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Use Picture Frame Molding To Create Wall Panels

Updated on February 13, 2010

Quick and Easy, But Beautiful

One of my favorite tricks for creating beautiful a beautiful wainscot look without too much time, effort, or expense, is to use simple moulding (molding) to create a paneled look!

Simple Picture Frames Do The Trick

he wall in this photo has some very simple trim work that has made it look dramatically better!

You can create a look like this by simply installing a chair rail molding at around 34" (measure to the top of your dining room chairs to make it work as intended). The space beneath the chair rail is painted solid white. You can install some simple plywood paneling, or you can just paint the drywall!

The panels are just simple molding, something like what would be used for a picture frame, cut on 45 degree angles to form a square and installed on the wall. It sounds simple because it is!

You can install the molding with a brad nail gun and air compressor, small hand-drive trim nails, or even a hot-glue gun (if your trim is small enough)!

You can see more chair rail pictures and read about chair rails and wainscot at

Tools Required:

  • Cutting the miters:  When working with small trim like this, you can use a hand miter box which is available for very low cost and is easy to use.  If you have more work to do, and have some basic skills with power tools, an electric miter saw would be much better.  A 10" compound miter saw does most jobs and can be found for a good price, but a smaller one would work for this.
  • Installing the trim: Hand nailing trim is possible, but it's hard to do.  Most of the time small parts get broken or damaged, and it's really a pain in the rear.  The best tool is an air compressor and a brad nailer.  This shoots tiny nails that don't require much work at all to fill the holes and make disappear.  You can also use small trim screws and a screw gun.
  • Sanding and Painting - normal hand tools does the job for this, and voila... all finished!

Time Required:

  • A beginner can do a room this size in a weekend!


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      Jacy thomas 

      4 years ago

      You can use picture-framing tools to create a photo frame. With the tools, you can create a photo frame in your free time on your own or by taking help of your friends. More detail please visit here:

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      6 years ago

      hi kevin i shouldn't give it out but here is there site

      filling address , they have a wealth of knowledge ,tell them martin netsims give you there number

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      Haion Won 

      7 years ago

      I would like to introduce an innovative wall frame marking tool. Please visit and play a four minute video for a better understanding.

      It takes three days for a contractor to install 40-50 wall frames in a four bedroom house. The total cost is about $3,000-4,000. The material cost is not that much expensive. But, the wall frame marking labor cost is very high. My business partner, a reliable excellent contractor, brought up an idea making the job easier, quicker, and more convenient. We developed Wall Frame Marking Tool. With the tool, it takes just a half day to finish the job.

      Even excellent Do-It-Yourself people do not install wall frames because installing wall frames is too cumbersome and tedious.

      More than 20 steps are removed. Ruler, level, laser, or snapping lines are no longer necessary. Over 90% of marking time has been reduced. Just nail gunning with the tool will do. It is that simple. What a great tool it is!

      Contractors, carpenters, and interior designers can save at least three thousand dollars in a single job. For more than several hundred years, wall frames are installed in this aweful way.

      I hope the wall frame specialists as well as DIYers' save their time and money.

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      Dave Framer 

      8 years ago

      we usedto do a lot this I even used this method in my own home,only thing is we called i shadow boxing, cheap way to dress your rooms and columns


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