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The easy way to install panelling

You have probably seen projects that use board on board on board to build up a panelled look for walls. This project details how to use a few pieces of trim and moulding to create a panelled wall without all the fuss.


Prominent Paints satin or sheen
No More Nails adhesive
Caulking gun
Mitre box and backsaw, mitre saw or jigsaw
180-grit sandpaper
Spirit level
Timber offcuts
Tape measure
Clean cloths
Painting equipment
Drop cloths






The secret to this project is to prepare the wall where the panelling is to be installed before you do anything else. Use a washable paint, such as Prominent Paints satin or sheen - in the same colour that you want the panelling to be finished in. Cut the skirting board and dado or chair rail to the right size and paint in the same colour.

You will find more information here and here on cutting for these types of projects. Spend a bit of time sanding with 180-grit sandpaper before you paint, as you want a perfectly smooth finish.

These sections are glued onto the wall with No More Nails adhesive. Apply plenty of adhesive to the back for better tack - you can easily wipe away any excess that squeezes out after mounting. Use a spirit level when mounting the dado or chair rail to ensure that you have a straight, level line.

Cut all the trim and moulding with 45-degree mitred corners - as you would for making a picture frame. If there are any gaps in the joins, use No More Nails to fill these in. Again, use a spirit level to ensure that sections are level or the vertical and diagonal.

Cut yourself some blocks of offcuts to use as spacers. These are invaluable when mounting the board to a specific pattern. Use these to ensure your spacing is correct between all the various sections.

Use No More Nails - or acrylic sealer - to fill in any gaps before painting with two coats of paint. Allow the sealer to dry before painting, and be sure to allow drying time between each coat of paint applied.

Acrylic sealer can easily be painted over, while silicone sealer is not easy to paint.