This spectacular version of the paneling goes by many different names. Sometimes known as shadow box panel, box panel, picture frame molding, shadow box molding, or shadow box molding … the names are endless, but the style is truly timeless.
One of the reasons we chose picture frame molding for our breakfast room was because the room lacked warmth and character. We knew adding this ornamental style would help add value to the space and create charm and interest where there was little.
Read on to learn more about frame molding and why it might work for your home!
I heard this type of paneling featured every name in the book. Applied forms, box forms, picture forms. For the purposes of this post, we’ll mostly refer to it as picture frame sculpting for the sake of simplicity!
In fact, I realized when we started this post – no one seems quite sure how we spell shapes. Is it Molded part? Or do we add that? you to the Molded part?
Regardless, if you’re craving some extra texture and a more formal, upscale look in any room in your home, this box cladding could be just the thing!
Learn how to achieve this look with a DIY tutorial or buy the pre-made picture frame molding!
What is picture frame shaping?
Picture frame strips naturally give your walls a box-shaped (often rectangular) shape of the traditional strip in the form of a picture frame. It’s a combination of squares, rectangles, etc. that add texture and charm to the walls of any room in your home.
As you can see in our breakfast nook, picture frame strips are attached to the existing drywall with a little glue and nails. Anyone can take on this project, but you can also pay a carpenter or handyman to get the look done for you.
DIY box cladding
This is a project anyone can do! Keep in mind, however, that there are also shortcut systems for picture frame shaping – I’ll link some of these products at the end of this post!
With a little patience and a steady hand, we can start with our new picture frame cladding!
- Tape measure
- Miter saw
- Brad Nailer
- Molded part
- Glue (optional)
- 1¼ “Brad nails
Hang up picture frame strips
- First, plan your layout and dimensions. Consider things like working with existing chair rails and ceiling heights.
- Mark the bolt positions on the wall with a pencil.
- Next, glue your picture frame boxes to the wall to ensure even spacing and style.
- Use your miter saw to cut the pieces for each box shape section.
- Start by attaching your moldings, either with glue or small nails.
- Fill in any gaps in which the molded parts are not flush with caulking.
- First paint the walls behind your new molding – this makes it easier to paint the wood paneling afterwards!
- Fill in all of the nail holes with a little wooden putty knife.
- Caulk each section, even if the wood appears to be flush with the wall. Wood tends to expand and shrink with the seasons, and it will help you get a finished, clean look.
frequently asked Questions
Paneling is traditionally a style of decorative wall covering. It can be used on the wall in a variety of styles and ways at all different heights. Depending on the style of the home and space, the paneling can be modern, contemporary, or create a traditional, formal or cottage look.
This thin strip of horizontal wooden strips is a decorative element in a room. However, it also acts as a protective “stop” and prevents your walls from wearing out in high traffic areas. It is particularly common in dining rooms, breakfast niches and foyers.
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