In this live, we talk through a few options for wall paneling for a feature wall because it can really take your reno up a notch. If you follow the little project I did in our spare room just adding the board paneling made such a massive difference.
Okay so I want to talk through a few options for wall paneling for a feature wall because it can really take your reno up a notch. If you follow the little project I did in our spare room just adding that, the board paneling made such a massive difference. What I want to do is go through a few different options and also share some sheets with you.
1. Batten & Board
I absolutely love this look it’s called board-and-batten and I just think it works really well with the Hamptons looks. One of our Wonder Women was doing, she’s doing up one of her Airbnb’s while Airbnb is quiet. She was going to put this in a room, she’s got a very gorgeous and quite ornate beaded chandelier and and decided against it because they’re conflicting styles. What she decided was, the style that a light fitting that needs to go with this is quite simple and you can see the furniture in this room’s quite simple and it works really well but hold that thought. Because I’m going to show you the product that you can get to do this in a panel but there’s a subtle difference that I want to show you. Personally I think if you’re going to do it like. If you’re going to do it in a reno-to-sell just go with the panel because it’s super easy but if you’re going to do it in your own home I’d actually think about doing it with battens rather than go the paneling.
This is a site where you can get the panels but I’m just going to show you a little distinction that you need to be aware of. The style is Vogue. Ascot is more of a relief style, which I don’t think is so good. So the panels actually have, they double up when they meet so that the battens double up and I just think that that doesn’t look quite as good as the when it’s done when it’s done traditionally just with battens so I guess it’s a labor cost. We did this in in our Rennie street project but I actually had the cabinet maker do it. He did it out of MDF and like we did a massive wall like it was eight or nine meters and it cost us $400 it had to painted so you know MDF takes quite a bit of painting but there’s more than one way to get the result that you want. So that is the batten-and-board paneling. So can you see there how all the battens are the same thickness whereas on the panel style where the boards meet they’re not quite double but you can see that it’s wider. I just don’t really understand why they didn’t work that out a bit better but anyhow.
2. Freestyle Battens
So this is another look that I really love so the timber battens’ on end. It’s quit expensive to do because there’s a lot of material in that but really for a more contemporary home it’s a really really nice architectural finish and those of you who would have seen Kathleen Friedrich‘s last renovation she actually did a whole hallway in this and she concealed, well very similar, and she concealed the doors along that hallway so you couldn’t actually see that they were doors there. So once again a really nice look but also quite expensive to do.
So if you’re going battens then you’ve got a whole lot of opportunity to sort of let your imagination run wild and I think this is an absolutely awesome design so talk about impact on what would otherwise be a fairly plain wall I think you know is a really great look. So just to answer your question Vivienne – yes, you absolutely can batten over gyprock. No problems at all. You just have got to think about what’s happening at the skirting okay, so your batten needs to be at least as thick as the skirting or less thick than the skirting. It can’t be more so.
3. Timber Veneer
So this is plywood. Now this is for a more contemporary home. I know that my son, David would go for this over some of those others that we’ve shown. I love the more classical looks, he’s into the contemporary hipster style stuff but what I want you to notice is they’ve done an express joint. So an express joint is where there is a gap all the way around and it’s the same distance all the way around. So probably what they would have done is painted that wall dark and then done the express joint. You can’t really see what colour it is and a way that’s often done is that molding called p50 that we use to create shadow lines it just really keeps the joint at an even depth or width and quite a nice finish. Now that’s a really cost effective way of doing a feature wall and certainly in some styles plywood is very desirable and as you can see it looks really good with the plant as well.
4. Divine Wallpaper
I absolutely love wallpaper and these days wallpapers can be removable which Stephen and I, the only time when we’ve teetered on divorce was hanging wallpaper. It certainly was not good for the marriage so we don’t do wallpaper anymore. I absolutely love this one it’s called La Palma. It’s by Catherine Martin who you would remember is Baz Luhrmann’s wife. But wallpaper is about $450 a roll, which is a really nice designer one. So if you’re going to go for wallpaper I’d suggest probably do a bit of practicing. Bunnings do have some decent designs and don’t just rely on what they’ve got, they do special orders as well so think about maybe practicing on something a little bit more cost-effective before you go and start outlaying $500 a roll because the rolls are ten metres long, but another really great look for a feature wall. So the other thing on wallpaper is you can actually get paintable textured wallpapers. So you know things like the wainscoting with the Hamptons look you can actually get a wallpaper where it looks like it’s wainscoting but it’s not, it’s textured wallpaper and you just paint it. So that’s another option I’d forgotten to put that in.
5. Distressed Painted Brick
Now we all saw Christina Reed’s beautiful renovation and basically this was her solution to a crummy old red brick wall and I actually think that look is amazing and so I’ve discovered that you can actually do this with faux bricks.So you can buy panels of fabric, it’s quite thin, I’ll show you the product in a minute and you can basically stick it to the wall paint it with all scramble – do they say scramble? – with paint to get that really nice and vintage-y sort of finish and there you go. So you don’t really have to have a 80-year old wall to get the look.
6. Recycled Sleepers
Okay so this is another one. This is a product from Northern Rivers and so basically what they do is recycle all timbers and sleepers that they have created a DIY product so that you can actually put together, I think I’ve got the images of it, you can put together a rustic wall. This would be awesome for some Airbnb’s and anyone can do it. See here on the top left you can see that. So what they’ve done is they’ve got timber, like recycled timber and sort of tidied it up and then they’ve planted on like a tongue on the back so you just slot it together so obviously you have to put some studs in to fix it too. But it’s a DIY product prefab sorters. I think it’s about $170 dollars/square meter so it’s not overly cheap but then again lots of wallpapers aren’t either. That’s another great product too, depending on the style of the look you’re going for.
7. Gorgeous Easy Craft Profiles
Okay so let’s go back to this Easy Craft site again, so this is where Bunnings source their paneling from and I want to go back to “Products”, that’s what we want. And so basically that’s the the V board. We didn’t use that one we used something similar, which one did we use was I think it was yes it was that one up there. So the one with the bead. And so yes so that’s quite a nice look but some of the other products that they have which I think are really cool are these Chevron designs so have a look at that. So that’s another really great design for zooshing up a more contemporary property. Now some some of these you have to do through special order, you can’t buy them off the shelf but well worth the wait.
Okay and the other one I wanted to show you is the faux brick wall panels that are interlocked and I’ll just show you the there’s lots of choices like you can basically get anything on your wall and give it a coat of paint and Bob’s your uncle.
Okay so let’s just go over them again. So this is the Northern Rivers recycled timber made into a DIY product. I’m sure you could do this without the DIY product if you had someone that was pretty handy with a screw gun. So this the faux brick wall wallpaper we all love, well I certainly love it. So the timber plywood, interesting that they’ve staggered the joints as well. So the batten done in a more creative design. So that could definitely be done straight over gyprock. And, of course, the timber screen which is probably it would have been done out of something like Tasmanian hardwood and a really nice finish but quite expensive to do.
I am thankful that I finally got to do this and I’m what I’m going to do is put together a little fact sheet so with the links to those to where you can look at those products so in case you’re thinking about a really beautiful feature wall that will help you to source it and if you’ve got an idea, a tip, please share it on the group so we build up our repertoire of designs and ideas. I hope you’re all doing well and the lockdown is soon going to sort of ease up a little bit for some of us I see some people have already seen their grandy’s which is really great. Just stay happy and look after yourself and I’ll see you next week! If you’ve got any suggestions for what we can do in the Facebook lives please let me know because I’m really happy to do the work for it.
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