Here's how to build a raised panel wall

Recently I created a room for Sherwin-Williams to showcase their color of the year, SW 6606 Coral Reef.

I decorated the office and added gold accents and a gold weather vane and white leather chairs and a furry rug.

But my favorite thing in the room?

The project that makes my heart beat faster and makes me want to sing all four verses of Joy to the World…

….and compose a fifth.

The raised paneled wall.

Here's a detail of the coral raised panel wall

It looks so hard….but it was much easier than it looks.


And just in case you saw it and wanted to make your own….

….here are easy directions on how to build a raised paneled wall.

Drumroll please.


Step 1- measure your wall

Step 1:  Measure your wall

We created the paneled wall above the chair rail on one wall.

The wall measures 132″ from side to side and 59″ from the bottom of the crown molding to the top of the chair rail.

Step 2- decide how large you want the panels to be

Step 2:  Decide how big you want your panels to be

These panels measure 17″ wide and 20″ long.  They are cut out of 2 1/2″ pieces of pine.

The wall has six panels across and two rows of panels down.

There is a 4 1/2″ gap between the panels.

You will want to adjust these measurements for the size of  your wall, but this is a good guide to help you determine the size that will work with your space.

Cut the panel frames from pinewood

Step 3:  Cut the panels out of pine boards

Cut the panels out of 2 1/2″ pine boards.

Miter the corners.

We created the frames first and then measured and nailed them onto the wall.

After the frames are attached to the wall, simply caulk and paint.

This is what the raised panel looks like when not affixed to the wall

Or….option 2.

Remember at the beginning I said it was easy and then I gave you all those measurements?

You could follow those instructions if you wanted to….

….or you could just purchase these unfinished wood frames from your craft store.

Then skip to step 3.

I know….right?


It’s like an early present.

Have a merry, merry Christmas from me to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for kayden kayden

    Good morning fellow early riser. Love the wall; thinking maybe I could try this on my day off. I mean what else do I have to do one week before Christmas? Stay tuned, I'll let you know. Merriest and safest of holidays to you and your family (and your other faithful fans) !!!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh this is sooo scarey!! As I'm reading this I'm nodding and thinking -- this sounds great but KariAnne is making picture frames.The KariAnne we know and love would march into her local big box store or craft store and ask for an "x" amount of unfinished frames { because you would have already counted how many you needed} THEN march over to the glue, caulk and and nails aisle and stock up. Yep that's what KariAnne would do because she has stories to write and more television appearances to do :-) Have a wonderful day and may it be merry and bright!

  3. Image for Kerry Kerry

    I love it, Karianne! Beautiful for sure. Your talents are endless and your love of life is contagious. Merry Christmas to you as well! Kerry

  4. Image for Joanne Joanne

    What is the name of the fabric on the floral pillows in the coral reef room, and where did you get it? Absolutely lovely room!

  5. Image for Doni Doni

    This wall is so cool. I love it and can totally picture myself doing this. I am so inspired. Thanks for sharing. :)

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