Before making any of our cuts, we have drawn our wall out to help us plan how much wood we will need and where we will place each board. We decided to have our MDF ripped from a full sheet at the Home Depot, rather than purchasing individual boards. This saves time and money. We are using ½” MDF for the paneling on our wall. We had that panel ripped into twelve 3.5” boards, and one 7.5” board.
Start by attaching your horizontal boards first. These will run the full length of the wall. Our first board will be placed at 40” from the ground. Use one of the 3.5” boards for this piece. If you already have existing baseboards, you can start these boards just above those as well. Make sure to use a level on this part to keep this board straight.
Add a line of panel adhesive to the back of the board, and use the cordless nail gun to attach the board to the wall. Now we are ready for our top board!
This board is the same length as the one we just attached, but we are using the 7.5” board. Line up the base of this board 8” from the top of the bottom board, and attach it the same way.
Now for our battens! Let’s start with our longer bottom boards. Each one of these will be 40” long. Start with your outside piece first. Run a line of panel adhesive down the back of the board, and attach it using the brad nailer. We like to use 4-5 nails per board.
Now attach the rest of you longer boards using the same method. We have chosen to place our battens every 8”.
To finish off the top, we are going to layer a few different pieces of wood. Start by attaching your 1x4 with adhesive and the nail gun. This board will sit right on top of the top horizontal board. Both boards will be flush on the top.
Next, we are going to add the top shelf piece. Run a line of wood glue along the top of the two boards you just attached. Lay the other 1x4 board flat on top of these, and attach it using the nail gun.
Our final piece to add will be the crown moulding. This will attach to both 1x4 pieces. Use the cordless stapler on to hold the crown in place.
Time to finish it off!
Before painting, be sure to run caulk down all of your seams, and fill any holes with painter’s putty. Paint all of your boards and the wall between the same color, and you are set! For under $100, and in very little time, we have created a fun, custom wall treatment with the help of our Ryobi power tools. Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Building!