Introduction: Cool Wall Trim DIY

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It really can be that simple to change the whole character of a room in a few short hours. A little bit of pine trim, some nails, a little creativity, and you're well on your way.

Step 1: Cool As Trim

I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to DIY up some big-bucks-looking pizazz around the house. For the longest time I thought I'd put some artwork up over the headboard I built in our master bedroom until one day I thought, huh, trim.

I drew up a few different versions on AutoCAD but you can just as easily measure the wall and plan it out on a piece of paper.

I only needed just a few pieces of flat trim stock and I chose the width of it based on a proportional division of the wood blocks I made for the headboard.

Step 2: Before

Here's the wall before. I apologize for the terrible photos. It was a dark and dreary day, I had no choice but to turn on the overhead lights.

Step 3: Find Center and Go

Using a laser measure, I found center on the wall and with my miter saw, cut two pieces of the flat trim stock at 45 degrees. Using a brad nailer, I tacked the pieces on the wall.

Step 4: Measure and Cut

Here I cut 45 degrees and placed pieces in the corners at the ceiling.

Instead of measuring with a measuring tool, I field measured the remaining pieces and cuts due to the fact that our walls are absolutely reliably not square remotely at all.

Step 5: Trimming

Our headboard is removable but I went around it anyway with the trim. I patched all the nail heads and where the pieces of trim met with Durham's water putty then sanded all that smooth.

Step 6: Admire

I took a second here to admire my handiwork. It's amazing how you can totally and completely transform a room in just a few short hours for less than $40.

Yeah I missed a few lines but it didn't bother me.

Step 7: Paint

I opted to paint the trim to match the existing wall color as I intended for this to be a subtle textural element that provided some cool shadows.

Step 8: After

Here's an after shot of everything completed. Be sure to swing on by my blog Flipping the Flip for more details about this project plus a whole lot more fun stuff.

Step 9: Admire Again

For such a simple, inexpensive project, it really adds some serious drama and dresses up the wall beautifully while not competing with the headboard.

Hope you give it a whirl!

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