How to Make a Statement Panel Wall using Adhesive

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PAnel wall, Dark Grey and plants

Knocking the two walls down in the kitchen allowed us to create an open plan area for the kitchen and dining room. We still wanted to have a little separation between the two spaces. I brainstormed on ways I could create a statement wall in the dining room whilst keeping the two areas connected. I wanted it to be simple and elegant so panelling was the perfect solution!

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First and foremost you have to get your measurements and maths right! I cannot stress this enough as you want the squares to be equal and square. I did my research on Pinterest and it appeared the average square for a wall was around 49cm-51cm big. This gave me a rough guideline on deciding how many squares would fit on my wall. Our wall was 247cm high and 299cm wide so I decided to go with 5×4 number of squares.

drawing of Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball
{For illustration purposes only, measurements and drawing is not to scale}

Here is how I worked the exact sizes out for each square (panel).

To work out how many MDF strips you will need each way and add 1 to the amount of squares you are having. So for my 5 squares I would need 6 strips at 8cm wide. The total width of the 6 strips worked out at 48cm (6×8=48cm). Then take 48cm off the total width of the wall 299cm – 48 cm= 251cm. This is the total area of all our squares, now divide it by 5 (the amount of squares I was having), which leaves me with 50.2 cm width for each square.

For the height – I decided not to have a bottom strip of MDF but instead use the skirting board. So for the height, I measured the distance between the ceiling to the top of the skirting board, which was 235cm (skirting board was 12cm). As I was using skirting board as my bottom strip, I only needed 4 strips of MDF for the 4 squares. 4 strips at 8cm work out as 32cm (4×8=32cm). Take off 32cm off the total height of the wall which was 235cm – 32cm = 203cm, divide this by 4 (the amount of squares I was having), which gives me 50.75cm height for each square.

So now I have worked out the two measurements at 50.2cm wide and 50.75cm high, which is pretty close to a square if you ask me!!

measurements and plan Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball
{For illustration purposes only, measurements and drawing is not to scale}

We started by cutting all strips 8cm wide. For the whole wall we only used 1 sheet of MDF board.

mdf strips for Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball

Once the MDF strips are cut, create your frame on the wall and glue the top and outside panels.

DIY Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball

Gently squeeze Gorilla Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive on to one surface in a zig-zag pattern.

how to use gorilla glue adhesive

Apply Gorilla Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive to the strip in a zig-zag pattern, then press and hold each strip to the wall for around 20 – 60 seconds to let it set. As it grabs instantly you don’t need nails or tacks. Remove any excess adhesive immediately with a dry cloth. Once your framework is done, measure and glue the vertical strips.

diy Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball

You should have equal gaps in each of the panels, however, if you are a few millimitres out, don’t worry. Our walls were so wonky and uneven I had to double check and measure the small pieces to make sure they fit. Attach each piece in place using the adhesive. When working on rough, uneven surfaces, use enough adhesive to fill the gaps

using adhesive

Each strip will also help hold the other pieces in place so don’t worry about panels moving out of place.

Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball

Don’t forget to use your spirit level to make sure the strips are perfectly aligned and level.

level and checking the panels

Once your wall is done and adhesive has set, fill any gaps using a wood filler and sand.

finished wall with mdf panels

Paint the panelling with the choice of your colour. I used Farrow & Ball Railings Modern Emulsion. I primed the MDF board frame first using their floor primer and used the emulsion on both the walls and the primed MDF.

Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball Railings and plants
Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball Railings and plants
Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball Railings
Panelled wall, dark grey
Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball Railings and plants
Statement Panel Wall Farrow and Ball Railings and plants
Beautiful Dark Grey Panelling and plants

What do you think of the finished wall?

41 thoughts on “How to Make a Statement Panel Wall using Adhesive

  1. Absolutely gorgeous !! What an amazing difference it has made, I can’t wait to see when your kitchen is finished! So jealous!

  2. This is beautiful. Want to do this in my master, but the math scares me. I will check on Pinterest and get more ideas.

    1. Thank you Rebecca, don’t be put off by the maths honestly it is not as hard as it may look.. if you are having problems and need any help message me and we can figure it out together !

  3. I very much like your new wall. The color is very pretty as well. The accent wall added just enough artistry to the room. What a neat idea!! Can you give me an estimate of the cost?

    Olivia
    Savannah, Ga

    1. Hi Olivia thank you so much.. I only used one mdd board which was around 15£, a few sticks of Gorilla adhesive and the cost of paint (this is totally depending on what type of paint you use. I used Farrow & Ball, which is slightly more expensive.)

  4. Thanks for such a great step by step guide, I’m thinking of doing this on 2 walls in my kitchen/dining room & I’ll be following your guidelines. I love the colour too, great job.

  5. Amazing project! we are thinking of doing this for our utility room but our room width is 2660mm and height is 2700mm. Would you recommend 4 squares wide x 4 squares high which would give us a square width of 56.5cm and height of 57.5cm or would you recommend we have 5 x 5 squares giving us a square width of 43.6cm width x 45.8cm height? Neither I’d anywhere close to the recommended 49cm-51cm and we’re struggling to decide x

    1. Hi Jasmine, thank you so much and I’m glad you found it helpful.. it’s really a personal choice .. I found that drawing (approximately and very roughly) the size on the wall helped me decide as I was going to go with smaller squares but after marking it on the wall they looked too small.. Mark it quickly stand back, take a photo and then do the larger size and see which you prefer .. you can also use the tape but again roughly measure and tape .. visualising really helps !

  6. I love this and the color. I want to do this in my dining/living room. What if i already have molding on top already? Do you recommend ripping them out? Also leaving the base board as it?

    Thank you!
    Mary

    1. Hi Mary, it is difficult to say without seeing it..we had the mouldings at the top and I did remove it as I thought it looked better without it. I left the skirting board and if you follow my post you can see how I calculated the distance including the skirting board. Good luck!

  7. Hey, did you use the interior walls paint for both the walls and the planks or did you have separate type of paint (interior wood paint) for the planks?

  8. Hi looks great – how many coats of paint did you need and how did you apply the paint- roller/brush/spray?

    1. Hi Claire thank you for your question. I used a mixture of paint brush and a roller. I applied a primer on mdf boards and used 2 coats of emulsion on both the mdf strips and the wall

  9. Hi Evija, I absolutely love this, I’m jealous! And I adore the colour. I know you’ve said it’s Farrow and Ball but can you remember the name by any chance? It’s so rich… and I think I have just the spot to use it! Many thanks.

    1. Thank you Dan! The colour is Railings by F&B, the walls are modern emulsion and skirting boards are in modern eggshell finish . I’m glad you enjoyed the post please share your finished project I would love to see !

  10. Thank you! (Sorry, I read “Railings” in your post but stupidly assumed it must be the name of the store!)

  11. Love the wall but I have a question about your flooring as well do you know the brand and color of your flooring I love your look!

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