Why suffer blank boring walls? As a team of pros proves, easy-to-make molding frames can add style and architecture to rooms of most any style. 

How to apply molding frames in 6 simple steps.

  1. Decide on the size of your panel to help determine the length of molding pieces needed. Consider the size of the items you’ll position inside of the frame as well as the amount of empty wall space you would like to surround them.

  2. Select and purchase stock molding from a lumber or home-improvement store. Consider your décor when selecting the style of molding. Have pieces cut to your finished measurements.

  3. Using a pencil and level, draw an outline on your wall where you want the frame positioned.

  4. Give the molding pieces a couple of coats of paint before applying them to the wall.

  5. Beginning with a side piece, apply the molding strips to the wall with small amounts of adhesive. Secure them with small nails (in the thickest part of the wood pieces to prevent splitting.

  6. Fill the nail holes with wood filler or spackle. Sand them for a smooth finish and caulk along edges to eliminate gaps, if needed. Touch up with paint, as necessary.

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Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.