Learn how to create painted wall panels using wood mouldings. This is a great DIY project that can be achieved over a weekend.
Create a panelled wall effect

How to create a panelled wall effect

A step-by-step guide to creating your own wall panels.

To create this look, you’ll need:

• decorative moulding

• a few large sheets of paper

• some chalk

• a tape measure

• a small hacksaw

• a mitre box

• a paint colour for the moulding

• a nail-substitute adhesive to attach the moulding to the wall.

1. Decide what size and shape panels you want

We recommend using large sheets of paper to sketch out the size and shape of the panels that you want to create. Use masking tape to stick them on the wall – this way, you can move them around and get a good idea of how they’ll look in the space.

Rectangular panels are easiest, but if you feel confident, you could recreate the cutaway corners seen in the image here.

2. Mark out the panels with chalk and tape

Using chalk and a tape measure, mark out where you want your panels to be positioned on the wall. You might find it helpful to use a spirit level and plumbline to ensure the edges are level and straight.

If you tape over your chalk lines with low-tack masking tape, you’ll have a clear idea of what they’ll look like.

3. Measure your panels to work out how much decorative moulding or beading you’ll need.

You can purchase this in a range of different shapes and sizes from DIY, wood or specialist hardware shops.

4. Cut your mouldings to shape

Once you’ve bought your moulding and are ready to start, use a small hacksaw and mitre box to cut your moulding at a 45 degree angle. Lightly sand them down, so that you create a neat corner where two pieces meet.

5. Paint your mouldings

The colour you choose to paint your moulding will influence the kind of mood that you create in the space. To emulate the look of a beautiful French country house, crisp white is a great colour to choose.

If you’d like to create a bolder look, you could try painting your mouldings a brighter colour and pairing them with a neutral wall.

6. Fix your moulding to the wall and let it dry.

When the paint is dry, fix your moulding to the wall with a nail-substitute adhesive – the type that is available in a tube with a nozzle for accurate application.

Your new moulding will take at least 24 hours to dry properly.

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