Create a customized accent wall by framing wallpaper strips with painted moulding.
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You can vary the sizes of the panels to suit your room size, decor, and wallpaper width. If you have a standard 8-foot ceiling and want 12-inch spaces at the top and bottom, cut 6-foot strips of wallpaper.
Using a utility knife and a carpenter’s square for square-cut ends, cut strips of wallpaper to the panel size you want.
With a level and straightedge, mark the height down from the ceiling for each strip. Apply paste (if needed) to the first strip and hang it in position. Then measure the distance you want before the next strip, mark a vertical line for one edge, and hang the second strip of wallpaper even with the first one. Repeat for any additional strips.
Miter-cut two side pieces with outside edges about 1/8 inch longer than the height of the wallpaper strips. Then miter-cut the top and bottom pieces, also 1/8 inch longer than the wallpaper strip width. Repeat to cut frames for the remaining wallpaper panels.
For tight mitered corners, make sure the sides are equal length, as are the top and bottom pieces.
Apply two coats of paint to each frame piece, and let dry.
Use a level to align a frame side so that it just covers one long edge of a wallpaper strip. Check that the side is centered along the length of the wallpaper and nail it to the wall.
Position and level the frame bottom, with the mitered end tight against the mitered end of the frame side. Nail the bottom in place. Then nail the other frame side to the wall with the mitered end tight against the bottom piece. While checking that the strip is plumb, begin nailing from the bottom to about halfway up the moulding strip.
Hold the frame top in position using a level and gently shift the top half of the frame side until the miters meet. Then nail the upper half of the frame side in place, followed by the frame top. Fill in nails as needed between the top of the frame side and the middle. Repeat Steps 5 through 7 for the remaining frames.
Sink the heads of the nails below the surface with a nail set, and fill the holes and any gaps at the corners with putty. Sand the putty smooth and touch up the paint as needed.
Wallpaper and trim can also be installed on wall-hung hardboard sheets for a similar look that’s easy to remove or reposition. From a .155-in x 47.75-in x 7.98-ft sheet of hardboard, cut panels 1 inch wider than the wallpaper and 6 feet long. One sheet should yield three 6-foot panels.
If you don’t have a table saw or circular saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the panels to width and length.
Cut strips of wallpaper 1 inch shorter than the length of each panel. Apply paste (if needed) and attach the wallpaper strips to the smooth faces of the panels.
Cut the frame sides so the outside edges are as long as the panels. Then cut the frame tops and bottoms the width of the panel.
Glue and clamp the frame pieces to each panel in the same order as the above section. (The hardboard will be too thin to nail the moulding in place.) After the glue dries, drill pilot holes through the hardboard and moulding along each edge 2 inches from the top. Attach D-ring hangers to the backs of the panels. Using a level, drive nails in a wall the same distance apart as the D-ring hangers, and display your panels.
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