How to Install a DIY Lattice Wall Room
Here we go! If you're here, you're probably interested in installing a DIY lattice wall in your home. Let me first say that this is one of the prettiest DIY's I've ever completed AND it's not as difficult as you might think.
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Why We Decided On A Lattice Room
We had just completed the wallpaper in our formal living room that was rather bold. The lattice room was originally the dining room, and it opens to the formal living room. We have an eat-in kitchen and barstools and an outdoor dining table, so another place to eat wasn't really at the top of our list.
What we really needed was a room for our Peloton, a bar, and maybe a small table for games with the kids. We like to refer to it as the Millennial room as well. A room to create if you a formal dining room isn't your speed.
Anyway, we didn't want to carry the wallpaper to the Millennial room as well. It would be A LOT of stripes.
BUT doing just paint would sort of feel unbalanced.
AND we didn't want to do a different pattern of wallpaper, because that could also competitive.
We needed something equally as bold, but yet different.
Enter the lattice.
I had seen lattice rooms before on high-end design accounts, but never dreamed it was something I could do myself.
But anytime I'm faced with an idea that seems unattainable, my mission becomes to make it something I CAN do. (I love that my followers are largely those who also think this way).
A quick Google search for lattice landed me at Home Depot. I was so happy to see it came in rather large sheets, too. That way, we could cover a lot of the wall with minimal effort. This is why I rank this as an Intermediate DIY. It make take some measuring and cutting, but it covers a lot of room QUICKLY.
Step One - Measure Your Walls For the Lattice
You WILL have seams, though, so you'll need moulding to cover those. We'll get to that.
I think a lot of you will have 8-9 foot ceilings. Here's how I would design those:
Finding the Lattice for Your Lattice Walls
Off we went to Home Depot. Our store had the lattice in the garden area. We ended up going to two different Home Depots to get enough of it, and the second store kept it in the wood section. Quick Tip: Search for it on their website and select your nearest store. It will tell you the exact aisle in which it's located.
They also have this tighter woven lattice that could also be a pretty option. I didn't discover it until my second store, but I think I'd choose this for a smaller room - like a powder bath. Smaller room, smaller scale.
Choosing Your Moulding
Ok next step will be choosing the design of the moulding for covering the seams. My thought here was to find one that's flat in design. A lot of mouldings will slope or have one edge thicker than the other.
Here's the moulding I chose because it has a nice pattern and would lay flat. Note: Ours came primed. I only see the natural ones online, but check your store.
(PS I took these photos before painting the moulding, so forgive the wood filler.)
At our Home Depot (and probably yours too), the moulding strips are very long - probably like 20' long if I had to guess.
They should have this little cart with a hand saw there. Since you're paying for moulding by the foot, you can trim off whatever you don't need. Mike handled this part, but because we have designed the wall before shopping at the store, he was able to cut a lot of the moulding to size. Now you may need to shave off a few inches when you get home if something goes squirrely - like you change your design at the last minute. So I'd consider buying a miter saw. If you plan to do more projects, invest in the electric saw. If this is all you plan on doing, then you can get a miter box with a hand saw.
Get one of these for home:
Where Should You Use Moulding On Lattice Walls
You'll use the mouldings to cover the seams where the lattice meets. You can also add extra moulding boxes of lines to create more visual interest. i.e. Use it decoratively.
We picked out the bottom one because it was the width of the moulding we chose.
Here's what my design looked like for the 10' ceilings.
Cleaning the Lattice
You may notice that your lattice is a little dirty from the store. The easiest way to clean it was to use a mop. Some of it will require some light scrubbing. I just mixed some Fabulouso into the mop bucket and scrubbed the lattice a bit. A Magic Eraser will also work, especially once you get it onto the wall and still notice some scuffs.
Installing the Lattice
The first thing we did once the lattice was clean was to hang the first 4x8 lattice. We hung it level with the ceiling and centered on the wall.
Here's the Nail Gun we used to install the lattice. This one works really well. We've used it for installing chair rail, a stair runner, and crown moulding, so you'll get use out of it.
We also used 1.5" nails when nailing through the lattice.
It does help to search your wall for a stud and try to nail a few through the stud. Here's our go-to stud finder tool.
Then we hung the panels to the left and right of the centered lattice panel. Because our wall is less than 12 feet wide, we had to cut a little bit off the sides of each panel. To do that, we used this tool.
Mark a line down your panel where you need to cut, and use this tool to trim the panel. (I need to grab more photos of this process, so when we complete the second wall, I will).
Mike trimming out the (cut off) outlet with the multi-tool.
Adding the Moulding To Your Lattice Wall
The first moulding we added was a long piece at the very top. We used 2" nails for all of the moulding and rosettes.
Things we had to consider: What would the corners look like where two mouldings meet? Where would the rosettes fall?
Here's how we made the corners lay with the moulding. Please note I still needed to paint the trim at this point, so you will see scuffs and nail holes.
We did also pick up a slightly thinner piece of moulding for the corners because the other wall will also have a moulding in the corner. This is just personal preference.
We worked from the top down with the moulding. So after the one at the ceiling was installed, we worked on the long vertical pieces. Mike would hold the vertical moulding up, and I would place where the rosette would go and use a pencil to mark where he should cut the moulding. Having a level to make sure your mouldings are level is also important.
Here's the layout we came to for the moulding. I will say, choosing a thicker moulding definitely helps because you have more room for error than if you choose a thinner one.
After all of the moulding and lattice was installed, we filled in the nail holes with a bit of wood filler. Let it dry, and then sand it slightly to remove any bumps.
Here's the wood filler we used:
After sanding, I went through with a Magic Eraser and removed any scuffs. This is where I think the vinyl lattice wins out. It's easily wipeable. And for those concerned about dust, I haven't noticed ANY resting on there. The lattice is so thin that it's nearly flush with the wall. If you were doing something with more depth, I can see how that may be an issue.
Here she is!
Styling coming soon... But to give you an idea....
Many thanks for your support of this project! Be sure to tag @grandmillennialhomedeals if you decide to take on the lattice walls!