It sounds easy enough, right? Buy chair rail molding, some nails, a mitre saw, and voila! In reality, it is never that easy. I am nailing into sheet rock, so what type of nail do I want to grip the sheet rock, or do I have to nail it to the studs? Next, how do I countersink the nails to hide them? (Are they nails, or brads?)
Last, once countersunk, I assume one would apply some puddy to cover the holes and then paint. To save time, I was going to use pre-painted white molding which has a superior finish thereby removing the step of painting. However, won’t the process of countersinking and puddying precipitate a need to paint…which will never match the molding exactly, anyhow. so, should I plan on painting? (Maybe pre-painted molding skips the step of priming. Can I paint over pre-painted molding?)
And, I am still trying hard to picture how two boards cut at 45 will butt perfectly at a corner (where one board is perpendicular to the next) Something about it seems like it shouldn’t work, but I cannot put my finger on it.
Any tips and personal experiences greatly appreciated…