Build an accessory storage wall with mouldings
Jewelry and accessories weren’t meant to be hidden in a box. Display your personal accents with an accessory wall made from Metrie™ French Curves™ mouldings.
Step By Step
- Paint all moulding pieces and follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for allowing the paint to dry.
- Lay out your space. The amount of space you will need depends on the amount of jewelry you intend to display.
- You may find it easier to keep the space symmetrical and allow the crown shelf at the top be your guide as you work down the wall. The bottom points of the crown moulding can define the width of your workspace. Cut architrave, large crown and small crown mouldings to same length. The bottom of the large crown moulding should have the same length as other pieces and extend wider at the top.
- Framed Panels
- Now that you have laid out your space and determined how many framed panels you will need, cut the casings and corkboard to make your framed boards. When complete, and set side by side with a 1"-2" gap between them, these frames should be the same width as the bottom of the crown moulding. Spacing is important for an aesthetically pleasing look.
- Measure and cut out your pieces of corkboard. Be sure that they fit inside the frames. Do this before making the frames because it is easier to adjust the size of the frames than the fabric covered panels.
- Cover cork in fabric and secure the backside of each piece with the contact cement. Let dry. You can use these again to get the proper measurements for the casings that will wrap around them.
- Using a pencil and measuring tape, measure and mark the INSIDE edge of your moulding according to the size determined when calculating the fabric panel in step 5. Remember to cut at a 45-degree angle. The outside edge of your piece of moulding should be longer than the inside.
- When putting your frames together, lay your pieces on a sheet of plywood so you can make the corners tight while the glue dries. Before gluing your moulding pieces together, use scrap pieces to create a brace, or jig, on two different corners of the frame, which will ensure your frame is square.
- Start by laying out your moulding pieces in the way they will be when attached. On one corner, the bottom left, for example, screw down one scrap piece on the outside left edge and one on the outside bottom edge. Then glue just this corner and slide it into the corner brace you have just made.
- Next, with the other pieces in place but not connected, mark spaces for two brace pieces in the corner diagonally opposite of the one you just glued. Then glue all corners of the frame, set it against the first brace, and screw down the two scraps of the second brace. This should create a nice snug box to keep your corners tight while the glue dries.
- Refer to the instructions on the glue for how to clean up any excess and how much time it will need to dry thoroughly.
- Once the glue dries on the frames, remove the backer blocks first, then pick up the frame and turn it over. Some of the glue may have seeped out the back, so it may be lightly stuck to the plywood sheet. Be careful not to break the corner joints.
- Apply your L brackets to each corner. Be sure not to screw or drill through the face of the moulding.
- Hang your frames on the wall in the pattern you laid out. Using thick, 2-sided tape, attach the panels inside the frames. If you do not want to adhere the panels to the wall, you can create a backer out of cardboard. Make it wide enough to adhere to the moulding. Then you can hang the piece like a picture frame.
- Scarf and Hat Hooks Panel
- Cut the architrave for the hooks panel. Measure across the top of the architrave, which is generally the thickest part. Cut your 45-degree angles so that you can make returns back to the wall.
- Pre-drill seven holes into the architrave for crystal knobs.
- Attach knobs or hooks by following the instructions that came with them.
- Mount architrave to wall using screws and wall anchors. You can either hang it like a picture frame by nailing it into the wood studs behind the wall or use anchors to screw it to the wall.
- Crown Shelves
- For the large crown shelf at the top, measure the length of the bottom of the moulding. This should be the width that you have determined you want your space to be. The top of the moulding will extend further than the bottom of the moulding, but the bottom will be in line with your other items on the wall, as seen in the accompanying image. For cutting the crown, treat the cuts as if you’re cutting for outside corners. Follow the instructions provided in our “How to Install Crown Moulding” video for tips on how to properly cut crown moulding. Once cut, you should have 3 pieces – the front facing piece, as well as two sides that make the return to the wall.
- Cut your shelf so that it has a 1" overhang beyond the edges of your crown. Glue your crown to the bottom of your shelf. The back edge of the crown should be flush with the back edge of the shelf. Let dry.
- Cut a piece of 1 x 2 that is narrow enough to rest between the shelf and the two angled return walls. Attach the 1 x 2 securely to the wall.
- Now that the shelf support is securely attached to the wall, set your new shelf over the top of it and screw the shelf to the 1 x 2 working from the top of the shelf.
French Curves Scene I 7 1/4" MDF Crown
French Curves Scene I 5 1/4" MDF Crown
French Curves Scene I 2 3/4" MDF Casing
French Curves Scene I 5 1/2" MDF Architrave