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Drywall Art

Beautifying Manhattan, Kansas and surrounding area with Drywall Art.

Some Drywall Art Inspirations

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We thought it might be helpful to make up some samples of drywall art of various complexity just to get your imagination stirred up. What you do with Trim-tex Drywall Art products is really up to your imagination and what you are trying to accomplish in the given area. There are no guide lines for drywall art so the sky is the limit. If you are just getting started with drywall art, I would suggest that you start somewhere small and kinda in the back. We were not scared but were not sure what/how to do drywall art or what it would do for us. Like we discussed before, out first house was pretty simple and we progressed in complexity the more we used it. Now, it is more afraid of us than we are of it.
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Layered Design

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We have used this drywall art layered design in many new homes and renovations. In many cases, the drywall art layering proportions were dependant on the scraps and cut-offs left from the hanging process. The intent was usually to make the room look bigger and reduce taping time.

In most of the examples, we used Trim-tex 35040 or 35060 for each layer because we like it. We have used several other trims but just like 35040 the best. Trim-tex has many trims available that can be used for the layering effect. Again, it just comes down to personal preference.

This design uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and materials:
Material cost is approximately $2.25 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $12.00 per lnear foot. For a 10' x 12' room, material cost is approximatly $99, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $528.

You might try this:

This is pretty easy to make. First, you must decide how wide you want the drywall to be on the ceiling. Snap your lines on the ceiling. Then decide how far down the wall you want to go. Snap your lines on the wall. Cut your drywall for the ceiling remembering that the snapped line is where the trim will align, so cut the drywall about 1/2" to 3/4" shy of your width. Nope, it doesn't need to be exact or one piece, the trim will cover all of that. Put the ceiling drywall up first with glue and laminating drywall screws. Next, cut the wall drywall again remembering to cut the piece(s) short to allow for the trim AND the piece you already have on the ceiling. Install the wall drywall with glue and laminating screws. OK, now we are ready for the trim. Miter the crown and install with glue and staples. Don't forget to put some adhesive/caulk on the top of the crown before you install it. Next, cut the 35040 trim to fit. Glue and staple it so the face follows your snapped lines. See Helpful Hints on this website for dealing with the inside corners of the crown molding. Next, you or your taper need to tape the trim. Once the taping is completed, using adhesive/caulk, fill any imperfections and you are ready to paint!
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Layered with Buildup Design

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In this example, we used multiple layers and built-up the trim to make it look bigger and more detailed. The first example of layering (above) is pretty forgiving, in that if you are not perfectly straight, no one will ever know. When you start to stack up the trims, you need to be a little more caring about the installation. Although, a little caulking will go a long way and cover up little oops.

This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and materials:
Material cost is approximately $3.00 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $18.00 per lnear foot. For a 10' x 12' room, material cost is approximatly $132, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $792.

Dive in!:

OK, this one is little more complicated BUT pretty easy to do. First you must decide how far down the wall you want the trim. Snap your line where the bottom of the trim will be located. Cut a piece of drywall less about 1/2" to allow for the 9530 trim. Install the drywall with glue and laminating screws. Take a piece of the 35040 and hold on the installed 9530 to get a measurement for the next layer of drywall. Remember to cut the drywall about 1/2" short to allow for the 35040 trim. Install this layer of drywall with glue and laminating screws. Install the 35040 trim with glue and staples. Next, we need to build up the ceiling with drywall pieces to accommodate the several layers of trim. You might consider figuring out the size of the pieces by piecing it together on the ground. Cut some sample pieces of each of the trims and use for your mockup. You only need to be close in your measurements, it is very forgiving. Install your buildup pieces on the ceiling one layer at a time with glue and laminating screws. Next use your sample pieces to find the edge of the first layer to be install. Mark the front edge in several place and snap your lines. Install the first layer of trim with glue and stapes. Nothing wrong with checking it with your samples just make sure. Next, run a layer of adhesive/caulk on the installed trim where the next layer will touch it. Install the next layer with glue and staples. Now we are ready for the last piece. Apply adhesive/caulk to the top of the crown. Install the crown with glue and staples. Holy cow, you have it all installed! You are ready for the taper. See Helpful Hints on this site for working with the inside corners of the crown. Once the taper is finished, use the adhesive/caulk to fix and imperfections in the trim. If there are gaps between the layers of the trim, use the adhesive/caulk to fill them before you paint. Job well done!
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Multi Layered Design

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Now we are getting into some exciting drywall art! By building up the various trims, we can make the room look like it has a curved area where the wall meets the ceiling or a coved ceiling. The previous examples were pretty straight forward and you could almost shoot from the hip. When you start building up this much trim, you might want to make a sample just to be sure. I have worked with folks that could not envision the finished product and told me to just build it and they would tell me if they liked it! Not a project for that. Anyway, depending on the room size and ceiling height, you can really make the room look spectacular!!!!

This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and materials:
Material cost is approximately $4.00 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $21.00 per lnear foot. For a 10' x 12' room, material cost is approximatly $176, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $924.

Roll up your sleeves:

You are going to work up a sweat on this one! Again, I would suggest that you cut some pieces of drywall and some samples of the moldings that you want to use. If you want to use the layout presented, you do not need to do any measuring otherwise you will need to figure out how far down the wall and how far you want to extent from the wall out into the ceiling. Assuming that you use the pictured layout, make a sample of the layout on the floor to get measurement for the lines to snap on the wall and ceiling for trim alignment. Next, cut the two pieces of drywall for the wall. You can install them with glue and laminating screws. Next cut the drywall pieces that go on the ceiling. You can install the drywall pieces with glue and laminating screws. I would suggest putting up one layer at a time. In our example, the nail taps for the 68110 and 6312 overlap. No big deal, the area gets taped and actually forms an area that can be painted as an accept strip. So, go ahead and put the ceiling trim up first with glue and staples. Use your sample pieces to check each layer of trim to make sure it is aligned properly. When you install the crown, make sure you run a bead of adhesive/caulk on the top of it before sliding into place. Glue and staple once the crown is aligned. Install the wall pieces again using the sample pieces to make sure the alignment is correct. The ONLY taping that is required on this example is to cover the nail tabs of the crown and 68110. Once the this area is taped, you can use the Helpful Hints page to fixed the inside corners on the crown. Use your adhesive/caulk to fix or should I say, adjust any imperfection that you see in the molding or any spaces between the trim layers. You, believe it or not, are ready for paint and accolades from your friends.
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Multi Layered with Rope Light Design

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I think I hurt myself thinking this one up! This example has just about everything that we have been designing PLUS some rope lights!!! The only thing different about this layout is that the rope light trim is installed after everything else is taped AND you need to have an electrical connection to supply the rope light. You will need to figure out the layouts so you can tell your electrician where to locate the connection. I would recommend that the connection be in an obscure area such as corner that would be behind you when you enter the room. It seems like it takes a rope light a while to understand that you do not want to see it ... only the light that it gives off. There are rope lights available that can change color from a remote control rather than changing out the rope itself. This can be very handy. You can have a nice romantic light or a color that matches the season.

This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and materials:
Material cost is approximately $4.25 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $25.00 per lnear foot. For a 10' x 12' room, material cost is approximatly $187, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $1100. You will also need an electrician to install a switched electrical connection (box and wire) for the rope lights(not included in the estiamted cost).

You might want to take a nap before you get started:

This one is going to take a little bit of planning. I would suggest that you cut some drywall scarps and some pieces of the trim that you are wanting to use. The only constraint is that you need to leave 2" or more between the top of the rope light molding and the bottom of the crown so that you can install the rope light. You will need to make a determination as to how far you want to come down the wall with trim and how far out in the ceiling you want trim. Use your samples to make a layout you like. Before you start putting up the drywall and trim you will need to have your electrician install a power supply for your rope lights. He can use a regular box used for single receptacles mounted in the vertical position. Naturally, it should be switched. Rope lights take a while to train where they are connect to the electric supply so we would recommend mounting the box in an obscure location so when you walk into the area you do not see the light in training. OK, I'm ready if you are...snap you lines for the ceiling and wall trim. Install your drywall pieces on the ceiling using glue and laminating screws. Mount your drywall to the walls using glue and laminating screws. Install the wall trim to the snapped line with glue and stapes. Install the first layer of trim on the ceiling to the snapped line with glue and staples. Install the first layer of build up trim with glue and staples. Install the crown by applying a bead of adhesive/caulk to the top of the crown, putting into place, then gluing and stapling. Before you install the rope light crown 6450, you will need to have everything taped. Once the tape is finished, snap a line for the mounting bracket where the crown will be located. We install the bracket with glue and drywall screws. Mount the rope light crown by applying a bead of adhesive/caulk to the back of the bottom edge and back of the top edge. Insert the trim in to the bracket. Did I mention that you need to cut the rope light crown to allow access to the electric supply for the rope light? You should not be able to see the electric box. On the Helpful Hints page on this site, we describe how to finish the inside corners of the crown molding. Any imperfections in the molding can be fixed with adhesive/caulk. You are now ready to paint. Once the painting is complete, you can have your electrician install the rope lights, have a cocktail , and enjoy!!
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Ceiling Beams

This is pretty easy one to build as a grid or you can use this idea to put designs on the ceiling or walls.
This example uses the following Trim-Tex molding and material:

Material cost is approximately $.50 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $10.00 per lnear foot. For a 12' x 12' room layed out on a 4 x 4 grid, material cost is approximatly $50, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $1000.


This one is a little more elaborate and will require you to build up the beam with 2/4's then coat with drywall before you install the drywall art trim.
This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and material:

Material cost is approximately $2.90 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $15.00 per lnear foot. For a 12' x 12' room layed out on a 4 x 4 grid, material cost is approximatly $280, labor to install and finish drywall is approximately $1500.


This one is pretty much like the one above only with two layers of drywall instead of just one. This drywall can be installed with glue and laminating screws.
This example uses the following Trim-Tex molding and material:
Material cost is approximately $.90 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $11.00 per lnear foot. For a 12' x 12' room layed out on a 4 x 4 grid, material cost is approximatly $88, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $1100.


This one is just like the one above only with a convex trim rather than the concave trim.
This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and material:
Material cost is approximately $2.90 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $15.00 per lnear foot. For a 12' x 12' room layed out on a 4 x 4 grid, material cost is approximatly $280, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $1500.

OK, you can see this up to your imagination. Yep, you can mix the beams with the ideas above. Just get some samples, some coffee and have at it!!!!



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Here is another example of a ceiling beam that would take a little planning but would be spectacular. As with any of the beams, you need to plan for the area where the beams contact the walls. You need to figure out our wall treatment and then design the beam that contacts the wall to make sure everything works. Typically, the beam that contacts the wall is the same width as the beams out in the ceiling but since there are no rule books for drywall art, it is up to your imagination.


This example uses the following Trim-Tex moldings and material:
Material cost is approximately $3.40 per linear foot. Labor cost is approximately $18 .00 per lnear foot. For a 12' x 12' room layed out on a 4 x 4 grid, material cost is approximatly $330, labor to install everything and finish drywall is approximately $1500.


Below are some pictures of various beams we have built....
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Embellishments


Below are some CEILING embellishments...click for a tour
Below are some WALL embellishments...
Below are some CEILING embellishments carried down the WALL...
OK, so what the heck, let's carry the pattern from the ceiling, down the wall, and out onto the floor....


Freeform Design
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I do not have the capability of designing wild, free formed designs. I am pretty much restricted to something that I can use a ruler, a snapped line or a string and a tack. HOWEVER, there are folks out there have the imagination and capability to design free form drywall art. My good friend Joan Woods and her husband Steve designed this one when they were building their home. Depending on your imagination and capability, you could make something spectacular, give it a try!!!
I don't even know where to tell you to start other than come up with an idea and sketch it out on paper. Once you have an overall design, I would try to figure out the various elevations/layers that would be needed. Draw the various layers out on pieces of drywall. The trim-tex website/catalog can tell you the bending radius of each of the trims, SO, you may need to adjust your drawing to accommodate the desired trim. Cut the design out with a jig saw to as close as possible to your design. Once you have the pieces cut, wrap the outlines with the Trim-tex molding of choice.

If you make some free form drywall art, PLEASE send me a picture!!!!
Below are some pictures of various Freeform Drywall Art. All the pictures are from www.DrywallArt.com, I did not do any of them but thought they might give you some ideas...
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350 Bull L Bead - 35040
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

3 3/4" Crown Molding - 6312
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Use foam block to maintain profile while cutting.

Chamfer Stop - 9530
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

350 Bull L Bead - 35040
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

Double 1/2" Decorative L Bead Style 651 - 65110
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Use two 1/2" pieces of wood to hold trim for the cut.

Decorative L Bead Style 691 - 69105
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

3 3/4" Crown Molding - 6312
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Use foam block to maintain profile while cutting.

Chamfer Stop - 9530
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

350 Bull L Bead - 35040
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

Decorative L Bead Style 691 - 69105
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

3 3/4" Crown Molding - 6312
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Use foam block to maintain profile while cutting.

Crown Molding with light channel - 6450
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Use foam block to maintain profile while cutting.

350 Bull L Bead - 35040
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

Niche Bead Style 641
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Use an "L" shaped piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

2 1/2" Crown Molding
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Use foam block to hold trim for the cut.

Double 1/2" Decorative L Bead Style 651
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Use two pieces of 1/2" wood to hold trim for the cut.

2 1/2" Crown Molding
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Use foam block to hold trim for the cut.

3/4" R. Step Bull - 7040
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Use piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

350 Bull L Bead - 35040
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Use a 1/2" piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.

2 1/2" Crown Molding
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Use foam block to hold trim for the cut.

3/4" R. Step Bull - 7040
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Use piece of wood to hold trim for the cut.