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How to Apply Peel and Stick Picture Moulding with Scissors

You know that time I created my own shiplap without any power tools? Let’s just say I used a similar process for this DIY moulding. Except rather than using peel and stick vinyl flooring, I’m using peel and stick picture moulding! You won’t believe how easy it was. The best part? Anyone at any skill level can apply peel and stick picture moulding with scissors.

How to apply peel and stick moulding with scissors

Do you think I’m crazy yet? I don’t know whether I’m always up for a challenge or I’m just a lazy DIYer. No joke, I would rather cut and peel a few foam pieces to a wall rather than deal with a miter saw and lots of wood pieces.

That being said, this DIY peel and stick picture moulding isn’t for every project. I’ve shared MY OPINIONS below of where and where NOT to use this stuff.

Where to use peel and stick moulding:

  • Decorative accents on a wall (like picture frame moulding)
  • For a semi permanent or temporary project (like a nursery because we all know nursery’s just last a few years)
  • It’s a great option for people who rent and can’t do anything permanent to the walls
  • DIY picture frames (hmmmm, future project?)

Where NOT to use peel and stick moulding:

  • As a baseboard or crown moulding (it’s foam, enough said)
  • For a permanent wall project (it could be permanent I guess, but if you know that it will never be replaced then I would invest in the real stuff)

Once again, those are just my opinions!

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Where to buy peel and stick moulding for the wall

I purchased my product from Wish, but I found a similar item on Wayfair! The one on Wayfair isn’t peel and stick but it’s a high density foam similar to what I purchased. They also had a few more decorative moulding options.

Let’s take a look at this moulding product.

peel and stick picture moulding

Once the product came in the mail it was wrapped up in a coil. It took about 2-3 weeks to arrive.

The way it was packaged created a problem because the moulding wrapped tightly in the center had been stretched. It looked like this;

peel and stick picture moulding

I obviously could not use the pieces that looked like this, so I ended up discarding about 1/6 of the product. This product was very affordable, so I wasn’t too upset about it. After all, I knew that this project would be a huge experiment so I didn’t expect too much.

Materials needed to apply peel and stick picture moulding:

  • Moulding
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (good sharp scissors)
  • Pen
  • Miter box (not necessary but very helpful to draw lines before cutting)
  • Caulk
  • Paint
saw and miter box

How to apply peel and stick picture moulding (foam moulding);

  1. Mark where you want the moulding to be applied on the wall
  2. Measure the peel and stick moulding
  3. Lay your moulding in the miter box and make a mark (45 degree angle) where you want the first cut to be made
  4. Cut the moulding with scissors on the line
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other end of the moulding
  6. Create a box with your moulding
  7. Make sure the edges meet as closely as possible
  8. Once you’ve applied the moulding, caulk around all sides
  9. Sand the caulk once it’s dry if necessary. Note; you can sand the caulk but not the foam
  10. Prime and paint!
applying moulding
applying moulding around an electrical outlet

Note; you can see above where the bottom pieces look a little crooked.I had to readjust it a few times and make a few more cuts to get it to fit correctly.

The hardest part about applying the foam moulding is creating a perfectly straight line.

my new peel and stick picture moulding!

Look! I can’t believe it’s actually working! Or should I say I can’t believe this foam moulding might look decent. LOL.

installed peel and stick picture moulding

Ta Dah! A job nearly done. Now it’s time to Caulk.

Caulking the foam moulding was tricky because it’s not like real moulding where you can sand down the wood. I had to be extra careful to just get the caulk (or wood filler) in the open space between the ends. Otherwise, once the caulk dries on the foam it’s really hard to remove.

caulk around moulding

This is what one of the ends looked like with caulk. This was BEFORE I lightly sanded to remove the extra caulk pieces.

Oh, by the way; I went back and forth about paint colors. I ultimately decided on a plain white. I’ve got some dark colors in the room with the black and wood tone dressers, so I didn’t want to compete with those.

Below is BEFORE paint.

picture moulding

The next picture is after two coats of paint plus primer. I only needed two coats. Check out all my best painting tips and tricks here.

moulding with primer

Ready to see it!

DIY foam picture frame moulding

DIY Peel and stick picture frame moulding
How to apply peel and stick moulding
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how to apply peel and stick picture moulding
Peel and stick moulding

Not too shabby for a job with only scissors! I have to say it turned out much better than I ever expected.

By the way, this is a great renter friendly wall treatment option.

On to the next project….

A side note; if you are wondering why I had vertical lines on the wall, check out my post on how to make ceilings look taller.

how to fake a tall ceiling

I decided after the fact that I wanted the bedroom to look a little more “classic” and less farmhouse style. So that’s why I did away with the vertical “shiplap.”

Also, below is what this room looked like before the “sharpie shiplap.”

Restoration Hardware Dresser Knockoff

How to Apply Peel and Stick Picture Moulding

diy peel and stick picture moulding

Learn how to create your own DIY picture frame moulding with peel and stick foam moulding. This is so affordable and easy, all it takes is scissors! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 40 dollars

Materials

  • Moulding
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (good sharp scissors)
  • Pen
  • Miter box (not necessary but very helpful to draw lines before cutting)
  • Caulk
  • Paint

Instructions

  1. Mark where you want the moulding to be applied on the wall
  2. Measure the peel and stick moulding
  3. Lay your moulding in the miter box and make a mark (45 degree angle) where you want the first cut to be made
  4. Cut the moulding with scissors on the line
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other end of the moulding
  6. Create a box with your moulding
  7. Make sure the edges meet as closely as possible
  8. Once you've applied the moulding, caulk around all sides
  9. Sand the caulk once it's dry if necessary. Note; you can sand the caulk but not the foam
  10. Prime and paint!

Notes

Where to use peel and stick moulding:

  • Decorative accents on a wall (like picture frame moulding)
  • For a semi permanent or temporary project (like a nursery because we all know nursery's just last a few years)
  • It's a great option for people who rent and can't do anything permanent to the walls
  • DIY picture frames (hmmmm, future project?)

Where NOT to use peel and stick moulding:

  • As a baseboard or crown moulding (it's foam, enough said)
  • For a permanent wall project (it could be permanent I guess, but if you know that it will never be replaced then I would invest in the real stuff)

Let’s do a little side by side for comparison, shall we?

same wall three different wall treatments

What is your favorite? I think my DIY moulding is mine!

Lindsey**

Tobi

Monday 4th of May 2020

How do mask the wrinkles in the foam that comes with shipping? Did the painting do the trick?

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Monday 4th of May 2020

I discarded the part of the foam that was terribly wrinkled, which was mainly at the very end. The rest of it looked good and not wrinkled.

Donna Geiwitz

Sunday 15th of December 2019

Where did you find the peel and stick molding?

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Sunday 15th of December 2019

I got it from Wish.com! You can see it here; https://www.wish.com/product/5c1348eee7e1cf3767c976d2

Jauquetta

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I love this! I rent and have the world's most boring narrow hallway. This is my answer! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this.

Sherry

Sunday 8th of December 2019

I have plain builder grade doors. I would like to do frames on doors. How do you think this would hold up.

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