Saturday, January 24, 2009

Recessed panelling 101


Ok , so recessed panelling this is what this type of trim treatment is , because the centers are recessed . I have simply taken the wall and added MDF to it , really it is that easy ,most of the joints are butt joints, again easy .

I first removed the trim that was existing and replaced the baseboard with a flat baseboard of MDF , 5 1/2 inches wide. I then determine the height { I installed mine at 44 inches } and draw that around the room with either a laser level or a regular level. I then mark out were the vertical pieces will go and evenly space them out and trace their locations . They do not have to be exact same space on each wall as walls are all different widths , so it is done to visually be pleasing.


I then attach the top piece which is at least 4 inches wide but if I were to do it again I would do little larger maybe even 5 1/2 inch because the chair rail shrinks the look of the top piece and I like it too be a good width, the vertical pieces are 3 1/2 wide. I them took a trim piece of chair rail and attached it to the top of the top rail , then place in all of the vertical pieces , it is really that easy . I did use some latex adhesive which is a helpful item, then I used nails to secure all trim .

After this stage I then use latex caulking to fill in where the wall meets the wood and all joint seams, for a clean finish . Lastly I painted with 3 coats of white {your choice} in a semi gloss . I finished the baseboard with a sunstantial 1/4 round piece of trim .

Oh I should mention , I always countersink the nails and fill them with nail filler and sand them before painting , nothing looks worse than nails showing to ruin your hard work.

















30 comments:

Mrs. Limestone said...

Wow - looks gorgeous. You are a diy rockstar!

Taryn said...

Wow- that really changes the feel of the rooms and walls. I love it.

Tonya said...

LOVE IT!!!!

What a great idea...I wonder if I should do that with my living room....You got me thinking now...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Karla said...

Looks great! I love what you did above the door leading into your kitchen too! Very pretty!

~Karla

Sarah B. said...

Your house is super gorgeous. I wish I had more space to work with, I've pretty much done what I can for now, except the bathroom...(hate doing bathrooms).
Anyway, we did a similar project in our then dining area, and spend about $30 total (nic paint). I'll post a picture on my blog too. Just wondered what your cost was for the project and did you go to Lowes, HD etc? Thanks!
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julie said...

Thanks Chris! I have been starting to shop around for the MDF! I figured that is what you used! I really want to do the same trim for the windows in my kitchen! How did you do the trim around your windows? How did you do the trim on top of your door? Please let us know your secrets! Thanks! email: mastersonspj@bellsouth.net

Miss JC said...

I love it! I have some VERY outdated oak colored paneling on my walls...this is a great idea, and it gives me some tips for what I can do with mine!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Very timely post, Chris as I've got this on my list of projects to do in my DR. I'm trying to decide if I want to do what you did or just use picture frame molding all around the room. I think I like the looks of your type better, but don't want to take down the existing chair rail OR baseboards to start over. Wonder if there is some way I could add to what I have & still do the same look you did? I'm gonna have to play around with it. Thanks for the visuals.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

It looks fabulous! Wonderful transformation!

Chris said...

I can not say what it cost , it is a big space including the dining room , hallway to the bath , the entrance and the stairs going up stairs. Maybe if I had to guess between $400-$500- in materials , I did a little at a time. Having this job done by an installer would cost 5x's that for sure.

Cathy said...

This is just awesome! Oh how I wish I could do something like that.

Cathy

Melissa said...

okay... so I am a big dummy. Is it just plain wall within the framed boxes, or a layer of wood or MDF behind all of that trim work? If is is just wall painted white, are your walls textured at all? Where can I find MDF? Does Lowes and Home Depot carry much of that or do I need to look elsewhere?
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

Leon Basin said...

I love it!

Chris said...

MDF is medium density fiber board , and you can get it at and and all building centers, it is cheap and pre primed. The middle is just the wall , drywall , not textured.

Natalie said...

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE IT!!

my hungry boys said...

Amazing how much better the walls look with the trim. Thank you for sharing all the details on how-to. If I am to attempt a project like this I NEED step-by-step instructions and lots of pics.

Seriously, you are an amazing d-i-yer!! Love your blog.

Also, I made your taco soup the other day and it turned out great. I don't know what a "tetra pack" is (I'm in the U.S.) so I just used a 32oz box of beef broth. Anyway, my kids LOVED it.:-)

Do you have any other great recipes you could share?

Chris said...

NO lie..I was in Lowe's tonight to have a piece of wood cut, and I thought of you the whole time. I was walking around all this wood, and I knew you'd be in your element. I have been thinking about doing wainscotting in my house for years, and I'm getting so tired of waiting for my husband to do it. I am saving this post, and I imagine I'll be back with a million more questions if I actually go at it! THANK YOU for this post!

Susan said...

Your wonderful Chris...I asked about this the other day. Such a talented person. I'm going to attempt this so wish me luck..
Thanks again,

Kim said...

THAT is exactly what I want in my eat in kitchen - next thing to do on my ever growing list!

meg duerksen said...

so cool.
i am hoping we will do this for our dining room. it would be perfect. thanks for breaking it down so easily. you are just too cool miss chris!

Nantucket Karen said...

Love light blue and black!! I'm just in awe of your talent!!!

Pajama Mama said...

awesome job! i'm so impressed you just attempted this, but it looks so professional!

lizziefitz said...

You knocked that out of the ballpark! It looks stunning. It may just be my favorite project you've done so far!

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Steph said...

I am new to your site. Love it! I have textured walls. This probably wouldn't look right with textured, would it? Maybe I should just do bead board paneling? Although I prefer this look.

Barbara said...

Oh baby! That really changed the look of that area. Beautiful!

Sara Walker said...

We are thinking of putting some paneling in our dining room. Do you have a formula for how you decide how high wainscoting should be? I always learned in design classes in school never to split something in half, but 1/3 seems too short and 2/3 seems too tall. Help. Please don't limit your response to just dining rooms. If you have different heights for different rooms, I'd love to hear them! We have 9 ft ceilings.

Our Poverty with a View said...

I just found your blog and am LOVING the paneling. It looks so great. Way to go!

Jenny said...

I love this!!! I also have textured drywall... Any ideas what to do with that? I also want to know how you did the windows. My windows have a sill at the bottom and they're framed in drywall. I have no idea how to make them look like they have wood frames, but that's how I want them to look! :)

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Love this look, do you care to share the color and brand of blue paint you have on the wall. You did a great job and have inspired me to give it a try.
Hugz,
Kim