As "a chair rail snob," maybe you can help. I'm finally removing wallpaper from my dining room. I have a 2 1/2 inch and a 1 inch chair rail with a 9 inch wallpaper border between them and wallpaper below. I plan to paint the space where paper was to match the tan above the rails. Do I need to remove the lower 1 inch rail or could I leave it? I like trim and wondered if a double rail effect would be ok.
My first instinct is to remove the whole thing, and add a beefy chair rail. or none at all. I would definitely not paint the center portion the wall color, this accentuates the small size of the trim. If anything you could perhaps paint it all (both trims and the space between them) your trim color, making it all look like a chair rail. Here is a link to a blog where someone did something similar, except at the ceiling rather than the center of the wall. The "snob" in me would not want a drywall texture in the center portion, making it so laborious, it would hardly be worth salvaging the existing trim.