Easy paneling

by brae  

I'm sure this is nothing new to many people, but this was the first time I had tried this process.  I've seen others using real life placemats and blinds to create wonderful paneling or reed wall textures in miniature.  I'm putting in a fair amount of beadboard in this build, but I didn't like the idea of cutting individual strips of wood to achieve the look.  First, there is the cost of all that wood and second, the time involved.  In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a little behind the pack with this project!  :D

I looked online for some placemats and found a nice set on World Market: both in blonde and dark wood.  When I went to the store, however, I discovered the same material in a table runner measuring 16" x 90" that was a much better deal at $5 more.

It cuts easily with a utility blade and has a subtle wood grain surface.

I applied it to the walls with Aleene's Quick Dry glue supplemented with super glue gel in a few areas.  The runner has a thin mesh backing that helps with gluing, and I pressed the boards flat with magazines until the glue was completely dry.  Even left as is, it has a wonderfully natural appearance in miniature.  I'm sure the dark wood variety would also work well.

I sanded the surface to remove the shiny varnish and then painted the beadboard Warm White by Americana.  It took several coats to cover the wood, but I think that has more to do with the thinner nature of this particular paint brand.  I probably could have used a good primer to cut down on the number of coats, but I also wanted it to look like it had been painted many times over.

This material will add thickness to the walls, so any components such as doors and windows will need to be adjusted slightly.


Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Such a fantastic find!

11/11/13 @ 09:27
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

It looks lovely! I love the texture.

11/11/13 @ 10:07

Hi Brae! A Great solution at a Great price! The results are Wonderful! :D


11/11/13 @ 11:04
Comment from: Christina [Visitor]

Beautiful! Thanks for the tip on where to find the runner that will work.

11/11/13 @ 14:43
Comment from: janice [Visitor]

What a great idea and I love the colour. It may have taken a few coats but it was worth it.

11/11/13 @ 15:01
Comment from: Nancy Tyler [Visitor]

That looks great! I used a large wood roll up shade from the thrift store to do most of the floors and the attic in my old American Craft Products Maple Hill and I was so happy with the way it turned out. Well spent $1.79!

11/11/13 @ 15:50
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11/11/13 @ 18:30
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

I hadn’t thought about using placemats before but what a great idea. They could be used for many items, not just walls. Will certainly keep an eye out for some.

11/11/13 @ 19:59
Comment from: Diane Costanza [Visitor]

Brilliant idea!

11/12/13 @ 06:05
Comment from: cinderella moments [Visitor]

That’s so cool! It looks fantastic.

11/12/13 @ 09:23
Comment from: Susan Korman [Visitor]

Great idea! Hate to think how long it would have taken to cut all that beadboard. Yike!


11/12/13 @ 12:09
Comment from: Marijke [Visitor]

Great idea!
groetjes van Marijke

11/12/13 @ 23:01
Comment from: Pamela [Visitor]

hey there! I saw your ad to sell your extra Houseworks windows #5027. I bought a lot also, and now I’ve turned my filing cabinets’ exterior into a dollhouse - AND USED THE WINDOWS TO DECORATE IT. Now, my filing cabinets look like an apartment building. Since then, I bought a lot of 100 windows on eBay for $50 so I can cover more filing cabinets. Just a thought for what you can do with extra windows. :)

11/23/13 @ 07:49
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

What an excellent find that runner was and at a great price too. I’ve added that to my “good ideas” list. It really is a very effective way of creating panelling.

11/25/13 @ 10:51

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