How To Make Panelling For Walls

Panelling for walls is a great way to add texture and interest to any room. While often associated with more historic or rustic homes, it can also be used in modern settings to create depth and dimension. Follow this tutorial to learn how to make your own panelling in no time—just gather your materials and get ready

You will need:

  • Wood: For the wood, you can use any type of wood that you have lying around. If you don’t have any suitable wood lying around, try to find some free wood from a local lumber mill or ask your friends if they have some scrap pieces they’d like to get rid of.
  • Stud finder: A stud finder is an essential tool for this project because it helps locate where your wall studs are located so that you can screw into them without causing any damage to them or the drywall behind them. It’s best to get one with metal telescoping rods since plastic ones tend not to last as long and may break under pressure when drilling into walls filled with insulation material such as styrofoam or fiberglass batting which traps dirt really well inside its fibers making it harder for light fixtures such as lamps or overhead lights from reaching their full potential when placed too close together without proper ventilation between each lamp socket outlet due

Scrap wood

You can use any scrap wood you have around the house. I like using wood that’s been cut off other projects, but you might also have some small pieces left over from building something, or maybe even some nuts and bolts that you can recycle into your new project! This is a great way to upcycle those unwanted materials into something useful and beautiful.

Whatever size or type of wood scraps you end up with, they’ll all work beautifully for this project. If you want to make sure everything fits together seamlessly (like we did), then be sure to measure all of your pieces before you start cutting anything down—it’ll save time in the long run.

Stud Finders

A stud finder is an indispensable tool for making panelling, especially if you’re working on a budget. You can buy one at any hardware store and they are inexpensive, so there’s no reason not to get one.

If you are going to use the stud finder, follow these instructions:

  • Turn off the power to your saw before attempting this task. This will prevent any accidents from occurring during your work.
  • Place the bit end of your stud finder against the wall where you want to drill a hole for your nail gun or nails (you may want to mark this spot with a pencil so that it is easy to locate). Press firmly against it until it beeps twice; this means that there is wood behind the wall where you pressed down on it—and thus in which you could place screws or nails.

Miter Saw

A miter saw is a specialized saw that allows you to make angled cuts in wood, metal and plastic. It’s also called a chop saw or mitre box. The blade is mounted on a rotating arm that turns at 90 degrees, so it can make both beveled and compound cuts. You can use this power tool to cut trim for your walls or other wooden materials like plywood.

The most important thing when using a miter saw is safety; always wear protective eyewear and earplugs when operating the tool. Be sure to follow all manufacturer safety instructions when assembling or using any power tools.

Power Drill

Using a power drill, screw the panelling into place. You should use a drill bit of the same size as the head of your screws. The drill bit should also be slightly smaller than the screw head or slightly larger than it.

Wood screws

Wood screws are used to attach wood to wood, metal, concrete and brick. They also have a wide range of other applications.

Small Trim Pieces (for the top and bottom)

Now you will need to cut the small pieces of trim. The two top and bottom pieces should be cut using a miter saw, while the two side pieces can be taken care of with a power drill. After all four pieces are cut, use your paintbrush to paint them in the same color as your panelling.

Now it is time to screw these small pieces onto your wall. It may seem daunting at first but it only takes one person and some patience.

Liquid Nails

Liquid nails is a glue that can be used to adhere your pieces of wood together. It’s a fast drying glue, which means you can get your project done quickly and start enjoying the results.

Liquid nails comes in two different strengths: regular and heavy duty. The regular version is great for smaller projects but doesn’t perform well on larger ones because it dries out too fast. If you’re looking for something that will last long-term, use the heavy duty formula instead.

When working with liquid nails, make sure to keep it away from children and pets; they may ingest or get stuck by some of its components if left unsupervised! Also avoid using this product near open flames as it contains flammable chemicals; this is especially important if you plan on using any type of saw when building furniture with panelling techniques like those we’ll discuss later on in this article series (more info coming soon).

Paint and paint supplies

To start, you’ll want to paint your wall with primer. This will help the walls absorb the paint better, and it will also allow for a smoother finish.

Once you’ve primed your wall, it’s time to apply the actual color. You can use a paint roller if you want; however, I recommend using a brush instead because it allows for more control over where you put each stroke of paint.

When applying your first coat of paint on the walls, don’t worry about being too neat—just get them covered in color as best as possible! The key here is that once this first coat dries, you should have most of your base layer complete so that when applying subsequent coats (if necessary), they won’t need any touchups afterwards since they’re already covering up any mistakes with additional layers of fresh acrylics before they dry completely into place.’

Cut the scrap wood into 6-inch strips using a miter saw. Use a stud finder to locate studs and then mark the studs on your wall using a pencil.

Once you have the wood strips cut, use a stud finder to locate studs and mark them on your wall using pencil. If you don’t have a stud finder, use an awl or nail to test for solid spots in the wall as you move along. Once you’ve found your perfect spot, place two small screws into this area every 6 inches apart to secure the paneling in place. Use a miter saw or handsaw to cut extra pieces of scrap wood into smaller pieces (about 1-inch long) to create trim pieces at the top and bottom of each paneling piece that will hide any gaps between panels when they’re all put together on your walls.

Using glue or nails (depending on what type of glue was used), adhere these trim pieces onto the front edge of each piece of paneling so that everything lines up nicely when complete.


Once you have your wall marked with studs, nail the first strip of wood to the wall using a level and three nails per 6-inch strip of wood. Once all strips are up, then place liquid nails on each panel in the middle or wherever seams meet. Then wipe away excess glue with a paper towel before it dries. You may need to use some clamps to ensure a tight fit between each piece of wood until the liquid nails dry completely. Finally paint your faux wood panelling with white paint mixed 50:50 ratio (90 parts water) so that it looks aged and let dry overnight before hanging any art or decor on top.

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