Knee (Wall) Cap

The wall between the kitchen and the dining room allows for looking into the kitchen from the living and dining rooms but is tall enough to (hopefully) to hide any mess on the kitchen countertops.

Looking into the new kitchen from the dining room with the framed knee wall..
Looking into the new kitchen from the dining room with the framed knee wall..

Even though this wall is much taller than knee height — 48 inches — it needed to have some kind of topper to finish it off.

In the dining room the knee wall is covered with paneling.
In the dining room the knee wall is covered with paneling.
The knee wall from the kitchen side of the peninsula.
The knee wall from the kitchen side of the peninsula.

At first our contractor bought a long piece of one inch lumber to cap the wall but I asked for something a little beefier.

We had 3 options to finish the top edges of the board.
We had 3 options to finish the top edges of the board.

He came up with a thicker piece of lumber which needed a little “something” to give it a finished look.  I had a choice of 3 different routed edges.

Option one - slight bullnose.
Option one – slight bullnose.
Option 2 -- more pronounces bullnose
Option 2 — more pronounced bullnose
Option 3 -- Beaded edge.
Option 3 — Beaded edge.

Charlie and I like the most detailed one best which is also the one our contractor preferred.

The newly routed edge on the knee wall.
The newly routed edge on the knee wall.

He routed the edges after the board was installed.

Knee wall in the dining room with the new  cap.
Knee wall in the dining room with the new cap.

I still have to either paint or stain the board.

Capped knee wall from the kitchen side.
Capped knee wall from the kitchen side.

It has been pre-primed but I’m sure I could sand that off if we preferred a stained finish.

Would you stain or paint?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Knee (Wall) Cap”

    1. Sounds like a good idea. I’m painting the paneling white and I’ve already started so there’s no turning back. Ultimately we might put granite that matches the island. Oh, who am I kidding, that would be on the very bottom of our to-do list. Jo

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