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How to Install a Fluted Wall Panel Feature! (DIY guide)

fluted wall panel feature wall behind a dining setting
This is an easy-to-follow DIY guide on how to make your own fluted wall panel feature wall that can save you thousands on a tradesperson!

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Creating a fluted wall panel feature can be a great beginner DIY project and save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a tradesperson! So we’ve put together an easy-to-follow general guide on how to make your own fluted wall panel feature wall:

Materials needed:

  1. Selected Fluted wall panel sections
  2. Circular saw or jigsaw
  3. Measuring tape or Ruler
  4. Pencil
  5. Painters tape
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Spirit Level or Bubble Level
  8. Adhesive: Liquid nails, Loctite All Purpose, Gorilla Glue
  9. Clamps or Bracing Weights
  10. Optional: LED Lighting, Power drill

DIY Guide:

Preliminaries

To begin with we need to determine the area of your feature wall. Measure along the length and height of the wall. Then multiply those two numbers to figure out your area. I always recommend measuring twice to make sure your numbers are correct! This can potentially save you from accidentially over or under-ordering.

Next, you are going to want to determine a color of panel that works well with your room. I have personally used the custom Room Visualizer from PPG to determine the best color scheme to go with the existing furniture in a room.

Now you have a color picked and area measured, it’s time to buy some panels! These can be purchased from your local hardware store if you’re just looking for a standard or classic fluted wall panel style. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, try heading online to WALLMG 3D-Wall Store. They sell some really awesome 3D fluted wall panels that are guarenteed to give your room a fresh new look!

Pro-Tip!: Order about 10-15% more than the area you measured to allow for wastage!

You will also need to work out the best adhesive for your selected panel type. This will normally be advised by the supplier of the panel, so keep a look out and make sure you order enough adhesive to secure the whole wall and then some.

Preparation

Once you have all your materials and a good full day to spend working on your new fluted feature wall, you can start planning how the wall will come together.

Begin by finding an area of similar size to the wall you want to clad and start laying out the wall panels in the same formation as you intend to place them on your wall. Once you have them layed out, check your measurements once again and, using a pencil and ruler, mark out any panels that need trimming to fit the area.

Once the outline is marked, move onto measuring the location of power points or any other wall outlets that may be in the way of a flush finish.

A good way to measure these outlets is to identify a single point, say the bottom corner of the power point for example. You then take the distance from the edge of your feature wall and then the distance from the bottom of your feature wall. Mark this point on the layed out wall.

You can then use a piece of paper and your pencil to shade the shape of the outlet onto your paper. Cut out your shaded area with some scissors and paste or tape it to your layed out wall, making sure you match the same corner you measured on the paper cut out to the point you measured on the layed out wall panels. Drill some pilot holes on the very edge of each corner of the paper, put your PPE on and use your circular saw and/or jigsaw to perform the required cuts.

Pro-Tip!: Try to organize your cuts to less visible areas of the wall. For example, running your cuts along the bottom panels, if the bottom is largely obstructed by a piece of furniture, is a great way to keep the more visible edges looking clean and crisp!

A light hand sanding of the wall will help the adhesive stick.

The last step in the preparation is to give your wall, and any panels you cut, a wash and wipe down to ensure there is no dust or dirt getting in between your panel and the wall. Any loose material between the wall and the panel can compromise the effectiveness of the adhesive.

MAKE SURE THE WALL IS DRY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

A man preparing a wall for applying fluted wall paneling

Installation of the Fluted Wall Panels

Starting with a single bottom corner panel, evenly apply the adhesive across the back of the panel and onto the respective portion of the wall. Gently apply even pressure across your panel and hold until the panel no longer slides around.

Use your spirit level to check the panel is vertically and horizontally level. Apply painters tape to help hold the panel in place while the glue dries completely. Painter’s tape is specially made to avoid peeling the paint off your walls or architraves.

It is wise to clean up any excess glue that may have spilled over when applying pressure on the panel.

Once your first corner panel is in and taped up, proceed to install the rest of the bottom row, one panel at a time. Ensure each panel is level and hard up against the panel before it before taping it off.

After the bottom row is finished and the glue is dried, start working on the next row. One by one making sure the flutes line up with the panel below.

Repeat this until you have completed the entire wall!

A fluted wall panel feature wall with lamp and feature lighting

There you have it! A beautiful fluted wall panel feature at a fraction of the cost of a tradesperson!

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