How to Build Your Own Decorative Wall Panels

Decorative wall panels make it easy to add some extra style and architectural flair to any space in your home. Find out how to build and install them yourself.

Skill
Beginner
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $500

Before You Start

Before you purchase any materials for this project, make sure you calculate the surface area.


  1. 1

    Measure the Wall and Identify the Studs

  2. Steps:

  3. 1.1
    Use a measuring tape to measure the wall for the installation.
  4. 1.2
    Mark the centre of the wall.
  5. 1.3
    Locate the studs using a stud finder.
  6. 1.4
    Identify the studs so that you know where the panels will need to be nailed.

Pro Tip

The panels for this project are 2' in width and tall enough to cover 2/3 of the height of the wall. Let your imagination run free as well!

  1. 2

    Cut the Panels and Mouldings to Size

  2. Steps:

  3. 2.1
    Make two 2’-wide panels by cutting each 4'-wide panel down the middle.
  4. 2.2
    Cut both the panels and the mouldings to a height equal to 2/3 of the wall.
  5. 2.3
    Cut the bottom and top mouldings according to the width of the wall.
  6. 2.4
    Create a 45° angle at the location where the two pieces of moulding meet.

  1. 3

    Apply Stain to the Mouldings

  2. Steps:

  3. 3.1
    Stain the mouldings by applying a thin coat.

Pro Tip

To create a striking contrast or add a bold burst of colour, you can also use interior paint.

  1. 4

    Install the First Moulding

  2. Steps:

  3. 4.1
    After the stain is dry, attach the base moulding to the wall using a nail gun.

Pro Tip

A hammer and nails can be used instead.

  1. 5

    Install Vertical Panels and Mouldings

  2. Steps:

  3. 5.1
    Secure the first moulding to the centre of the installation wall. Check that everything is straight using a level.
  4. 5.2
    Use nails and a few drops of PL glue to install the wood panels on either side.
  5. 5.3

    Proceed with the installation until you reach the wall's outer edges, continuing to add moulding between each panel.

Pro Tip

Orient the panel with its cut edge facing downwards to ensure a straight top.

  1. 6

    Cut the Final Two Panels

  2. Steps:

  3. 6.1
    Measure the remaining space on both sides of the installation. Make sure your calculation includes the width of the final mouldings to be installed on the wall.
  4. 6.2
    Cut the final two panels to your measurements.

  1. 7

    Install the Last Panels and Mouldings

  2. Steps:

  3. 7.1
    Install the last two panels you cut.
  4. 7.2
    Place the final two pieces of vertical moulding against the wall on either side.
  5. 7.3
    Secure the final pieces of moulding along the top for a clean look.
  1. 8

    Arrange Your Furniture and Enjoy the New Look

  2. Steps:

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