In stages: make wall boxes

To give relief to your dining room, think of the moldings! Integrated with finesse on the lower portion of the walls, they carve elegant boxes that, without going unnoticed, are not however unduly noticed. Here's how to give body to your decor step by step.

The essentials:

  • All purpose glue (No More Nails type)
  • Filler
  • Finishing nails
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • square
  • Air nailer
  • Skirting board no 80867, Baker
  • Chair rail No. 05741, Alexandria molding
  • Decorative Molding (for Casing) # CR 688, Alexandria Molding

Before attaching the cribs, measure the height of the wall and make a mark 36 "from the floor. Using a level, draw a straight line across the width of the wall. Then paint the moldings.


  1. Using the miter saw, cut the chair rail according to the width of the wall. Secure with all-purpose glue and finishing nails on the leader line 36 "off the ground. Use a level to make sure that the picture is straight. Do the same for the plinth at the bottom of the wall.

  2. Measure the remaining distance between the chair rail and the plinth. In this example, there is still a space of 28 3/4 inches in height.

  3. Measure the width of the wall and mark the center, then determine the location of the cribs. It is suggested to leave a clearance of 6 1/2 "at the top, bottom and corners of the wall and 13" between each box. Using a square, measure 6 1/2 "to the right from your center mark and make a dash.

  4. From this mark, measure 6 1/2 "down and make a dash. This will indicate the left corner of the top of your box positioned on the right.

  5. Cut the decorative molding in two lengths of 36 "and two widths of 12" to form a box. Apply all-purpose glue to the back of the top molding and attach it to the wall. Check that it is level, then nail it.

  6. Attach the other moldings using a square. Using filler, conceal the joints and holes left by the nails. For the left cabinet, make a 6 1/2 "mark to the left from the center mark defined in step 3 and another to 6 1/2" down. Then repeat the operations described in step 5.


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