Easy Peasy Wall Panelling

Read below to find out how we created this look.

As you all know I have always been a huge fan of panelling, after creating a panelled wall in our master bedroom (see here for tutorial) I have managed to incorporate it in to 3 places in the house and I have no intention of stopping there!

We have a long and thin, traditional 1930s hallway with windows on the stair side and a long blank wall running along the other. The house would have once had a separate dining and living room but these rooms were knocked through and the door filled in by the previous owner which we love, but it did leave us with a very long blank wall where a door once sat. We decided to go for a taller and more rectangular panelling than we have previously done. I actually took my inspiration from the panels in the front door, being a total sucker for period features I always try and incorporate traditional aspects into the home where possible.

As soon as my husband had got over the fact that I had convinced him to panel yet another wall, we headed to B&Q for supplies. We had already drawn and planned how many strips we would like on the wall and from that, worked out our spacing and height. We decided on 1400mm Lengths that were 80mm wide. We brought a 3mm thick large sheet of MDF from B&Q and had it cut using their in house cutting service. The MDF was only £13 and gave us enough strips of wood to do the panelling twice if we wanted to. It always impresses me how affordable panelling can be.

We used Gripfil and pin nails to attach the strips to the wall. We started with the bottom horizontal pannels that ran along the skirting, because we had all of the strips cut to the same size we needed to join strips together to do this, we got them as close to each other as possible and used a finger of wood filler on the joins where required. We then began the vertical panels, and then the top horizontal panels at the end. The project came together really quickly and we had the panelling attached and together in around an hour. We used a nail punch, to punch in any nails so they were flush with the surface, used a small amount of wood filler on any joins and then began priming. We always use Zinsser BIN for priming.

A very messy photo, post priming

We have now painted and almost (story of our lives) completed the hallway and landing renovations. We painted the walls using The Decorating Centre Online hard wearing matte colour matched to Farrow and Ball sulking room pink. I am so pleased with the result. Panelling really is a fantastic way to transform a space on a small budget. If you give it a try, please do let me know how you get on!

The Finished Look

Chynna xxx

Master bedroom Renovation

Better late than never hey? I get asked about our bedroom renovations often, so thought I would create this post to cover any questions that I get asked. I think it is one of the rooms we are most proud of because of the DIY tasks that we turned our hand to in this project. We (basically my husband) did everything from restoring the floors to built in alcove wardrobes. We took some décor gambles and pushed ourselves out of our interior comfort zone but I think it paid off. It really does feel like a touch of luxury and is our escape from the chaos that is reno life! Here’s how we did it.

The master bedroom began much like the rest of the rooms in the house, thick with wallpaper and poor wall condition underneath. However this time we had the added treat of, what can only be described as the ugliest fireplace I have ever seen. It took alot of prep work and the chasing into the walls for the wall lights was incredibly messy, but as soon as we were plastered (the walls, not me and Aaron on this occasion) it started to look like a room and I began thinking about decor.

The Panelling was a total last minute decsion. I saw something similar on Pinterest the day before we began decorating, showed my husband and we went to get the parts for it that evening. We had never done any panelling before but were pleasently surprised how easy, cheap and effective it was. You can see the full details of how we did the panelling on my DIY panelling blog post here. In true renovation swings and roundabouts style, the flooring was a labour of love and a real learning curve. It took alot of work and mess but was totally worth it. I love the ease of real wood floors and the fact that they are original to the house means that they add great character to the room. Again you can find a full guide to restoring original floorboards here. When it came to the fireplace I was a bit stumped. After hours and hours of trawling the internet I couldn’t find a single 1930’s tiled fireplace makeover for inspiration! I hate removing original features so i suggested to my husand that we try painting it, we decided it was worth a try and got a pot of cheap, one coat kitchen tile paint. This didnt leave us with the desired look…. or anywhere near in fact. When we were painting the panelling in Valspar wood and metal paint we decided to give it a try on the fireplace and it worked brilliantly. We added some heavily patterned tiles from fired earth and it completely transformed the look.

Once all of the painting and decor was done we moved onto wardrobes. We had space either side of the alcoves which seemed a bit wasted and wanted something built in instead of freestanding. Notoriously expensive, we just didnt have the budget to pay someone to do it. My husand decided to turn his hand to it and give it a go…..There was alot of swearing, wasted cuts of wood and trips to and from shops to get materials. The frame was the most tricky thing to get right. We purchased the doors from Ikea, an absolute bargain at just £35 per door! We then primed and painted the wardrobes to match the panelling. The handles were from Ebay and were super cheap but great quality for the price. I really recomend shopping around once you have your eye on any interior item because 9/10 times I find exactly what I want, cheaper elsewhere.

As always my advice to anyone is to give doing it yourself a go. You have nothing to loose by trying, we are absolutley closing our eyes and hoping for the best with alot of tascs in this renovation, however working so hard to create the small luxuries makes us love them all the more. It was my time to shine…when it came to furnishing the bedroom, I knew that I wanted it to feel like total grown up luxury. I based all the decor around the fireplace which had quickly become my favourite feature of the hosue…. who would have thought it! I took the art deco/boutique hotel vibes and ran with it. Luxurious fabrics, deco patterns in a mix of greys and gold, have made for the perfect adult retreat. I have tried my best to list where products we used were from below, but should you have any questions or want any further detail then please feel free to pop a comment below.


Chynna xxx