Moulding is sooooo expensive. The amount of time and detail it takes to customize architectural elements can cost a pretty penny. This wall could have easily cost my Client $7K. Instead we got a little creative and DIY’ed this look for less than $200!
What You Need:
- Quart of paint
I used leftover wall paint of Pediment by Sherwin Williams, Emerald Line, Eggshell finish
- Paint can opener (like this one here)
- Stir stick (like these here)
- 3″ Paint Brush (like this one here)
- Canvas drop cloth (like this one here)
- Foam boards (here – there are also PVC options if you wanted more durability and long-term options)
- Double stick tape (here – it’s VERY important these be thick!)
- Command strips (here – if you have larger ones, they can be cut into smalls)
- Tape measurer (here)
How to Determine Sq. Ft.:
One case of foam boards covers 128 sq. ft. Using a great square footage calculator, such as this one here will help you determine how many you need. If you’re doing a single wall, remember you’ll need the length of the wall and the height of the wall.
How to Prepare:
- Find a flat surface in your workspace
- Open the drop cloth and lay it on your flat surface
- Open the foam boards
- Stack your boards directly next to where you plan to sit / stand to paint
- Open your can of paint
- Use the stir stick, carefully stir your paint so the colorant is mixed evenly
- Begin painting following the instructions below
How to Paint:
- Dip your paint brush into the paint can and wipe off the excess along the paint edge
- Using the diagram above, begin painting
- Start on the left and paint in a vertical format. See #1 in diagram above. Take extra care around the edges. You’ll want to be sure you cover all of the raised panels. See “Paint brush width” above.
- Next move on the right side. See #2 in the diagram above. Again, be sure to cover all of the raised panels and the edges of the foam board.
- Go to the top of the foam board and paint in a horizontal format. See #3 in diagram above.
- Go to the bottom of the foam board and paint in a horizontal format. See #4 in diagram above.
- Lastly, paint the center portion (#5 in the diagram above)
- Let the paint dry, approximately 30 minutes.
- If a second coat is needed repeat the above steps
I recommend waiting a full 24 hours from the last coat to ensure they’re completely dry prior to installing.
To begin installing this on your walls and/or ceiling, grab the command strips, double stick tape, tape measurer and painted boards.
And the final result:
I hope this guide helps you get you creative with your own space!
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Hi, I’m Kimberly, the owner of KH Home Design serving Connecticut. With my streamlined process, exceptional customer service, and impeccable design sense, I’m here to transform your home into a stunning reflection of your personal style and needs. As a multi-award-winning Interior Designer with a passion for design and a deep understanding of psychology, I create spaces that not only look amazing but also feel amazing to be in. Book a complimentary call today to get started on creating the home of your dreams.