A Guide to Molding Wall Art
Custom and screen moldings may not look like much on commercial shelves. But when applied to
plain walls and cabinets, they give lots of personality. In addition, they relatively cost little and
demand small effort on your part. You can improve a room's appearance just by adapting different
molding styles to your own wall decor.
A long and tall wall can be divided using both vertical and horizontal strips of molding. Consider
the height of your ceiling, the length of the wall and other architectural features. Spacing of your
moldings will depend on these factors.
Using a level and lead pencil, start drawing the horizontal line on the wall. You can apply wallpaper
or paint below this line and a different approach above the line or vice versa. Nail the horizontal
custom molding through the studs. Studs are posts in the framework of the wall.
You can recognize these posts by tapping along the wall with a hammer and listening for solid
thuds. If you are having a hard time distinguishing these sounds, do not worry. Commercial stud-
finding devices are readily available. Once you hit the first stud, measure the intervals and you are
on your way to finding subsequent studs for nailing.
Flat cabinets can be given a lift with a little trim, wallpaper and imagination. Apply a new coat of
paint, then measure in from the edge for wallpaper placement. The wallpaper pattern and door size
will show you how wide the painted outer edge of the molding wall art should be.
After cutting the flat screen molding and painting it to match the wallpaper, glue and nail it in place.
Make sure the wood strips will cover the edge of the wallpaper. The glue will secure the molding to
the cabinet door while keeping it flat. Fill the nail holes with glue, sand them lightly and finish with
paint. Add wooden knobs painted to match the trim of the molding.
Custom framing a wall is easy to do when similar frames show a series of artwork. Most home
improvement centers will rip boards for you at a minimal f