DIY Paneled Wall Tutorial – THE STEPS:
Since there is no need to change what’s already a good thing, I used RR’s measurements for the boards and had them cut the same width. I bought 2, 4×8 sheets of MDF a 1/2 inch thick at Home Depot for $20 each, and had them cut the sheets into 4 inch wide, 8ft long strips for me.
Paint your wall white, or whatever color you will be doing this BEFORE you add the boards. Trust me. 🙂 You should also lightly sand the boards so they are very smooth and clean up any rough edges. And if you want to be super efficient, you could paint your boards before you nail them up too. I didn’t do that of course. 🙂
I made a frame around the wall with the boards first, and just nailed them up with the nail gun.
: Then me and my husband measured the wall and marked the center, and nailed a board up. We thought it would be easier this way to figure out the rest of the sizes of the boxes. But I’m not sure if that was the easiest way or not…
DIY Paneled Wall Tutorial
Now this is the fun part. And I swear, if “Dumb and Dumber” had a sequel, me and hubby could have the starring roles. For this part, you need to do some math (or just keep measuring over and over and over like we did) and figure out the spacing for your next vertical boards. I’ve never really done that math formula that is out there to figure out spacing of boxes–that is why my Dad usually plugs all of that into his drafting program. But my Dad wasn’t lucky enough to work on this project, so D&D got er’ done by the grace of God. Somehow, we got them all spaced correctly. And that’s all I can really say about this step. 🙂
And for this step, you again need to figure out where you want your next smaller pieces to fit to make the “boxes.” And again with God’s help, we spaced them out correctly. 🙂 This is the part where you decide if you want squares, rectangles, lots of boxes, not a lot of boxes, etc, etc. We chose a smaller row up top and on bottom, so we would have big rectangles in the middle. My husband used our miter saw to cut all of the pieces of MDF to fit in between the vertical boards.
And when everything is all nailed up, all you have to do now is caulk all of the seams and spackle the nail holes. You will want to lightly sand your nail holes when finished.
Then paint! I painted about 4 coats of a white semi-gloss (SW Navajo White, our trim color in the house). The first coat I used the small foam roller, and for the 2nd coat I used a brush. Then switched back to the foam roller. I’d use just the roller next time around so you don’t have to worry about brush strokes.
DIY Paneled Wall Tutorial – Before
DIY Paneled Wall Tutorial – After
DIY Paneled Wall Tutorial for $40
Not bad for $40 right?? 🙂 I still have a few areas I need to touch up but nothing major. Just a few nail holes that I didn’t sand well enough before I painted.