Recessed TV feature wall with EasyVJ panels
Experienced Workshop member Pete transformed a plain brick wall in his living room into a gorgeous feature wall using EasyVJ panels.
Before installing your timber feature wall panels, you'll need to make sure your walls are nice and clean –clean walls mean your adhesive will stick well when fixing the panels to the wall. Use sugar soap to give them a good scrub. If you're working on a kitchen or bathroom it's best to use a liquid concentrate to get rid of accumulated grease and grime. If you're installing in a bedroom, the sugar soap wipes should suffice.
After your walls are clean, measure their width and height to make sure you get the correct-size VJ panelling. This isn't a job you can just guestimate, so use a tape measure! Once you've done this you can cut your VJ panelling to size – leave a 10mm gap top and bottom and don't forget to measure and cut around any power sockets. The best way to cut is to use a circular saw. If you don't have one, hire one (through hire services or sites like AirTasker), or ask a friend to lend you theirs.
Next, you'll need to find the studs in your wall. Use a stud finder to locate where they are – or do the old fashioned knock test – and mark up the point on your skirting boards with a pencil
Apply the adhesive to the back of your panelling – we used Selly's liquid nails, applied using a corking gun. When it comes time to actually put them up, see if you can enlist someone to help you – this bit can get fiddly! And a word of warning – that adhesive is STICKY, so make sure you've laid your panelling up against the wall BEFORE applying it to make sure it actually fits.
Your panels won't stay up properly until the glue has dried, so nail in using the studs you found earlier. You can use a hammer and some nails, but we used a nail gun to speed things along.
Once your first panel is up, install the second one. Use the tongue-and-groove system to slot both pieces together.
VJ wood panels come pre-primed so they're ready to paint straight away. Choose any paint colour you like – we went with white, to give our space a contemporary ‘Scandi' feel. And voila! You have a totally new and improved space. Too easy!
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.