Architectural Columns and Rails

Build columns, add chair rails and hang picture and plate rails for extra details around your home.
botanical accents are living room theme

botanical accents are living room theme

Related To:

Columns

1. Cut plywood into the desired column width and height and attach together to make a long box.
2. Add crown molding that's cut at a 45-degree angle. Keep in mind that it must be flipped over when mitering (pretend the base of the saw represents the ceiling).
3. Finish with decorative beading a few inches below the molding.

Chair Rails

1. To end a chair rail at a window, cut trim at a 45-degree angle.
2. Cut another piece in the opposite matching angle and remove just the angle portion. Attach it to the end with glue.

Picture and Plate Rails

1. Turn a piece of baseboard molding upside down and attach decorative trim to the top. Allow a space for picture hooks or plates.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Install Timeless Rail-and-Stile Wainscoting

Wainscoting wall treatments are a classic way to add architectural interest to any room. Consisting of horizontal rails and vertical stiles, this relatively easy woodworking project is based on a design found in historic homes, and is sure to lend old-home charm to builder-basic new spaces. 

Exterior Trim, Molding and Columns

Create curb appeal with these handy touches that add character to your home.

How to Freeze Apples

Save that apple bounty for the months ahead.

How to Distress Furniture

What's old is chic again. Follow these step-by-instructions for achieving a distressed look on furniture.

How to Kill Mold

Killing mold is a dirty job, but the right tools can help you wipe it out for good. Check out these tips for using the best cleaners to solve your fungus problem.

Wood Column Wrapped With Shelves

A plain basement column is jazzed up with two-tone wood and rows of tiny shelves.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How do you remove the wallpaper without damaging the wall – or yourself? Use these tips to help you decide which option will work best.

How to Remove Black Mold

Learn how to remove black mold safely and effectively.

How to Freeze Spinach

Freeze fresh spinach leaves—homegrown or store-bought—to create your own dark leafy green to flavor hot dishes and smoothies.

How to Freeze Broccoli

Garden-fresh broccoli tastes amazing—nothing like its supermarket cousin. Freeze this cool-weather crop in season to savor later.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.