Hello! I’m Sara from Sincerely, Sara D., and I’m thrilled to be here with you today on Remodelaholic.
I wanted to give my family room an entirely new look, and this DIY paneled wall treatment makes such an elegant statement.
I do not claim to be a woodworker, but I am pleased with the result and spent around $300.
How to Install a DIY Paneled Wall Treatment
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Here’s what I used:
- (2) 4.5″ corner blocks like these
- (20) 1 3/8″ x 8 ft primed base cap molding
- (15) 4.4″ x 8 ft primed corner blocked square edge
- (8) tubes of caulk (but I’d recommend using a caulking gun) plus some wood filler
- (1) gallon of Valspar Reserve Paint in Nightime View
This is what the primed base cap looks like.
And this is the primed corner block square edge.
Step-by-Step Installation Instructions
I began on the top of the wall and worked my wall down. I cut a piece of the corner block square edge to size and made sure the top piece was level while attempting to have it as close to the ceiling as possible.
This is where things get tricky pretty fast. I cut pieces of the corner caps and created a frame around the corner blocks. I then cut pieces of the corner block square edge to fit around the framed corner blocks. I had bigger gaps than I would have liked, but I used caulk to fill those in (again, I am new to solo woodworking)!
Once that top part is done, the rest is easy! I added a piece of the corner block square edge to the bottom of the wall above the existing trim.
I then cut more corner block square edge to frame in the lower portion of the wall.
And then framed in the rest of the lower portion with the block square edge. Then I framed inside that with the trim cap.
After all the trim was hung, I went through and caulked everything. This took forever, and I would suggest using a caulk gun over the individual tubes like I did.
Once the caulk dried, I painted the entire paneled wall with two coats of paint.
I added a couple hanging lamps to both paneled walls, and I was done!
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