How to create a wall transition for less than $40

How to Create a Unique Wall Transition for Less Than $40

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A good wall transition is important.  What if you want to paint one room one color and the adjoining room another?  Or in my case, we recently put stone on the wall in one room and kept the paint on the wall in the other.  The wall was previously one long run-on wall so I definitely something to separate the two, especially because the stone made one wall a slightly different height.  I’m all about the little details in homes that make them different from the rest.

How to create a wall transition for less than $40
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Creating My Wall Transition Style

We already had a knee wall that helped with the transition between the living room and the kitchen.  I just needed something to extend that benefit up along the wall for the wall transition.  I initially wanted one of those roman-looking columns.  I had it all planned out how I was going to paint it, antique it, the whole works.  But… that wouldn’t really look right with the surroundings being anything other than white.  Prices for the fancy ones (with the decorative trim at the top) was pretty outrageous.  So I wasn’t going to get the “uniqueness” for a wall transition that I was looking for.

I decided to make a trip to Home Depot (we heart HD) to see what ideas I could come up with.  I went in there with zero idea of really what I wanted to do.  I just knew that I would know it when I saw it.  As I’m walking through the aisles, I find myself in the moldings aisle. I knew that I liked some of the fancy woodwork that I saw on some of the decorative trim pieces.  None of them were perfect, but I was on to something.  Above some of them, they had several put together with crown molding to make some fancy patterns.  My husband and I went up and down the aisle putting different combinations together until we found “the one.”

The One

It was a simple fluted molding.  Not 100% me but I could work with it.  It was the perfect layer of simple to allow me to add my pizzazz.

I’ve recently developed an obsession with accent molding appliques. (You should too; you can do SO MUCH with them!)  So I knew I wanted to utilize this new obsession in my wall transition.  Finding the perfect pattern, I got 2 plinth blocks to hold them.


House of Fara 1/4 in. x 1-3/4 in. x 6-3/4 in. Birch Accent Moulding  (You’ll need two of these)

1-1/8 in. x 4-1/2 in. x 8 in. Plinth Block (You’ll need two of these also)

1/2 in. x 4 in. x 84 in. White Hardwood Fluted Casing Moulding

Your choice of spackle

Putty or spackling knife

Paint (we had some white trim paint already laying around.)

*Note – I did not add the price of the spackle, putty knife, or white paint to the total since I (and many people) already have that on hand.



  1. Nail one plinth block to the wall at the location that you want to be the top of the transition.
  2. Follow the same process with the other plinth block at the location that you want to be the bottom of the transition.
  3. Measure the length between the two blocks.  Use this measurement to cut the fluted casing moulding.
  4. Secure the fluted casing moulding to the wall between the two blocks.
  5. Fill all nail holes using spackle.  I didn’t include spackle in the product list since most people have it.  But if you need it, you can find it here.  I use DryDex since you can easily tell when it’s dry.  You’ll also need a putty knife and a sanding sponge.  You can get those at your local hardware store or here and here.
  6. Add the accent moulding pieces to each of the plinth blocks.  You can do this by either nailing them and filling the holes or by glueing them.  I did a little combo of both.
  7. Paint!
  8. Finally, admire the beauty of your work, and be ready to take compliments next time you have visitors 🙂

And Viola! Finished product!

Unique Wall Transition




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