How to Install Panel Moulding

This tutorial has been requested numerous times, and Emmett & I finally had time to put together a very detailed DIY post for you… how to install panel moulding- like a professional finish carpenter.

Measure and plan

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I typically create the design plan that includes measurements and then Emmett & I will mark it off together, making adjustments as needed.


Make your cuts and dry fit

Emmett prefers to cut multiples at a time, once he has the precise measurement. Using a miter saw, begin cutting your pieces.

Level and nail

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We always begin by installing the top piece of the rectangle first. Even though we have the laser level set up, we double check with our handheld level…

Glue the edge and secure with a miter clamp

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Next, dab a bit of glue onto the unfinished miter of the vertical piece…  Align it and secure the miter using a miter clamp.

Nail the vertical piece in place

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Once your miter clamp is set, use the finishing nailer to secure it to the wall.

Repeat the process until three sides of your rectangle have been installed.

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When you get to the lower horizontal section- only nail HALF of it.

Install the last piece and secure the miters

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Next, move onto the last vertical piece, securing it with glue and a miter clamp. Then add the remaining finishing nails.

Wipe the excess glue

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Next, wipe any excess glue that squeezed out after clamping the miters. It is much easier to wipe and remove wet glue than it is to sand dried glue after it has cured.

Fill the nail holes

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Fill the tiny nail holes, making sure you have excess to sand for a smooth look.

Sand the filler

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Once the filler has set, it’s time to sand the profile smooth. We’ve found sanding blocks make this step quick and easy.

Caulk and paint

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After you’ve sanded the millwork, caulk the edges to make it look custom and finished. Once the caulk has completely set, then you can move onto painting!

I hope this detailed tutorial was helpful! This is truly a quick project that has the ability to totally transform a room.