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How to Create Decorative Wall Panels

Written by; Emily Carson / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Aug 25 2009

  



As we mature, so does our decorating style. As kids, we want our rooms to be decked out in superhero motifs or princess motifs.

We progress to country style with heart motifs and gingham fabric. Now you favor a classic style. When changing preferences, it can be overwhelming because you don't have any accessories in your new style.


For a sophisticated addition to your decor without spending a lot of money, consider making wall panels. It is a simple project that is totally dependent upon you and your choice of wallpaper.

The tools and materials needed include: moldings of 1.2" inch for the inner panel, molding of 1 1/8" for the outer border, masking tape, wallpaper, wood glue, finishing nails, latex sealer, measuring tape, automatic nailer or hammer, mitre box or mitre saw, utility knife and filler.

Planning and design selection is the next step. Look at our current furnishing and pick a wallpaper design that will complement. Once a decision is made, measure the wall and sketch the pattern on paper. If making more than one panel for a room, all the panels should be the same height. The only exception to this rule is the wall with the windows. A rule of thumb is to leave a distance of 3" to 4" between the outer frame and the edges of the wall and floor.

A range of 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" should be the distance between the inner and the outer frames. Create a template for cutting the inside corners so that you can make the same cuts for each wall panel.

Construction of the wall panel can now begin. Use masking tape on the wall and mark the exterior corners with a pencil. The molding should be cut at 45 degree angles at the measurement written down previously. Sand until smooth. Initiate the construction with the inner panels. Utilize the templates for the decorative corner cut.

For larger panels, fasten the moldings in place with wood glue directly on the wall. For smaller panels, the frame can be built first and then attached to the wall. The goal with either method is to ensure that the frame is square.

Nail the panel in place with finishing nails. An automatic nailer makes this job simple and fast. Install the outer panel molding. Fix any holes with filler using a putty knife or your finger. An extra touch is to add a latex sealer which will close up the gap between the molding and the wall. Allow the sealer to dry, then sand. After that, clean with a wet cloth to clean and smooth the surface.

The finishing touches of the wall panel pull this project together. With a brush, paint the molding to cover the surface entirely. Next, the walls can be painted. Finally, the wallpaper, cut to size, is inserted to cover up the inner panel. Cut any excess wallpaper off with a utility knife.

The wall panel is now a beautiful piece of art that you made that helps to bring style to the forefront.

  

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