DIY-Easy and Cheap Panelled Wall (Board and Batten)

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I have always swooned over paneled walls - it adds so much intrest to a plain wall and it turns out it is cheaper than a wallpaper. If you hire a professional to do this easy job ( and i know i always say its easy - but guys it really is but on this later ) you can expect to pay someone else to do the job around £30-55 per square meter for MDF paneling (unpainted ) for a wall in my bedroom that is exactly 8.63 square meter that cost between £ 259.20 - £ 475.20 - I MEAN THIS IS MADNESS !!
For someone who has to watch their money or the lack of it and for Mr Grumpy that is well known for being a tight arse - I took matters in my own hands and bought 1 -£15 mdf board as i had the paint  and  instant grab adhesive - so ladies and gentleman - half day work - minimal amount of tools and you can have your dream wall for next to nothing ! without breaking a sweat .
If you worry you need to purchase extra tools - do it the easy way go to B&Q ( i think Wickes offer free cutting service also) Pick your board and ask them tu cut it for you - first 10 cuts are free per item  - so depending on how many boards you need you cuts are free ) and just pick a cheap hand saw to trim the wood )


Materials used ( calculations based on my size of the wall ,shop prices and quantities used )

  • 1- MDF board in a chose size mine was (Thickness)9mm (Width )1220mm (Length )2440mm cut into strips with a width of 10cm - ask people in b&q to cut the mdf for you

  • 1 pack of long enough tack /panel nails -( just to bang them in until adhesive sets )

  • 2 tubes instant grab adhesive ( an a adhesive cartridge gun if you don't have one )- don't worry about buying any specific makes - cheap ones from b&m and home base work a treat just avoid ones from "what!"shop if you are in Wales ;)

  • ( this is advisable but again my husband is a tight arse ) - primer !

  • wall paint in a colour of your choice - i used valspar paint (with primer already in it ) that i already had , but you can also use eggshell paint - i just prefer using what i got x

  • saw to cut your strips to size - you can use hand saw

  • hammer , measuring tape , pencil and spirit level

    if you lacking in all of the materials - grand total of what you would use - is (minus primer ;) around £40

panneling in my living room dining nook

panneling in my living room dining nook

How To : (With rubbish photos from Mr Grumpy )

1 - your first pieces of wood will be installed on a very top and bottom - horizontally - so measure the whole length and then determinate how many strips will you need and cut them to size . To Install those strips - apply instant grab adhesive to the cut board and place it on the wall - bang a few tack nails in so the board will stay on the wall until the adhesive sets - once you do top and bottom you can start placing full strips of mdf vertically
underneath the top board. Again, you’ll want to use a level, no nails adhesive , and nails

  • To figure out correct spacing between boards - it looks long and painful - but in reality is quick and easy ;)
    This is very important step -and believe it or not quite easy to figure out to ensure even spacing between the boards
    First measure the whole length of your wall (horisonatally of course ;) so for instance your wall is 100″ (total wall length) and you want your spacing to be approximately 20″ = that means we need 5 spaces (gaps ) 100: 20 =5
    Take that 5 spaces and add + 1 = 6 (battens) - it will all make sense in the long run i promise

    if your mdf batten is for instance 4″ wide -time it by your 6 battens = so 4 x 6 = 24 (that is a total batten width of all your 6 strips /battens that you be placing on the wall )

    And finally - to determinate exact spacing -where to start laying your battens so the spacing is correct
    100″ (your total wall length) – 24″ (your total batten width) = gives you 76″ (your wall length minus the battens)
    76″ (wall length minus the battens) divided by 5 (number spaces) = 15.2″ (and that is your spacing between each batten)

below diagram should explain it a bit better


2 - Once you got your spaces figured out measure the height of the wall between top and bottom board and start fitting your vertical battens/boards  - again dont forget to apply instant grab adhieseve and few tack nails like in the picture below


3 -Once you completed whole vertical batten wall it is time to install horizontal boards in between - simply measure the distance and cut each board to size  ( that again is optional )  you can go for perfect squares rectangles or both - the sky if the limit - you can apply the same measuring technique like we did in point 1 - but i am lazy and i done things by eye when it came to the boards in between i also started from the top and worked my way down


4 Once you finish fitting all the boards - put your feet up and let the adhesive set over night -
the next day carefully remove tack nails and fill any holes and joints usingdecorators caulk and scraper or a old plastic card (store card ,credit caard etc ) let it dry for few hours

Tack nails gap filling

Tack nails gap filling

5 - Painting  - as mentioned before - ideally you should prime your mdf - but i didnt do it and instead i have used valsapar wall paint with primer already it in - 2 coats ( i made sure paint was fully dry in between coats ) and i was all done

Below i have included a little video -of a whole process
.Making a Paneled wall yourself does not take much time  or skill for that matter , it will also save you a lot of money and the satisfaction that you done something single handedly  is priceless. I hope this guide will help and inspire you to try it yourself

Love Pati x

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