How to easily cap a knee wall in an entryway.
I’m almost done with the living/dining and entryway makeover but there was something about the entryway that was bugging me. The walls are painted gray, the woodwork white, and the door is BM Blue Lake, here.
Anywho, something didn’t seem right in the entryway and I realized it was the piece of granite on the knee wall, or pony wall, separating the dining area from the entryway. It’s nice and there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s green. I love green but it doesn’t really go with the colors of my room, so I decided to build a wood wall cap to go over the green granite.
This turned out to be a much easier project than we thought it would and only cost less than $35 for supplies.
Supplies for knee wall cap
- 8′ piece of pine
- 2 pieces primed pine molding
We started with the chop saw to cut the piece of pine to length and the molding into three pieces. After all of our wood was cut, we put the pieces together. We used a piece of scrap wood, that he had cut to the exact width of the green granite, as a guide for the molding placement. We simply nailed it into the pine plank and then placed the molding around it. The wall cap had to be a perfect fit, without the chance of having it shift around, and this trick guaranteed that it would be snug.After the molding was in place, we drilled small pilot holes into the molding so that the wood wouldn’t split when he put the nails in. We didn’t go all the way into the pine plank itself because it wasn’t necessary.
Next we just nailed the molding to the pine plank and set the nails into the molding using a larger nail (we did this because we didn’t want the hammer to make dents on the wood while hammering the nails in).
Once all the nails were set, we removed the scrap piece of wood that was our spacing guide, and sanded the molding and the plank. Now it was ready for primer and paint.
First I caulked all of the nail holes. Then I primed the pine plank and the molding. Once the primer was dry I sanded them and then painted everything with my white trim paint. I lightly sanded again, and then painted one more coat of white.
Once it was dry, we used caulk to put four quarter sized dabs on the top of the green granite. We used caulk so that if we ever want to remove the cap, it should come off without damaging anything. Then I laid a bead of caulk on the end that went against the wall. Once it was pressed into place, we fixed up the caulk that squished out, and we were done.
It only took us about an hour to build the cap, and it took me about an hour to paint and sand it (not including drying time). It took us about 10 minutes to caulk it and place it on the wall. It’s a nice, snug fit, and now it matches the color of my woodwork in the house. This was an easy and cheap project that’s the perfect finishing touch in my entryway.
My dining area is still a work in progress but I’ll be sharing the finished space soon.Thanks so much for visiting.