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Beadboard panel wainscot - under new door casing, or butted up to it?

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06-30-15, 01:30 PM   #1  
Beadboard panel wainscot - under new door casing, or butted up to it?

In a bathroom I'm putting bead-board half way up a sheetrock wall. I plan to install base and cove to cover the panel's bottom edge, and a cap molding at the top edge of the panel.

What to do where panel meets a window or door opening? I could:
  1. install panel to rough opening and apply window/door trim OVER the paneling, or
  2. trim the window/door first and then scribe/notch the panel around the window stool, apron, & casing (same with door plinth and side casing)

The latter approach is clearly more work. The only problem with the former approach is that the paneling stops half way up the wall - in the middle of the side casings. Should I "build up" the head casing and the upper parts of the side casings with scrap of panel material, to match the thickness below, and caulk?

What would a smart person do to get a good result?

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06-30-15, 01:53 PM   #2  
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You've named off the 2 choices, pick whichever one will work best for you I'd probably go with option #2

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06-30-15, 01:53 PM   #3  
Welcome to the forums! Not sure about the smart thingy, but I always remove the sheetrock where I plan on installing beadboard as a wainscoting, and use flat chair rail. The beadboard planks will fit under your window and door trim and not require anything else. It gives you a flat wall, too.

Edit: Oops, you said "panels", and I was thinking planks. Door #2.

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