Big grid wainscoting.
The master bedroom needed some character. More specifically, the big wall behind the king size bed was feeling very sad and looking very boring. We wanted something that would make a statement, but didn't want to do a big headboard because our bed has a headboard integrated into the frame, and hanging art over the bed is so typical. Wainscoting in the shape of a big, square grid was the solution!
This was a very easy and straightforward weekend project. We decided we wanted to keep it simple, sleek, and modern by using plain, flat trim (we chose 5/8" thick and 3" wide). We started out by designing the grid on the wall and calculating how much trim was needed. Once the trim was purchased we cut it to size; 8 long vertical pieces and 28 short horizontal pieces. Each piece was measured and cut separately as we found our walls to be imperfect and observed discrepancies in piece lengths. Using PL adhesive and a nail gun all vertical pieces were attached to the wall first, followed by the horizontal pieces. Next, all joining points were filled in with drywall compound and sanded down to reveal flat, perfect joints. Finally, the whole wall and trim were painted a crisp white colour in semi-gloss finish to match the rest of the trim in the house.
This was not a very complicated project, but it sure does make a big statement in the room. Although the bedroom is a generous size to start with, we found the grid visually enlarges the space even more. It definitely brings interest and creates a nice accent wall in the room.