Timber Mouldings cover a range of timber finishes for your home interior such as architraves, skirting, cornices and dado rails that are available in many styles.  Timber mouldings are a great way to give your room depth and dimension for a plain wall and bring new life and elegance to any room.

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Research & Inspiration

Gather inspiration for your room, using Pinterest you can collect your favourite images and get a feel for the look and style you like the most for your home.

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Measure & Sketch

This is the most important step, measure out the dimensions of your wall and where the mouldings are to be placed.  Sketch up a design on paper of your final design.  We used a light pencil and also ruled up the lines of where the timber mouldings would be placed on the wall.

This way we could ensure that each panel was measured out correctly and in proportion to the scale of the wall.  This was also extremely helpful with the ten feet ceilings we were working with.

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For our feature wall we chose a combination of two timber mouldings.  One size was to form the square panels, top and bottom and a larger moulding as the chair rail across the middle.  The chair rail was originally designed to protect the walls from damage by the back of chairs, but is mostly used as a decorative feature today. This would ensure the size complemented the design.

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After each piece was cut to size installing the timber mouldings was made so much easier with our square panels measured out on the walls.  We found the best way to attach the moulding was with a small nail and glue.  The holes in the mouldings were pre-drilled to prevent the wood from splitting.

Once all the nail holes and edges were patched up with wood filler the project was ready for its first coat of paint. Push the filler into the hole, smooth it over, and lightly sand before applying your final finish.

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A Guide to Installing Primed Mouldings

  • Research and select your mouldings.
  • Sketch out plan.
  • Cut timber on a 45 degree angle (we used a drop saw).
  • Cut from the front of the profiled face through to the back to prevent any of the timber splitting.
  • Use the correct glue for fixing in place before you nail each one.
  • Using the appropriate size nail attach your mouldings to the wall.
  • Seal any exposed nail holes with a wood filler.
  • Sand and dust before painting.
  • Ensure you have all safety equipment and your tools are well maintained.
  • Paint.

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Timber mouldings are a great way to finish any room in your home and they create a timeless backdrop and add instant grandeur to any room.  I love this look and plan to add some more to my home, most projects can be completed in a weekend which is what I love most about this DIY for your home.  What is your next home project.