How to create a VJ feature wall

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How to create a VJ feature wall

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Tools and materials:

180-grit sandpaper


Caulking gun

Circular saw

Dust mask

Ear protection

Hammer/nail gun




Selley’s liquid nails

Selley’s sugar soap


Stud finder

Tape measure

VJ wall panels

Wood filler

1. Clean your walls

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. 

clean the wall

2. Measure up

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.

Measure the wall with a tape measure

3. Find your wall studs

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

Finding the studs in the wall

4. Glue the back of your panelling

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.

Applying adhesive to the wooden wall panel

5. Nail your panelling in

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.

use a nail gun

6. Attach the second panel

Once your first panel is up, install the second one. Use the tongue-and-groove system to slot both pieces together.

Application of wooden wall panel to wall with team member

7. Paint!

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!

finished wal; panel

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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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