Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Boxes on our Walls - Part 4 {Assembling}

When I left off before, I had cut all of my molding pieces and gotten out this baby...

I gave this Nail Gun and Compressor to the Heela for his birthday this past year and he graciously showed me how to use it for this project. Now, you could clearly do this project with a hammer and nails, but if you have access to a nail gun, I highly recommend using one!

If you want a play-by-play visual of how to do this, check out THIS POST here by Thrifty Decor Chick. She actually made a video of the process and it was my go-to guide! I won't go into too much detail since that video is so great, but here are the basics...

{NOTE: Before you start assembling your boxes, I recommend painting your wall (if you plan to) as well as painting your molding pieces. According to all the research I did, it is much easier to paint everything before you put the molding up on the walls. Then later, you just fill in nail holes, caulk edges and touch up paint where necessary. I admit I had the luxury of skipping the painting step altogether since we had hired painters to come do our entire lower level the week after I did my boxes. But if we had not had them coming in, I would have painted everything before nailing, etc.}

Starting at the edge of your wall, use your spacer to determine how far away from the edge/top/bottom your left piece of molding needs to be. I cut my spacer from a paint stirrer/stick.

Use a pre-cut spacer to determine how far from the edge/top/bottom you need to be.

Use your level to make sure your molding is straight.

Make sure it's straight!

Nail in place using nail gun or hammer and nails. Line up the corner of the top piece and repeat the process, then repeat with the right piece, and lastly with the bottom piece. Don't worry if you have some gaps as they can be hidden later with spackle.

Align your angles to make a nice corner.

Here is a finished box - ta da!

For boxes on the same wall, again use your spacer to ensure you are the proper distance away from the first box and from the top. Continue, continue, continue. :)

Use your pre-cut spacer to make the positioning of your boxes easier.

Here is how it looked once I had all my boxes up (before caulking, filling in nail holes or painting).


Your next step would be to fill in all of your nail holes and caulk the edges. As mentioned above, I did not have to do this step myself since the painters we hired to do our lower level preferred to do it themselves. However, go HERE to see recommendations on this step (again from the fabulous Thrifty Decor Chick - she rocks!).

Lastly, your final step would be to touch up any paint. Again, since we had the painters coming in the following week, I was able to avoid the paint process. Here is the final result after they had caulked and painted a coat of primer.

Already looking so good!

And here is the final result after the walls were painted (Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige) and the area below the chair rail was finished out in semi-gloss white.

Finished {mock} Wainscoting - LOVE!

And here is a before and after collage...

What a nice change!

SO?? What do you think? How'd I do? Personally, I love the way the boxes came out! I plan to do some more in the dining room and on the upper landing (where we already have chair rail). Those areas have already been painted white semi-gloss so I'll just need to add my boxes (I'll paint them before hand) and caulk. I'd like to add some along the stairs too, but those require a little lot more work since they will have funky angles. We'll see if my math skills are up to the test - someday! ;)

I'd say this project was a fabulous success and couldn't be more pleased with how it came out. :)

**You can see the rest of this series here:
Part 1 - Idea
Part 2 - Sizing
Part 3 - Cutting

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  1. It looks amazing! I have to agree that a nail gun makes ALL the difference with that stuff. We started doing trim without one and it was a nightmare. Now, we can't live without the gun!

  2. Looks great! I am wanting to do this in our dining room but it looks intimidating.

  3. wow wow wow - this is quite the project, but your efforts were well worth it - it turned out incredible. it adds such interesting-ness to the space!

  4. Nice job! Looks awesome...really dresses up the wall.

  5. Kyra, the wainscoating looks amazing! We did the same thing in our dining room, only we didn't have a nail gun at the time. It made it so much harder! Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower.

  6. awesome job.
    i cant wait to buy a house!
    so i can spruce it up

  7. Looking awesome!!! Did you paint the upper wall? It looks darker in the after pic and I was curious. You did a fantastic job. We just cut all our trim for the island...I like your spacer trick. Btw, you could be a hand model! ;) have a great weekend. Just got caught up on the rest of your posts!

  8. Augh! I love this!!! I so need a compressed air nail gun! Are they complicated to figure out?? Also, can I just say your ring is pretty awesome as well. ;)

  9. That looks fantastic! Great job. We want to do something similar on our staircase, but it the wall curves...
    Again, GREAT JOB!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You did an amazing job and its nice to know that its so simple!! I'm gonna pin this so that I can do this in my house!

  11. This is SO fabulous and encourages me to do it myself too! I actually kinda love it before it was painted all white-made for great contrast. Great job.

  12. That looks so fabulous - I definitely want to tackle this project in my own foyer this summer - thanks for the inspiration!

  13. I love it! You did such a beautiful job with your boxes. :)

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  15. This wall is gorgeous! You did such a great job. I've been wanting to do something like this in my boring entry. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this on FB.

  16. Really looks great. We did the same without a nail gun and my husband is still complaining about it, 6mths later!!!

  17. Kyra, I've been thinking of you with this project since we did our island :) it looks awesome- you are a power tool rockin mama!!! Woohoo! Thanks for linking up to the party this week- love having you join in.

  18. You did a great job with this project, looks great. Well done!

  19. power tools are fun aren't they! the wall looks amazing, come and share this with WorkShop Wednesday. I love to have you join the party!

  20. Such a great job. I really want to do this in our dining room....I've just yet to convince my husband!

  21. This looks awesome! Great job!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

  22. Kyra,

    You'll be so happy with that Senco nail gun! I have several and they have never, ever jammed.

    If you, want to nail tiny pieces of mouldings togther, try Senco's 23 gauge micro-pinner. It shoots needle-like pins instead of brad nails.

    I love decorating with mouldings, too, and I must say that your wall frames look great!


  23. Great job! Really inspiring..will try it! Thanks!


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