How to Create Paneled Walls

Give your walls a two-toned panel effect with these easy step-by-step instructions.


Tools and Materials:

wall trim molding
wood glue
finish nails
paint and paintbrush
miter saw
nail gun
measuring tape


1. Cut molding to size. Start by cutting the wall molding to the desired size. Using a miter saw, cut four pieces of wood into two equal sizes (this will make one design), making sure the ends are cut at a 45-degree angle.

2. Lightly mark the walls. Decide where you want the molding placed on the wall and measure out the designs to make sure each rectangle will be evenly spaced and symmetrical. Then, using a level and a pencil, mark the walls so that you have a guide when attaching the molding.


3. Attach the first piece to the wall. Starting with the bottom piece of wood, apply wood glue, line up with marked guidelines, and press against the wall. Secure into place using a nail gun.



4. Attach the subsequent pieces. Next, attach the side pieces.



Apply wood glue to the molding. Line up the mitered corners and follow the marked guidelines.



Attach to the wall by pressing and secure with nails. Repeat this step for the rest of the rectangle.


5. Allow the glue to dry. Once all four pieces of molding have been attached to the wall, let the wood glue dry for about 2 hours.


6. Apply paint. Using a small paint brush, paint the molding your desired color.



Finally, paint the wall space around the molding a different color so that the design stands out.

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