Get our best tutorials for adding wall moulding and wall trim to make your home feel upscale and custom for the fraction of the cost of a professional. Plus, get all the tips for choosing the best paint for trim and molding with recommended tools to get the job done correctly.
We officially have picture frame molding in the dining room!
It’s not painted just yet, but the room already feels more elevated. That’s the magic of wall moulding though. You can take a flat, lifeless room, and the moment you add wall trim, it instantly feels upscale!
Since we already have construction dust all over the house at this point anyway, we figured why not add a little more? Ha! So we dove into our DIY picture frame wall moulding tutorial we shared back when we created Regan’s nursery several years ago.
Then I realized we have done SO many DIY wall molding projects over the years that they were worth re-sharing.
If you’ve ever felt intimidated by installing trim or millwork in your house, it really is much easier than you think. Once you start, you’ll be hooked because it adds character to every room.
8 Wall Molding Tutorials to Elevate Your Home
This traditional style of molding is perfect if you want your rooms to feel elegant and more luxurious.
If you already have crown molding in your house but it’s on the skimpy side, use this trick of adding a thin piece of trim an inch or two below crown molding and above existing baseboards.
Paint the trim and 1-2″ bit of wall in between the same color as the crown molding to create the illusion of a thicker crown quickly and for less money.
3. Grid Molding
This wall moulding is perfect for a focal wall on a large blank wall on stairs, behind a bed, or behind a sofa. Don’t worry about adding art.
Just let the molding do the work. (You can see more of our primary bedroom here.)
A more modern take on farmhouse shiplap, this vertical shiplap works well in bathrooms and hallways as a wainscoting to brighten up small, tight spaces and add texture.
(You can see more of this California casual powder room makeover here.)
If you love rustic style, a stained wood plank wall adds a ton of character for very little expense. Check out this DIY plank wall post too and how these different wood stains look on different species of wood to help you decide what color to stain your wall.
I recommend staining the wood prior to nailing it on the wall. Or you can use this natural, inexpensive stain made using basic items from your pantry. (You can see the rest of the playroom makeover here.)
It’s farmhouse all the way, but it’s always a classic. Buying tongue and groove planks ready made from the hardware store makes this wall treatment install go super quick.
Paint it white for classic farmhouse or coastal style or paint it dark for a more modern, industrial vibe. (You can see more of our foyer in our old house here.)
Board and batten works so well in entryways and mudrooms, but it’s perfect for basically any room of the house.
Take it all the way up to the ceiling or just run it halfway up the wall to add character in any room. (You can see the rest of this baby boy nursery here.)
Another great one for a focal wall (or on a ceiling). If you can’t decide between shiplap or board and batten, mesh both together this way. (You can see more of our primary bedroom in our last house here.)
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There are so many other kinds of molding I would love to attempt installing one day… like this DIY reeded wall (swoon). But these 8 are perfect for the basics.
Have you ever installed one? Or ever wanted to? Or attempted it once only to fail miserably? I promise those gorgeously molded walls are SO WORTH IT!
So ready to see these newly molded dining room walls painted soon!