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Custom Panelling

Project Overview

Custom Panelling

Create the look of custom panelling. Imply period elegance in your home with simple trims and moulding. Whether you love country-style beadboard or want to recreate a recessed-panel Victorian look, you can do it yourself.

9 Steps

  1. Cut and install chair rail and baseboard
  2. Measure panels
  3. Cut panel backs
  4. Cut panel moulding
  5. Glue and nail
  1. Prime
  2. Panel finishing
  3. Install panels
  4. Final finishing
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Step 1

Cut and install chair rail and baseboard

Using a level, mark a height on the wall between 32" and 36" from the floor. Measure and mitre cut chair rail moulding and install along the marked line with 2" brad nails. Measure and cut baseboard – a deep baseboard looks attractive for this project. Install with 2" brad nails.

Measure panels

Step 2

Measure panels

Measure and mark wall to determine the finished size of panels and spacing between each.

Cut panel backs

Step 3

Cut panel backs

Using a table saw and 1/4" MDF, cut panel backs to your measurements.

Cut panel moulding

Step 4

Cut panel moulding

Measure and mitre cut panel moulding to fit flush to the edge of each panel back.

Glue and nail

Step 5

Glue and nail

Using carpenter's glue and 3/4" brad nails, fix panel moulding to each panel back.


Step 6


Prime panel backs

Step 7

Panel finishing

Sand, fill nail holes and paint each panel.

Install panels

Step 8

Install panels

Using a carpenter's square, determine placement of each panel. Install with 2" brad nails driven through the moulding.

Step 9

Final finishing

Sand chair rail, baseboard and panels lightly, fill nail holes and paint. Run a bead of caulking along any gaps between moulding, panels and wall.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

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