DIY Wall Treatments

I am obsessed with older homes because they have so much character and charm. Many of these homes have unique wall treatments, and I have tried to replicate those wall treatments in our home. I rounded up all my favorite DIY wall treatments (and tutorials) for you.

Before we move on to the projects, please realize I am not a professional. However, I love the character the wall treatments add to our home’s blank walls, and I enjoy the DIY process – even if they’re not perfect.

Also, when painting these wall art pieces, I would suggest painting the entire wall the same color – include the bottom baseboard. To easily paint baseboards on carpet, see this tutorial.


DIY Wall Treatments

This square paneled wall was one of the first wall treatments we added to our home, and it’s one of my favorites.

As with any DIY project, it is a good idea to measure the space and sketch out a plan. You can also use painter’s tape to better visualize it on your wall.

I ended up drawing out the plan on the wall too, which was a great idea since I did tweak the sizes of the squares.


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  • Primed MDF board
  • Sandpaper
  • Caulk
  • Wood filler
  • Nail gun (although we did this with a hammer and nails)
  • Chop saw
  • Level
  • Paint
  • Pencil
  • Wood Putty (to hide those nail holes)
  • caulk

We used .688 x 3 in x 8 ft primed MDF molding for most of the wall decor (I added a wider piece to the top and later tweaked that some) and butted the bottom piece right up to the baseboard.

We used a hammer and nails instead of a nail gun. After this project, we bought a nail gun, and it makes the process SO much easier. They are worth the investment.

We caulked and painted the entire wall, and lived with it for several years.

I later added cove molding to the interior of the squares, and it was worth the extra effort.

I also added a thin piece along the top to add a little more dimension and painted the wall in Benjamin Moore’s Storm Cloud Gray.

You can see more on the square wall treatment HERE, and I talk about the updates (inside trim work and green paint color) HERE.

Classic Board and Batten

Classic board and batten is timeless and a fairly easy wall treatment to create. I created this accent wall solo in an afternoon, and is there perfect addition to a kid’s room. If you’re looking for an easy DIY wall decor idea, this is it!


  • (9) 5 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • (6) 2 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • (2) 3 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board
  • Sandpaper
  • Caulk
  • Wood filler
  • Nail gun
  • Chop saw
  • Level
  • Paint

For this project, I began and the bottom and moved my way up. I added 3 1/2″ x 8″ primed MDF board to the base (right on top of the baseboard).

Once the bottom piece is up, layout the 5 1/2″ x 8″ boards and figure out how far to space the pieces.

The top piece is a 2 1/2″ x 8″ board.  Once that is in place (use a level to be sure everything is straight), add the larger (5 1/2″ x 8″) boards.  Begin in the center and then center a piece between the center of the wall and the corner on the right side.  Do the same with the left side.

Add another 2 1/2″ piece was added to the top (or you can use a thicker board instead of the two smaller boards – I was working with what I had on hand). To finish off the wall, add a piece of the 2 1/2″ x 8″ board.  I flipped it to create a finished edge (or ledge). 

To see a more detailed board and batten tutorial, you can see the original post HERE.


This elegant wall treatment is a little more ambitious than the other wall treatments I share, but I was able to create it solo – which means it’s doable!

Supplies for Elegant Wall Treatment

  • (4) 4.5″ corner blocks
  • (20) 1 3/8″ x 8 ft primed base cap molding
  • (15) 4.4″ x 8 ft primed corner-blocked square edge
  • (8) tubes of caulk plus some wood filler
  • (1) gallon of Valspar Reserve Paint in Night View.

You’ll also need a basic miter saw, nail gun, and compressor.

If you want to recreate this look, I would suggest going to my full tutorial HERE. However, here’s a quick rundown:

Begin at the top of the wall and work your way down.  Cut a piece of the corner block square edge to size and make sure the top piece is level while attempting to have it as close to the ceiling as possible.

Cut pieces of the corner caps and create a frame around the corner blocks. Next cut pieces of the corner block square edge to fit around the framed corner blocks.

Add a piece of the corner block square edge to the bottom of the wall above the existing trim and then cut more corner block square edge to frame in the lower portion of the wall.

Finally, frame in the rest of the lower portion with the block square edge and frame the inside that with the trim cap.


This decorative wall molding is a more delicate wall treatment and added a lot of character to our upstairs landing.


To see the full, detailed tutorial and instructions you can go HERE.

To begin, measure the wall and make a plan for the decorative molding.  I used grid paper which was really helpful for measurements. Once I had a plan and measurements, I transferred the plan to the wall and drew out all my frames.

Using 1.25″ trim, I mitered and framed various sized decorative molding.  Use a chop saw to cut the trim (45-degree angle) and a nail gun is very helpful when adhering the frames to the wall (you basically create picture frames). Finish with caulk and paint! It’s amazing how different colors transform these wall panels.

Which is your favorite DIY wall decor idea? Hopefully, you found inspiration here that helps encourage your creativity so you can create a DIY wall art project!

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Best DIY Projects

I often wonder why I didn’t become a food or fashion blogger because the amount of time one DIY post takes is SO long (however, I’ll be the first to admit you don’t want any of my recipes or fashion advice)!  I am in the middle of two fairly large DIY projects, and it will be awhile before I can post anything about either.  So in the mean time, I thought it would be fun to share what I consider my best (and more recent) DIY projects!  


Best DIY Project - Elegant wall treatment

This project was a result of wanting to give my family room an entirely new look. The DIY paneled wall treatment makes such an elegant statement. I do not claim to be a woodworker, but I am pleased with the result and spent around $300. Go HERE for the full tutorial!  


DIY Project - Board & Batten

My boys’ room recently had a major makeover, and you can see all the furniture details by going here.  I wanted to add a statement wall in the space, so I created this board and batten wall.  It was built solo one afternoon, and (since I had everything other than the MDF board) this project cost me less than $100!  The full tutorial is here.  


Best DIY Project - kitchen remodel

My husband and I tore out our old kitchen and completely remodeled the space in 9 weeks.  Read all about that DIY journey here!  It was definitely my craziest and biggest DIY to date.  I am so proud of what we accomplished, but I don’t think we will attempt a project of this size and scale anytime soon…  


Best DIY Project - Painted Tile Floor

Our laundry room also serves as my crafting/DIY room, so it sees a lot of wear and tear (and lots and lots of paint).  There was already paint everywhere, so adding a little more paint wouldn’t be a big deal.  Here is the full tutorial on painting tile floors.  


Best DIY Project - Installing a farmhouse sink

Installing a farmhouse sink proved to be one of our harder DIYs.  I really was clueless how much goes into installing on – including building a base for the sink.  All the details of this DIY can be seen here.

And stay tuned – I promise there are more great DIY project tutorials coming your way.  

Good things come to those who wait! 🙂

Go create something!

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