I have recently taken down a wooden wall that was attached to a stone wall. I am interested in finishing the stone wall by repointing and leaving it exposed.

My question is about the wooden wall that still exists. I am not sure how to finish it at the end, where it meets the stone wall at a right angle. I will be painting the pink wall.

Any ideas how I make the intersection look nice?

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Don't build a river

I'm not a fan of scribe-fitting to extremely irregular surfaces like this. Even if you do a great job it'll look like a child drew a river down the wall. You simply can't get it to look "professional", and it'll draw the eye to the unfortunate situation more so than now.

Ideally the stone wall would've been fit to the wooden wall, with flat cuts on the ends of each stone to fit well against the wood. That's not an option here, even if we consider cutting a channel into the stone in which to insert paneling--the existing wall is in the way of that work. I've done exactly that for remodeling jobs with good success, though.

Sometimes in art, simpler is better

My approach would be to leave it mostly as-is. Since there's a good lap of the stone wall behind the wooden wall, you don't have an odd void to deal with. I would simply remove the existing ripped end paneling board and replace it with a single board that's as wide as the resulting gap to the edge of the framing, putting a bullnose edge on both sides to match the other paneling. If the existing end board is actually full-width, a new strip of paneling (with its edges shaped to match the other boards) would also work.

This will leave a clean, straight line that doesn't attract undue attention. Paint the wall and be happy.


"Look nice" is a highly subjective criterion.

One approach to that sort of junction is to scribe a trim board.

One tacks a trim board in a vertical position touching the stone, and then sets a compass or pair of dividers equal to the largest gap between the stone and the board. The compass or dividers are then used to follow the irregular stone face and scribe a corresponding mark on the board. The board is then removed and the scribed line is cut, which should result in a trim board that meets the stone wall "snugly" (depending how well it was scribed you may need a few test fits and trimming to get it snug enough to suit.)

If the stone wall is at all prone to being wet, choose a trim board that won't rot (PVC "lumber" or pressure-treated.)

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    When you cut the wood, cut the back at a slight angle so that the side that meets the stone is a bit more pointed. This will allow a better fit for any irregularities the scribe couldn't pick up. Hope this makes sense. Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 14:49

I would replace the wooden wall (we call that wood paneling here in the States). Below it is probably drywall. Check and see. If it is pull it down and work on the drywall or put drywall over the painted paneling.

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    But the question is how to finish the joint. 1/4 round trim is a very common method redoing the surface the joint still needs to be done.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 13:37
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    The OP indicates no desire to replace the paneling, but is, instead, looking to provide a more "finished" looking joint between the stone & existing paneling. Care to edit your post to address the actual question?
    – FreeMan
    Commented Sep 18, 2020 at 14:11
  • I like the wood paneling look so I don't want to put drywall up but thanks for pointing out the option. :)
    – cgreeno
    Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 8:56
  • This doesn't address the problem. It just moves it back a layer.
    – isherwood
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 16:08

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