A Feature Wall with WOW


Beautifully decorated rooms have many style elements that draw a person in and make them feel warm and welcome.  For me, it’s all about the architectural details and I LOVE rooms that feature crown molding, beefy baseboards and layers of wainscoting.   These features add a sense of luxury and grandeur and create a high-end, designer look.  Fortunately, many of these architectural elements can be recreated very cost effectively without draining your bank account.  In fact, the entire DIY shown below cost less than $100 including paint.  The room above was slightly more expensive, but that’s only because it’s larger and required more materials.  I’m thrilled with the way both these walls turned out and I encourage you to try this DIY.  

For this DIY you’ll need the following:

  • mitre saw
  • pneumatic nailer
  • level
  • measuring tape
  • 8′ long and 3.5″ wide, 0.5″ thick MDF boards (pre-primed)
  • caulking gun and caulk (paintable)
  • shims
  • wood filler
  • sandpaper
  • paint

The Home Depot sells the boards in bundles of 10 for $42.95.  Each board is helpful tipalready primed.



Step 1:

Prime and paint the wall.  I used a semi-gloss to match the finish on baseboards and crown molding.

Step 2:

Measure and install (with the nailer) the panels on the top, bottom, and both sides of the wall to create a frame.

Step 3:

Measure and divide the wall into even sections, factoring in the width of the panels.  Once spacing is determined, install the vertical panels. Use the level to ensure they are straight.


Step 4:

Measure and determine the spacing of the horizontal panels, cut and install panels, using the level to ensure they are even.


Step 5:

Fill nail holes with wood filler, sand then paint.  Once paint has dried caulk all gaps between the wood and wall for a seamless finish.

Here’s the finished product!






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