I’ll be installing some wainscot paneling in my home. While at Home Depot perusing my options for cap/chair rail moulding, I happened across a moulding with a profile that I liked. According to the description affixed to it though, it is case moulding (for around doors/windows, correct?).
My immediate thought was, “well, I certainly can’t use that.”
But, as I continued my search I began to realize that, given the limited choices, in order to acheive the look I was after I’d have to build my own out of several different mouldings.
“Hmmm, I like the look of that case moulding, which of these other mouldings would I need to combine to make a similar profile. Okay, 40’ of this one, the same of this, and oh yeah that’ll look nice…Waitaminute, why don’t I just use the case moulding???”
I’m thinking, to the casual observer, it won’t make a difference - they’ll never know I used the wrong type of moulding. But, to my architecture-savvy friends (of which I have a few, but I’m embarassed to ask them about this), it’ll stick out like the proverbial sore thumb - “HaHa what a fool! He used case moulding as cap rail! HaHaHaHaHa!!”
So, my question is, is it acceptable in this case to use a material designed for one application to satisfy another?