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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!
You will need:-
- Gorilla Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive
- 12 mm MDF board(s)
- Spirit level
- Nail gun (optional)
- Measuring Tape
- Paint of your choice – I used Farrow and Ball in Railings
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.
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!!
We started by cutting all strips 8cm wide. For the whole wall we only used 1 sheet of MDF board.
Once the MDF strips are cut, create your frame on the wall and glue the top and outside panels. [editor’s note: this wall was a solid stone wall, so we could not use nails/tacks and the adhesive worked a treat for us. If your wall is drywall/plaster wall, I would recommend using a combination of nails/tacks and adhesive]
Gently squeeze Gorilla Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive on to one surface in a zig-zag pattern.
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.
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
Each strip will also help hold the other pieces in place so don’t worry about panels moving out of place.
Don’t forget to use your spirit level to make sure the strips are perfectly aligned and level.
Once your wall is done and adhesive has set, fill any gaps using a wood filler and sand.
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.
What do you think of the finished wall?