How To Paint Faux Molding

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Tutorial:  How To Paint Faux Moulding

On Monday I showed you my fabulous painted headboard.  It was part of my master bedroom makeover.  Ever since Indy ate the wall, the master bedroom has been crying out for some fixin up.  Awhile ago I fell in love with faux moulidng, and nothing else would satisfy my craving.

Karl always said our room was Argentina-Flag-Themed.  No offense to any Argentinians who read my blog, but I wasn’t thrilled about my master bedroom resembling a flag.


I had a vision.  (My drawing skills… not so much.)


I measured my walls and made a series of incoherent notes.  I needed to make sure that my panels were balanced and symmetrical.


Then I started on the headboard wall by priming, painting it white, and taping.

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Corners were tricky.  Tape doesn’t curve well.  I tested a few methods.  I traced a dinner plate on the wall, then used a series of small pieces to create a curved line.  But as you can see, that only works for one side.

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My next method was to still trace a plate on the wall to get the curve just right.  I put a piece of tape on the plate, and cut it.

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faux moulding _ How to paint faux moulding

faux moulding _ How to paint faux moulding

faux moulding _ How to paint faux moulding

It was getting late, and I wanted to put our bed back.  I can NOT sleep in a messy room.  So I would have to finish the rest of the faux molding later in the week.

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The undercoat of paint is Snowbound White by Sherwin-Williams.  Aaron always wanted to be Vanna White.  I told him it was now or never.

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When taping, I start with the middle panel.  I used a little piece of tape as a marker where the middle of the wall was.  From there, I was able to measure out either side of the panel.  I put two more markers in those spots.

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Then I was able to start taping the shapes.  Make sure you use a level the entire time.  This will ensure straight lines.

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I taped squares, then figured out the curved corners.  This time around, I put several pieces of tape on the wall, traced the plate on top of those, and lightly used a razor blade to cute that.  It worked the best of all.

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faux moulding _ How to paint faux moulding

faux moulding _ How to paint faux moulding

And the brothers napped.

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And the sun went down.

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And the paint got rolled.

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And the tape came off.

On the headboard wall I used Frog Tape.  I ran out, and apparently I cleaned out the entire Salt Lake valley out of 2″ Frog Tape.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I had to use Scotch Blue for the rest of the walls.  Nothing like a good side by side comparison.  Now would be a good time to tell you that there is a MAJOR difference between the two.  I am not affiliated with Frog Tape OR Scotch Blue, so this is 100% transparent.  The pictures speak for themselves.

Is Frog Tape or Scotch Blue better?

 The color balance is a little different in each picture, because of the way the sun shines on the different walls.  

Is Frog Tape or Scotch Blue better?

While neither tapes are fool proof, Frog Tape is far superior to Scotch Blue.  The bleeding was constant with Scotch Blue.  It created a fuzzy line 100% of the time.  The Frog Tape was much crisper.  There are only a few little bleeds.  You only notice when you’re face is right up to it.  It would take a crazy amount of work to touch up every single area where the Scotch Blue leaked.

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This post is long enough, so make sure to come back tomorrow for the  full room reveal and source list.  I will also be giving you the secret formula created by me and Sherwin-Williams for knock-off Restoration Hardware’s Slate paint color.

How to paint faux moulding

What’s the craziest pattern you’ve taped/painted?

Come see the entire finished Master Bedroom Update!

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I still think this looks phenominal. The the bro’s/aaron look so adorbs. When I was in high school my mom and I spent three days painting a two toned pink vertical striped wall. It was exhausting as we were both like, 5′.


    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thank you! I am so pleased with the turn out. I love my little family.

      You know, I’ve never had a height issue… being 5’10” and all… but I really think people don’t understand how exhausting taping can be. Especially when you have to be measuring and leveling the entire time.

  • Tracie

    You are insanely talented. That looks absolutely amazing. Also, I love how your dogs sleep through projects. Mine is always watching!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Tracie, that means a lot. I feel like paint is the biggest/cheapest transformer of all. My dogs are so weird. There is no middle ground with them. They are either playing like wild rabid crazies, or dead asleep. We’re working on just being normal, lol.

  • Stephanie

    I was wondering how you got such perfectly curved lines!! Awesome idea. It’s looking amazing in there, can’t wait to see it finished! You’ve got such an eye for seeing how things can look :)

    Also, I’m glad you did the tape side by side- I’m going to be doing some big stripes in the sunroom when I (one day this year?) repaint it so that’s good to know!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Stephanie! And you know, I really didn’t think the difference between tape would be that striking. I figured “tape is tape.” And I know everyone hypes up Frog Tape, but I also figured those were “sponsored” hypes. Turns out, Frog Tape really is superior.

      And stripes in the sunroom will look STUNNING!

  • Ashley Moore

    Love the look! Would be great in my living room if I ever got around to removing the wallpaper! Thanks!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks for stopping by Ashley! Let me know if you ever decide to do it in your living room. I’d love to feature it :)

  • Vanessa

    This turned out great. Amazing.

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thank you!

  • Gretchen

    That looks so great! I’m very impressed with the curvy taping. I have never taped and painted anything more challenging than a straight line.

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Gretchen :-) You know… I had no idea at ALL how I was going to do the curved lines without freehanding it. I’m glad I *kinda figured it out. It was a pain for sure.

  • eranfaraway

    I love using the plate on the tape to create the curves! Brilliant! I’m so sorry your paint lines didn’t turn out how you wanted! That’s a great comparison!

    When I painted the ceilings on the house we were remodeling I figured out a clean paint line system: First, slather on your base paint and let it dry. Then, stick your tape where you want it. After that, paint the same base color (in your case white) over the tape, and let it dry. Then paint the top color (in your case grey) over it and pull the tape when it’s damp, not wet, it makes squeaky clean paint lines! I’m sure the last thing you want to do is redo it, but maybe that’s something to consider for your next project!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      That is an AMAZING tip! Holy cow… Things that would have been helpful to know about a week ago lol. Good thing I am always painting somewhere in my house. I’m really going to try this :) Thanks Erin!

  • Katie Rosser

    this is so gorgeous I hope you don’t mind but I would love to do this in my home one day :)

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      I would love it if you did! I’d even come help :)

  • Micki Sellers

    Pinned it! We have really high ceilings and the rooms really need something visual to break it up a bit. I think this might do just the trick in my girls’ room! Also would love for you to share at my link party

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the invite. I love a good party :)

  • Jenna

    My husband works for the company that makes FrogTape so I always love when bloggers use it and actually show how much superior it is to “normal” painter’s tape! Oh, and I love your faux molding!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      It really is a superior product! Going forward I won’t be using anything BUT Frog Tape. Thanks Jenna!

  • Megan

    Looks so beautiful! I love frog tape too. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Hi Megan! Thanks so much! FrogTape is the greatest :) By the way, your shelves are looking amazing!

  • Stacey Hann

    Looks great! You make it look so easy!!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Thanks Stacey! It wasn’t too hard at all. The taping took a couple hours, but it wasn’t “difficult.”

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  • Karen Whitney

    That’s awesome! You may not have drawing skills but you have some MAD taping skills! I like your drawing by the way – it’s cutting edge cool!

    • Mekenzie Burton Crowder

      Haha! I do love taping :) Thanks for liking my drawing. I feel like it’s really silly. It’s the best way for me to convey my thoughts and ideas into something Aaron can understand.

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  • Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

    Wowwee! That is some dedication, but I’m so glad you persevered because your bedroom looks amazing! Thanks for sharing and the side by side comparison of painter’s tapes.

    • Kenz

      Hi Brittany! Thank you. It was a lot of a work, but I LOVE it now. FrogTape definitely is a superior product :)

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  • suzan

    Ok – I am totally blown away by this – seriously – I’ve scrolled up and down looking at these photos I need to replace the batteries in my mouse lol


    Your newest follower

    ( would love a follow back when you have the time)



    Going to scroll back up to the top and look at this again

    • Kenz

      haha Suzan you are too funny! It is a pretty dramatic difference! What is the link to your blog? I’d love to go take a look at it :)

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  • OrlandoPaintingContractor

    Congrats on a super project! Impressed by your precision, dedication and patience with the project…most people would not be dedicated or creative enough to pull this off! Kudos Kenz

    • Kenz

      Hey thanks OPC! That means a ton :)

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  • Faux finishes for walls

    Really i am impressed from this post.thanks for sharing the information
    Thanks for the pics

    • Kenz

      Thank you! It’s one of my all time favorite projects :)

  • Vickie Medley

    Brilliant. This is just brilliant. I only found your website today, courtesy of S&E, and am I glad I did. Please count me in as one of your regulars. Your blog is fantastic! Thank you for sharing how to do this:)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vickie! I’m so glad you’ve decided to jump on for the wild ride :)

  • colorants

    Thanks for the such nice ideas.. pics are also good

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