Panelling has made a huge comeback in the last couple of years, and not just traditional square board and batten. I’d been wanting to create a contemporary geometric panelled design in my home and thought that the main wall in our bedroom would be the perfect place for a feature. Being a new-build house, everything is a blank, white canvas and initially panelling seemed like a huge, complicated job. However, with the right tools and preparation, a panelling project can be really straightforward, even for amateur DIYers (like me!). Check out the how-to tab for all the steps you need to follow to your create own geometric panelling.
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Step 1 - Measuring Up
The most important thing to do is properly plan out your design. Drawing it out on the wall before purchasing the materials - we recommend using coloured masking tape so you can really get a feel for it. It's also really handy because you can move it around until you are happy. Measure up the total length of all your lines to work out how much wood you will need. We suggest getting joinery-quality square-planed timber.
Step 2 - Angle Cuts
If you have a table saw, cutting the angles will be a lot quicker and painless. Now, if you don’t have an electric saw, you can use a combination square to measure and mark the angle, then cut using a hand saw – it will take longer but will achieve the same result.
Step 3 – Attaching the Stripwood
Use a wood glue like No More Nails in a caulking gun to stick the stripwood to the wall. If you do want to use nails that’s ok just make sure you fill in the nail head holes before painting). If you find that your walls are not straight you may need to use nails anyway.
Step 4 - Caulk
Caulking, fills and smooths any gaps between the wood and the wall, to give that properly built-in, finished look. Pop the caulk tube into the caulking gun, and pump the trigger until the caulk begins to come out. Remember to depress the pressure-relief trigger and wipe the tip every time you stop pumping. The best way to caulk with a smooth line is to start at the top and move the gun towards you, continuously, to avoid getting lumps. Use your finger to lightly run down the line of caulk you have just created, creating a concave surface. A soapy sponge also works.
Step 5 - Painting
The final part is to paint the entire thing! Start by priming the wood with a wood primer. Once dry paint the whole wall in your chosen colour. An eggshell finish works best for a hardwearing professional finish.
There you have it! A step-by-step guide to creating some geometric panelling