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An empty room with a timber floor and a pale timber looking feature wall

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. 

Steps

1Clean 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.

Before photo of old fashioned floral wallpaper

2Measure 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.

A spirit level being used to rule a straight line on a wallpapered wall

3Measure 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.

Faux wooden panels being cut to size

4Apply 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.

 

5Stick 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.

Plaster being applied to a wallpapered wall to stick on faux wooden panels

6Continue 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.

Faux wooden panels being applied over a wallpapered wall

7Stick 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.

Faux wooden panels being pressed firmly into place on a feature wall

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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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.