Wall Treatment Specs

Vinny, my painter, just left. I have to say, there is no possible way this will look as good in pictures as it does in person. Unless of course you have a better camera than me, or just know how to time the natural light thing. No matter, I thought this would be a good time to tell you the specs of my One Room Challenge walls, just in case someone out there wants to do a wall treatment and doesn't want to nail a bunch of sizes up to the wall....like I did. 

Here is what the walls look like in most of my entry. 

The majority of the trim is 1/2" MDF sheets cut to specific widths. I like MDF because it doesn't move {shrink/swell} like real wood. I hate seeing those cracks in the joints during the winter months.

Here you can see the reveal I used...3 1/2". Since that is the reveal, many of the boards needed to be wider. 


This will show you why


Maintaining a consistent reveal throughout will give you a really expensive looking project.  

Another thing to consider is the corners


On an outside corner, you would need to take 1/2" off one of the boards. 

As for the panel widths, I would suggest that you divide the wall into a size that you feel comfortable with.  Since every one of my walls were a different length, they are similar to each other, but far from exact. 
Furniture placement will camouflage a lot of this. 


In this small area that I called Section 2, you can see that a framed upper wall would not work. I kept the same bottom treatment as the other hall, but modified the top to be a mock chair rail. You can also notice that the reveal under the crown was modified, too.


Here are the specs for the top of section 2


Here are the specs for all the the bottom pieces



These are the trim pieces that I used




Some of the hard cuts that Joe and Mike did

Wrapped the corners








All of the trim is pained in BM Snowfall White. The walls are BM White Dove.

Do you have architectural moldings and trim in your home?


Week 5


34 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! Love the way it turned out. Nothing like moulding to finish off any room

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  2. Hi Linda...The "specs" are that it looks "spec"tacular!!!! I love how it looks!!!

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  3. There are so many things to comment on here I don't even know where to begin! First of all I LOVE how it all came out. It's so professional and custom looking. And thank you so much for talking about MDF vs. real wood, I didn't know that it wouldn't shrink like wood does, which is my everlasting pet peeve about carpentry projects I've done that get that crack from shrinkage in the winter months. I despise that, and will have to use MDF in future projects. Love the wrapped edges - they are such a beautiful finishing touch. Oh I could go on and on - but I'll zip it and just say it's gorgeous Linda!!

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  4. My cousin Vinny!! He did an incredible job. Your millwork looks like a work of art. Truly. Love it!

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  5. Love this! Matthew and his Dad did all the trim work and paneling in our home in Pawleys and you better believe they'll be rehired to do some in our new house. I just love the added drama and sophistication it adds. It looks so pretty!

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  6. Wow! This looks fantastic Linda! Way too much math for me this early in the morning, but thanks for all the photos that make up for it ;)
    What a huge difference. Do you want to do every wall in your house now?

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  7. looks fantastic - i have crown and base plus window and doors of course (all super wide - i have a thing for BIGGER is better) - but i don't have any of the other trim work (panels) or chair rails - i also don't have the height of my ceilings to put in a chair rail :o( .. i have a 1950's Cape Cod house ..

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  8. I'm so in love. Incredible. I'd do my whole damn house like that. Does Vinny travel?

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  9. Wow it looks amazing. Vin did a great job. I love how you explain it all here. The right trim can add SO MUCH CHARACTER to any space.

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  10. This looks amazing ... I am so proud!!! What a difference the details make!! xo

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  11. What a gorgeous statement! Thanks for sharing all the deets, and saving us the brain damage! :)

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  12. This is INCREDIBLE!! Great job!! I can't wait to see what you write about tomorrow!! xo

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  13. This is absolutely fabulous! And thanks for the info on MDF. I thought it might be something like that.

    Love your attention to detail and knowing how to get the look you wanted. WOW!!!!

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  14. This is so spectacular Linda! I love the details and how professional it is, and you told us why. You are such a carpenter! I really would leave all this detail to a professional since I am not a perfectionist, but this truly looks spot on perfect. Love the paint and the sheen. It is looking dreamy and so upscale!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  15. It looks amazing! Thanks for breaking down all the pieces you used and giving tips about corners and such.

    I have no good trim in my house. Just the 3" stuff they put in when the house was built in 1968. I've got a pile of MDF in my garage (well, my dad's garage--he has a table saw) to be turned into 6" moldings sooner or later.

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  16. That Looks SOOOO Good Linda. So custom and expensive and works so great the with Nantucket style of your house. I'm in love. It was sooo worth all the painting and sanding and butt crack. Looks amazing

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  17. Looks so beautiful Linda! Great detailed information too...fantastic.

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  18. Looks so good....boy, you are one talented lady! I would never attempt this on my own.

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  19. hew, that's a lot of detailing info Linda! I never knew so much needs to be thought of for architectural molding and trims like this! I dont have any trims in my house yet, but would love it especially in my Dining room, will keep thispost in mind once I start. ;-) Thank you!

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  20. Linda, this is so helpful I can not tell you. I am bookmarking this post to show my husband. I think it will be immensely helpful when he does the wainscotting in the family room. Thank you, thank you!!

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  21. looks amaaaazing!!!
    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  22. this is soooo impressive!! I didn't realize how complicated this would be...and now that you were so kind as to break it down for us...I see all the work and effort and it looks even more beautiful!!Congrats!

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  23. Wouldn't I love to have moldings like this!!! My little house was built in 72 and has no architectural detail whatsoever. Not even a mantel. Love the white palette!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  24. I love, love, love this post! I am going to do this in my dining room this summer and I had no idea which molding pieces to use. Thank you for sharing the details.

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  25. This is obviously a huge undertaking and soooooo well worth all of the work! It is BEAUTIFUL!

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  26. That made my head spin! Complicated order....it looks so beautiful though :)

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  27. Love your beautiful finished project. Your post on this project is a keeper so thank you for sharing it all!!!

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  28. OMG, that is beautiful! Found you through Sawdust Girl's Sawdust Throwdown...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    http://designsbystudioc.com

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  29. BEAUTIFUL job! and great tutorial and explaning. I really like how the trim in the last few pics is not just cut off, but must have been done with coping saw, to get it to overlap a little. Looks fantastic. I saw this on Sawdust Girl's linky party.
    Kristina @ thriftysouthernpilgrim.com

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  30. Thank you for the molding lesson. We have molding that the builder put up and as soon as I win the lotto it will all be fixed!

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  31. This is an amazing post for showing details and giving some thought to planning behind the wainscot. Beautiful room!

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  32. This Is So Beautiful. I Love Molding!
    Amy @ Hertoolbelt.com

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  33. This Is So Beautiful. I Love Molding!
    Amy @ Hertoolbelt.com

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  34. I'm a little belated in reading this post - but, incredible! Thanks so much for sharing all of the details going into this thought process!

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