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Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

February 1, 2016 // DIY

Architectural detail isn’t exactly prevalent in most rentals, and while you would probably love to add crown moulding and paneling, your landlord may not be down with this. Also, these kind of projects can be something of an investment, and unless you have a long term lease, it may not be worth your while.

But what if you could do moulding-inspired trim that is somewhat more modern, fun and costs less than five bucks, but looks like a million? You totally can, and all you need is a spool of ribbon and some liquid starch.

Why use ribbon as opposed to washi tape? There’s more texture and dimension in ribbon (we used grosgrain), as well as the ability to position it before sticking it to the wall, which is very helpful if you’re doing this project solo. Also – it’s much cheaper to use ribbon. We get ours at BBCrafts.com and it’s around two dollars for 50 yards. Oh and in case you’re wondering, this is fully removable without any damage to your wall.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Length desired of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon

1 cup of liquid starch

1 small, clean paintbrush

1 scissors

1 pencil for marking wall

1 measuring tape

1 pack of push pins

Go ‘head gurl and click through the slideshow for the step-by-step.

 

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

Clear away any furniture and stuff for easy access.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We decided to position the trim 5″ from wall edge.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We started by measuring the shorter bits for the corner indents. The length is totally up to you, but we went with 3.5″.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We marked the 5″ spot from the edge and positioned the outer edge of the ribbon at those marks and pinned into place.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We did the bottom left and top left corners first, then simply ran a long length of ribbon to connect the two, pinning everything in place. We then cut a second long piece in the same length to go along the right side. This was one way to ensure the square would be perfect, even if the walls or ceiling are crooked (they are).

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We then did the bottom corner, ran the long length upwards and added the top right corner pieces. Doing things in this order keeps it very simple. Then we started on the bottom.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We ran the bottom ribbon to connect the lower corners and trimmed it while it was pinned to the wall, and did the same with the top.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We then got a cup of liquid starch and a small paintbrush.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

We simply painted the starch over the ribbon, allowing it to seep behind the edges so it adheres to the wall.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

Once the starch dries, carefully remove the pins. Then do the rest of the space.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

Add your favorite wall art and stand back to admire your great work!

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

The trim really adds something extra to a white room. Of course, you can choose any color you like, it doesn’t have to be black.

Before/After: DIY This Moulding-Inspired Wall Trim For Under Five Dollars (And It’s Not Washi Tape)

The best part about applying ribbon with liquid starch is that it comes off super easily without leaving any marks.

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