In this blog post, I’ll be sharing how you can put together an easy DIY wall panelling in your home at an affordable price. Panelling one or multiple walls in a room is a great and easy way to make the space look luxurious, and it’s even better when you can do it yourself whilst following a budget.
I decided on doing a half wall of panels and half wallpaper to achieve the look I was going for… I wanted the white baby crib to pop against the bottom half and also add more colour to the room with some leafy print wallpaper. Here’s a list of things you’ll need for an easy DIY wall panelling.
- MDF pre-cut panels or MDF sheet to cut yourself
- Caulking gun (you can use the same for sillicone)
- MDF primer
- Wall paint
- Measuring tape
- Spirit level
You can easily find these products at any DIY or home build stores like B&Q, Homebase or I’m pretty sure you might find a few of these in your hubby’s garage. If you click on the list above you’ll be directed to the exact item I used. Here’s a step by step on how I did my half wall panelling, half wallpaper accent wall.
Step 1 – Prep and plan
First, make sure your wall is clean from any dust and do the same with your MDF panels then figure out how many panels you want and what gap will be in between each. If you need some inspo, have a look at different styles on Pinterest. To make things easier for yourself, mark the wall where the panels will go.
I got these pre-cut panels from Homebase for £10 a pack.
Step 2 – Install the panels and prep
Put a decent amount of silicone on the back of each panel but make sure not to put it too close to the edge so it doesn’t come out when you press the panel against the wall. Repeat this step for every panel and let it dry for a good 20-30 minutes. Using the caulk, go ahead and fill in the cracks/gaps between the panels and the edge of each panel/wall.
You can see in the photo below where I’ve applied some caulk to the edge. This gives the illusion that the panels are part of your wall.
Step 3 – Wallpaper
If you’re not adding any wallpaper, go ahead and skip this step. To make things easier, I installed the wallpaper before sticking to the top panels, this way I didn’t have to worry about the bottom of the wallpaper being perfect.
I then added the horizontal top pieces of panels to my wall as you can see in the photo below.
Step 4 – Prime and paint MDF panels
Start off by priming the MDF panels. I used a white primer (linked above), apply a minimum of two coats as the MDF absorbs ALOT of it. To finish off your wall, paint it in the colour of your choice and it’s that easy!!
Voila! It really is that easy!! I absolutely love the way it turned out and can’t wait to spend time in this room with baby Gray.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on my Instagram for the full nursery reveal coming soon and comment below if you have any questions on the steps or material I used and