Project Overview

A timber-look feature wall can add warmth, depth and texture to any room. We’ll show you how easy it is to transform any wall in your home with this stylish modern look and the tools and materials you need to get it done. 
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How to extend a spirit level

You can extend your spirit level to suit any size project. Just get a kick rail or a long, straight, flat piece of timber. Place it on the spot you want to make sure is level, then lay the spirit level on top to easily check that it is.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the wall
2 Measure and mark the wall
3 Measure and cut the boards
4 Apply the adhesive to the wall
5 Stick the first board to the wall
6 Continue sticking the boards to the wall
7 Stick the last boards to the wall
  • Step 1. Clean the wall

    Before you start, make sure you clean the wall thoroughly using sugar soap and water. This will help the timber boards stick to the wall properly.

  • Step 2. Measure and mark the wall

    Measure the height of the wall and use the spirit level to mark a line down the middle. Now measure the width of your wall and mark a line across the middle. This will allow you to evenly lay your timber-look boards on the wall.

  • Step 3. Measure and cut the boards

    Using your wall measurements, mark and measure up the boards to fit. Use the utility knife to cut the boards and break them cleanly with the set square. Remember, you need to stagger the lengths of the boards so that you don’t have a straight line of wood seams running across the wall.

  • Step 4. Apply the adhesive to the wall

    Use the scraper to apply the adhesive to your trowel. Then spread the adhesive evenly onto the wall, starting at either side of the line that runs down the centre of the wall. Only apply the adhesive to the area where you are about to stick one of the timber-look boards.

     

  • Step 5. Stick the first board to the wall

    Take the first board and place it flush with the cornice at the top of the wall. Make sure it is also flush with the line running down the centre of the wall. Push the board onto the adhesive.

  • Step 6. Continue sticking the boards to the wall

    Repeat the process of applying adhesive and sticking the boards to the wall. Continually check to make sure they are straight. Use a cloth or wallpaper smoother to help press the boards onto the adhesive.

  • Step 7. Stick the last boards to the wall

    After you have stuck all your full-width boards to the wall, you may need to cut a board lengthwise to fit into the corners. Measure the width of the gap between the board and the wall. Mark this distance on the length of a board and use a utility knife to cut it. Apply adhesive to the wall and stick the board to it.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Heavy roller
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Notch trowel
  • Scraper
  • Set square
  • Spirit level
  • Trowel
  • Utility knife

Materials

  • Dry back vinyl planks
  • Sugar soap
  • Vinyl adhesive
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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