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Wall coverings are perfect for adding warmth and texture to a room. However, ready-to-install wood often has its price. However, one do-it-yourselfer has shown that wall covering ideas don’t have to cost a fortune.
DIY queen and mom Jasmine Gurney shares many of her DIY tips and budget decorating ideas on Instagram and her blog ohabode.co.uk. Previously, Jasmine had remodeled her guest room using prefabricated acoustic panels. While they looked fantastic, she revealed that at £160 a leaf it had cost £800 to install.
A fan of the look but not the price, Jasmine revealed how she recreated the effect with a £120 iron-on wood veneer hack, saving £680.
wood paneling hack
The interiors expert shared how to make the DIY wood veneer slat paneling in a project role on her Instagram account @ohabode. She revealed that she created the look using some iron-on wood veneer edging tape and two 12mm sheets of MDF cut into 26mm wide strips.
Jasmine was given 43 strips of MDF board costing around £20 from Wickes. For the veneer fronts; the nut of a used real wood veneer edgebanding available from most kitchen countertop suppliers, Amazon or eBay.
If you want a more moody look with a dark veneer finish like walnut, paint the edges black. For a Scandi light oak look, leave the MDF sides plain.
To fix the wooden edges, she ironed the pre-glued edging tape onto the smooth side of the MDF board. Then use an edge cutter or a Stanley knife to trim the sides.
Jasmine recommends three options for installing the panels. “You can either nail the strips on first and then iron on the veneer to cover the holes, or polish them up afterwards leaving a 12mm gap between them,” she explains. “Or if you want to put them up in bulk you can buy a 6mm MDF board, prime and paint it like your wall and nail/glue the strips onto it and put them up in sections for easy installation/removal. ‘
Renovation of the wood paneling in the bedroom
The social influencer is so addicted to the slat wall effect! She has it in three rooms in her house to try out and test the different versions. As previously mentioned, her guest bedroom has expensive prefabricated paneling with soundproofing gray felt backing. Her living room and bedroom, seen here, have do-it-yourself stained stripe panels, the new iron-on veneer version is ready to be displayed in her bathroom – but it’s hard to tell them all from one another.
We love how she used wood panels in her bedroom to dress up her art deco style bed.
Jasmine’s master bedroom was boring. Soft pink walls were pretty but lacked interest. Typographic wall art and small mounted lights look lost against the vast space.
Although the bedroom is still only 95% complete, the transformation is incredible. In addition to the wood paneling, the wall required re-routing and re-wiring of lights and outlets. Replastering holes she had to cut. Paint, build shelves and stain and wax the panels. Jasmine completed all of this herself.
“I’m super happy with it and I finally feel relaxed… I go in with a smile on my face.” says Jasmin.
If you live in a rental and would like to try this look for yourself, Jasmine recommends installing Command Strips on the back of wood panels. This is a great way to decorate a rental property as it won’t damage the walls like nails can.
“Use the largest of the sizes and apply it to the top and bottom of each slat,” says Jasmine. “You’ll also want to make sure your slats aren’t bent or warped, otherwise it can be difficult to stick flat to the wall.”
Will you try this wall covering hack?