Stiles and Rails

Stiles and rails are woodworking terms that refer to the outer frame of a “frame and panel” construction.  A basic frame and paneled section consists of two rails and two stiles that surround the  panel.   In the picture above, these panels are on a wall. The rails are the horizontal pieces and the stiles are […]

Order to paint an entire room

When you are looking at a large room and say, “where do I begin?”, this post will tell you in what order to paint an entire room. On this diagram below, the numbers correspond to the correct order to paint a typical room.   Most rooms will not contain all of these elements.   Your average room […]

Dado

A dado (day-doe) refers to the area below a chair rail (aka dado rail or skirting board).  The lower boundary is typically a baseboard. The original function of the chair rail was to stop chairs from damaging the wall.  The space below the rail quickly developed into a design opportunity. A dado (or wainscot) is […]