Rich Textured Walls for the Dining Room

On Wednesday, I told you all about cutting panel mouldings using a jig. Today, I show you the install and end result. With all the mouldings pre-cut, I used a square tool to mark all the corners of the panels I mocked up using painter's tape. marking wall

Next, I removed all the tape. Some of the paint peeled off but no biggie, as I needed to paint the mouldings once installed anyway.

without moulding

without moulding 2

without moulding 3

To install the mouldings, you'll need:

  • No More Nails adhesive to glue the mouldings to the wall
  • nailer + compressor for moral support (note: i know it sounds redundant to use a nailer in addition to a product called 'no more nails', but I wanted to ensure that the mouldings don't move as I install each piece, since it takes some time for the glue to bond)
  • level
  • paintable caulking to fill nail holes and seams
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    Before putting any glue on the mouldings, I recommend doing a test fit on the floor with all four pieces that make up a panel. Once I double checked my (ahem, Adam's) work, I applied glue to the back of a piece, placed it on the first corner mark, and leveled it. I then nailed the piece at each of the outer edges to keep it in place. I did the same for the remaining 3 pieces, and once I had my panel up, I added more nails at spaced intervals. PS - this is a time where I wish I was an octopus and had more hands to hold the moulding, level AND nailer. I felt like I was in a circus, using random body parts to juggle everything all at once.

    panels being installed

    The corners should look something like this: moulding close up Note: I wouldn't want to show you a closeup of the baseboards I've done in the past. All I can say is I've come a long way (hint: caulking does a wonderful job of hiding massive gaps).

    It took me 2 days (2-3 hrs per day) to install all the mouldings. I'm sure the pros do it in half the time. mouldings installed

    I don't have pics to show it, but once the panels were up I used paintable caulking to fill all the nail holes and corner seams.

    Last step, I painted the mouldings in the same color as the walls (Benjamin Moore, Newburyport Blue). As you can see from the next pic, painting a moulding the same color as the wall adds subtle texture and feels so elegant. first panel painted

    And voila, the final result: panels painted head on view

    opposite kitchen

    opposite kitchen 2

    kitchen wall 4

    kitchen wall 2

    I'm SOOOO pleased with how the mouldings turned out. In fact, I love it so much that I hope to do the same to other rooms in the house, when time and budget permit. Again, I purchased these mouldings via Metrie - I may be mistaken but I think their mouldings are only available through designers and trade professionals, though.

    The dining room is still a ways away from being considered complete, but let's take a trip down memory lane to see how far we've come, shall we?

    It looked like this before we moved in: Dining Room

    We demo'd: Dining Room, Before 1

    We installed new floors, drywall, and lighting: Living & Dining Rooms

    We painted and added baseboards: Dining Room, Baseboards completed

    We played with green tape: Dining Room Paneling Mock-up 1

    And finally, we added panel mouldings: panels painted head on view

    What remains for the dining room:

    • creating a brass chandelier to replace the stylish but lonely light bulb (yes, you heard right - I am going to build one from scratch)
    • curtains
    • furniture (sideboard and possibly new table/chairs)
    • accessories (rug, artwork)