DIY $40 Wall Treatment

Hi! This is a quick post to show a quick project. I wanted to do a DIY project with a group of ladies on my Instagram stories that could be completed in one day.


This PVC lattice trim was priced at $6.32 per 8-foot strip, so it came to just under $40 for 5 strips, caulk, spackle and a Diet Coke. We cut it to the width of the wall and measured out the space between the boards at around 13″. We didn’t want to have to cut around the outlet or the light switch plate so that was the determining factor for spacing. I also wanted the distance between the boards to be wide so that it was not so busy. I just used regular tape to put them in the approximate spot I wanted and then measured for equal distance. TIP: These are very lightweight, so we did not use any glue. Just a brad nailer and only about 4-5 nails per board.

It only took about 25 minutes from start to finish to put the boards up. I held them in place while my husband nailed them in. We used the level to make sure they were straight and just went for it.

I debated on painting the trim the existing wall color Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore for a more monochromatic look. Ultimately, I decided to use the same white trim paint as our baseboards and crown molding because…well, I had more of it. Lol I lightly sanded the trim with my sanding block to rough it up a bit and then caulked the top, bottom and sides. You can see the difference with the caulked top piece vs the bottom piece.

Now it’s time for paint! It didn’t take long (I used a roller and a brush) and then waited about an hour between coats, settling on 3 for even coverage.

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And that’s it! A couple of hours and a few bucks and we have a cute accent wall. I’ve seen this called “reverse shiplap”. It’s super easy and I love the character it gave an otherwise boring wall.

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Here’s a Before and After:


And that’s a wrap! I’m glad we did this easy DIY project and I’m super happy with how it turned out. We have a few more projects we want to accomplish before the end of the year, but will likely hire them out. We only like $40 DIY in a Day projects! Haha 🙂