Dining Room Wall Treatment

Recently I’ve been admiring all the wall treatments I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, and I just knew the square version would be perfect in my dining room.

Wall Treatment Plans

 It’s so hard to visualize what it will actually look like in real life.  So, I actually measured and drew out the squares on the wall.

Wall Treatment Measurements

Drawing Wall Treatment

I am SO glad I did this step because I actually decreased the square size and added two more rows.  What looked perfect on paper was not so perfect in real life.

Want to know more about this floral (“faux wallpaper“) wall we covered?  You can see more HERE.

Also, before I drew out my lines, I lightly sanded my flowers to keep them from showing through the paint later.

Sanding wall for wall treatment

Now with the additional squares, I figured up the supplies I needed for my plans and picked up the supplies from Lowes.  I used .688x 3in x 8ft Primed MDF Moulding for most of the wall.

The top horizontal piece was wider than the rest of the pieces, and this was the same MDF listed above, except is was 5.5 inches wide.

I wanted the wall treatment to be a dark gray so my white buffet would really pop.  I went ahead and painted the back of the wall to make the painting a little easier later and to make visualizing the wall treatment even better.  This made it more difficult for my husband to follow the lines, so I would skip this step next time.

painted on squares

Now is where my husband stepped in.  He put the baseboard in first (he used trim nails for this and hit studs whenever possible).  

Wall treatment progress

Next, he put up the wider piece at the top.

wall treatment - beginning

 Now it was time to put in the vertical pieces.

Nailing wall treatment

And then, it was time for the small horizontal pieces – lots of cutting, leveling, and fitting.  If you aren’t using glue, many of the pieces (the ones that aren’t attached at studs) will be pretty loose.  But because we use caulk next, don’t stress out too much!

Using a level

putting together the wall treatment

Wall Treatment - halfway

 I went through and used a nail setter to push the nails deeper so we could hide them with wood filler.

Using a nail setter

 Then we filled the holes with wood filler.

Wood Filler

 We caulked along all the edges.

caulk

 And then we let everything dry.

prep before paint

 Once the filler was dry, it was time to sand.  First, I tried hand sanding and realized this was a job for the electric sander.

Sanding*

 It made a mess and took forever.

Sanding

 I really should have sanded more – there are imperfections I left from not sanding enough, but I’m going to live with these for now.  

Wall Treatment

The paint is Valspar from Lowes.  The wall is Woodlawn Colonial Gray and the paneling is Mark Twain House Ombra Gray.

Square Wall Treatment

Dining Room Wall Treatment

Dining Room Wall Treatment*

I really love it and have to give my husband a HUGE shout out for an amazing job!

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Comments

  1. Sara this is brilliant! I’m just about to start the. Same project in my kitchen eating area. It is a huge wall and I think the squares will break it up nicely especially after seeing your finished project. Kudos!

  2. Love the wall you did, it looks awesome. I’ve been thinking of doing a project like this in my bedroom and liked how your walked through the steps of “how to”. You shared the paint color but I was curious what type of paint—flat, eggshell, statin did you use?
    Thanks

  3. Yes this project. Aren’t you glad it is behind you??? I really like the saying with gold edge as it pops color. Thank you for the helpful tutorial.

  4. This looks amazing! Did your husband have to remove the original baseboards at bottom before installing the MDF strips?

  5. Beautiful! My favorite part of the tutorial was seeing your darling husband help you with your dream. Men so often get a lot of flak in our society, but I am a big fan. I am also going to see if my dear husband will help me do this in my house! šŸ™‚

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