Add raised panels to your drywall layout to achieve an architectural look once only gained through expensive carpentry.
A room decorated with raised-panel walls or ceiling was always considered a sign of wealth. Besides the expense of the materials, the homeowner had to pay a skilled finish carpenter for the time-consuming and tedious work of fitting the framework and panels. But an innovative drywall product transforms this look into a do-it-yourself project with no fancy carpentry skills involved.
Although you'll probably need to special-order the panels, you'll find a variety of designs that work well as a wainscot treatment, as an upper-wall design, or even for ceiling application. You don't have to cover your entire wall or ceiling; you can center your design and fill in the edges with regular drywall panels.
Careful layout is essential, so invest the time needed to create careful sketches of your project. The manufacturer's Web site offers helpful design suggestions.
The easiest installation method involves using the decorative panels as the overlay in a two-thickness wall.
Depends on the size and complexity of your project
Chalk line, nylon mason's line, line level, caulking gun, hammer or drywall screw gun
Leveling, accurate measuring and marking, driving fasteners
Framing completed, first layer of drywall installed
Decorative panels and regular drywall, drywall panel adhesive, nails or screws