How To Make A Panelled Wall

Jan 9, 2011 + , , , ,



I've had a few folks ask how we made the panelled wall in our master bedroom so here's a video tutorial for you all! This is one project I highly recommend... it was fairly easy to do, required only a few tools, and really made a huge impact.



We learned a few things while doing this project:

Show your space who's boss!
Before we started, we had a bit of an obstacleto deal with. The bump-out on the wall limited placement of the bed. The easy solution would have been to put the bed on the opposite wall but I really wanted to see the bed when you came in the room; it just visually would look better. So we decided to frame out the wall and make it flat. To avoid having to deal with matching the seams of the existing wall and the new walls to either side, we built the new wall in front of the old bump-out. That meant we lost 4 inches from the room but it was a much easier way to go about it. Lesson learned: don't be limited by the layout. Think creatively and find a way around it!




Sleep on it.
Just like we did when we were deciding on the size of the new laundry room, we wanted to visualize the design before we committed to it. So we drew our pattern on the wall and 'lived with it' for a few days. This gave us a chance to see if we liked the pattern, if we wanted to make it more of a regular grid pattern, if we wanted more or fewer strips. We did make some changes (like adding the platforms on which the bedside swing arm lamps sit) so sleeping on it for a bit helped us come up with a better design.


If any of you decide to make a panelled wall of your own, do send me pics. I'd love to see your handiwork!

25 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite features of your whole house (though your whole place is drop dead gorgeous), and it's great of you to do a tutorial. The way you solved the problem is genius. Maybe I can do something like it in my sunroom, if I ever get to that room :).

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  2. Great tutorial - you make it look so easy. I may even try it myself on our headboard wall as it looks amazing!

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  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing. The panel wall is also one of the favourite features in your home . .. I will try doing that on my next house!

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  4. What a great easy to follow tutorial , it was perfect, where did you get your MDF and have it cut down our home depot guy said they won't go smaller than 5 inches , I think he lied to me ....

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  5. Nice! I particularly LOVE the tip about drawing out the idea and living with it that way - I always do fairly detailed layout and elevation drawings but it's definitely a great idea to draw everything to scale as well! I'll have to try that for our next big project.

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  6. I too love the paneling in your bedroom! It looks awesome. I actually just did a post on Fri. about old school paneling (like from the '60s.) I'm a fan of paneling--even the old stuff. It adds a lot to a room. Thanks for putting this on here:)

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  7. I want to panel my master bedroom but this is the kind of spatial logic thing that totally freaks me out- not sure if I would be brave enough to tackle this on my own- going to watch your tutorial though and see if it seems like something that I might possibly be able to do. Thanks for sharing! xo

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  8. I love that you weren't afraid to lose 4 inches in your bedroom. SO often people are afraid to lose space but often times it makes more sense to do what you did and give yourself a usable wall. Great!

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  9. Just Beachy - I think it all depends on the HD guy. We didn't have problems getting 4" cuts, but a few times we've had to leave pieces there for cutting and pick them up the next day because the store was too busy. As well, we go to the HD at night when there's not too many people around and they're more willing to do lots of cuts for us.

    Zoe - we do the elevations too, do 3D CAD drawings, but nothing helps as much as seeing it to scale!

    Kat - we had '70's panelling in our basement when I was a kid. And in our new basement, we'll likely do some sort of panelling/wainscot/beadboard. It all comes back into style!

    christine - I'd start small, maybe even do a sample wall. I know what you mean though... it took me a while to get using the nailgun by myself, lol.

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  10. I am seriously so in love with your paneled wall!

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  11. your bedroom is fabulous!! thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing, this is a great how-to tutorial. It looks so easy when you do it, but it would take me awhile to get up the nerve to try it in my place. I guess planning and preparation is the key to the project turning out well. You guys did an super job, your bedroom looks amazing!!

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  13. Fantastic tutorial!! You make it look so easy - can't wait till we're no longer renting, I'll have to have you over for a renovation consultation!

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  14. Very simple steps to follow. Thanks.

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  15. What a GREAT tutorial (with fab results). I will definitely be trying this out one day...I love paneling on a wall.

    Thanks for sharing! wish me luck :)

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

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  16. Thank you for the tutorial. We will be buying soon and can't wait to get our hands on some tools. We will definitely be doing a paneled wall somewhere. Gorgeous!

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  17. Danielle5:49 PM

    Hi! Great blog - I'm a new reader. I really love the idea of a paneled wall, but what about a paneled ceiling? Sarah's House (last season) did similar treatments with barn board and MDF (I think) which I thought turned out awesome. Any thoughts on if something similar might work and what changes you'd make to the basic instructions?

    Thanks and great tips!

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  18. This video is great. Thank you for sharing your skills and know-how! Can I ask what gloss you used with your paint, and did you prime first? Thanks!

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  19. Awesome, thanks for the tutorial, I wondered how you did it.

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  20. You are adorable!! Such a great tutorial, you make it look really easy!! Thanks.

    Londen

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  21. I tried paneling on my upstairs hallway wall! http://stormcloudnine.blogspot.com/

    And now I want to do EXACTLY what you did on your bedroom wall on our stairwell wall. Love your creativity! :)

    ~Amy

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  22. Love the Blog. I love the wall panel tutorial. Did you ever thought of doing this in your dining room instead of the wainscoating? I really want ot do this in my dining room but not too sure.

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  23. borntodesign1:08 PM

    Hey! Great job, saw you on Nate berkus and so glad you posted a video about it, im going to try this in my room, but was wondering what the dimensions of your room were and how you figured out how to space the panels, i was going to minimize the work in my room by just adapting your dimensions to my room.
    Thanks! and again, great job!

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  24. borntodesign - our bedroom wall was 8'x14'. Each MDF strip was 4" wide, and we had about 28" between strips. It visually looks better if you have an odd number of panels (ie. the flat area between the MDF strips). We had 5 panels on our wall. I wanted one panel to line up with the middle of the headboard so that's how we came up with the design. Hope that helps!

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