Easy DIY Picture Rail

Want an easy and affordable way to bring architectural character to your home? This simple DIY molding project fits the bill.

[MUSIC] A picture rail is an easy way to bring a little architecture to a boring room. This project uses standard trim boards that you'll find at any home improvement store. The first step is to paint the wall. If you want a two toned look like we did choose two paint colors from the paint chip. We recommend using semi gloss paint. Then determine how high you want the picture rail to hit. Paint the darker color above that point and the lighter color below it. Once the walls are dry, measure the length and height of each wall and not the measurements. Measure and mark where the picture rail will hit on the painted wall [MUSIC] Then determine the amount of space you want between each of the vertical boards and mark that on the wall. Choose a width that allows you to mark the walls into equal parts. Next, determine the different sizes of trim boards you will use for this project. For this wall, we used 1 x 6's for the base and crown molding. The picture rail and the vertical boards are 1 x 4's. The top ledge of the picture rail, also called a cap, is a 1 by 3. And the trim below the picture rail and at the floor, is quarter round. Make a sketch of each wall, with the trim boards in place. Now make your shopping list. Figure out the total length of each type of trim board that you will need for each wall in the room. Once you have the boards home, prime, sand, and paint each board with two coats. Now it's time to install the baseboard. Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs and mark them. Then, using a nail gun, nail the baseboard into the wall studs. And don't forget to wear your protective eyewear. After the baseboard is installed on all the walls, install the quarter round at the bottom of the baseboard. Now you're ready to install the picture rail. Using a level. Mark where the top of the picture rail will hit. Then, transfer the markings you made for the studs up to that line. Now, nail the picture rail into the studs along the line you made. Once the picture rail is installed on all the walls, it's time to nail the cap in place. Then, nail the quarter round below the cap on each of the walls. Now you're ready to cut and install the vertical trim boards. Hold a vertical board up to the wall, and mark where it meets the picture rail. Cut the board to length, and run a bead of adhesive along the back of the board. Apply the board to the wall, using a level to make sure it's straight. Nail it in place. Measure and mark where the next vertical trim board will be installed and repeat the process. Continue this process with the remaining vertical trim boards. The final step is to fill the nail holes and joints and touch them up with paint. And that is how you can totally transform a room and give it some architecture. With a little planning, a little elbow grease. And standard trim boards you can buy at any home center. [MUSIC]

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