This is a long overdue blog post. The most asked question I get is about my Chinoiserie panels in my room and now dining room and I have been wanting to share the process, links and all that good stuff so here it is!
When I was designing the bedroom for the One Room Challenge I knew I wanted beautiful floral Chinoiserie panels above the bed. I also knew I didn’t want to spend thousands on them. So I decided I could make my own and get the look for less! I knew I wanted to use wall paper and began looking for Peel and Stick with a pattern I loved. I came across Wallpaperie and this beautiful print and knew it’d be perfect! I ordered 2 (24 x 48) panels. I then was off to Home Depot to look for something to stick it too. I picked this .25 inch smooth plywood. Note: They weren’t perfectly straight so when I got home I put weighted objects on them for a few days to flatten them.
Start by peeling a few inches off of the wallpaper backing to line up the top. Once you have the top down smooth out any air bubbles. Slowly peel away more backing and stick the paper to the board smoothing as you go. Do not remove all of the backing at once! Take your time ensuring you lay it straight and smooth out all air pockets. Take a box cutter or small blade and slice off any excess.
To assemble the faux frame start by measuring the board. Cut a 45 degree angle into the molding and then measure from the tip of the cut down to the length of the board, mark it and then you’re going to cut another 45 degree angle in the opposite direction. Repeat this for all sides. I used wood glue to glue them all in place. I then used clamps to hold the trim in place overnight to dry. To attach to the wall I used 4 command strips on each panel to attach to the wall.
The dining Room Framed Panels:
In the dining room I wanted a more formal look to the panels and wanted a real frame. Large custom frames are hard to find at a reasonable price and these were the most affordable ones I found. I also found this beautiful paper on etsy to use.
These were easier to put together as I just laid the paper inside of the frame and then attached to the wall. To make this process easier I used this tool. This helps you mark the nail positions to ensure they are level and accurate the first time.
I hope that helps answer your questions and gives you the confidence to take on this fun DIY. If you decide to make it, please tag me so I can see and share!
Thanks for reading,