I am renovating my kitchen and want to install wainscoting throughout. I can either just add “rails and stiles” over the existing wall surface or I can add a sheet of material and then add “rails and stiles” over that.
I want to do this in primarily MDF as it will all be painted and I like the hardness and smoothness of MDF. Then again, if I just lay trim over the walls, for the sake of not cutting a slew of MDF down into strips, I might just get poplar or something.
My problem is that when I double the thickness by adding a full sheet behind the trim, I am afraid that it will look odd at the door locations. I plan to trim the doors out normally and then run the wainscoting up to that. I could run the wainscoting to the doors and then only trim the doors out above the chair rail.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Also, it just occurred to me that I have a problem where the pantry cabinet goes. There is a wall on the back and one side. so, if I run the wainscoting to it, the cabinet has to be away from the wall enough to allow for operation of the cabinet.
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