Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DIY Masonite Faux Paneled Wall

For my mom's room, I knew I wanted to create the look of a horizontal planked wall behind her bed -- but I didn't have the budget to make it a reality, so I got creative. I figured that whatever material I used, once it was installed wall to wall you wouldn't be able to tell how deep it was and it would look (pretty much) like a regular paneled wall.


So with kiddos in tow, I ventured into my friendly neighborhood Lowe's where I had them cut 3 sheets of 1/'8" Masonite hardboard (like pegboard but without the holes) into 6" strips for me. Lowe's has a generous cutting policy that is great for projects such as this. 

After getting them home the first thing I did was prime them with oil-based primer. I'm always glad when I pre-prime; you should save yourself the hassle and pre-prime (and even pre-paint) things like this or like board and batten. You'll thank yourself when it's on the wall and there are nooks and crannies you don't have to contend with.


Next I marked the studs on the wall and started nailing the panels up. 

I marked pieces that covered outlets and scored them with a utility knife before breaking the unwanted pieces of Masonite off -- another advantage of working with material that's only 1/8" thick.

I wanted it to appear random so I didn't worry very much about it -- I'd cut a piece to fit with a miter saw and then use the rest of the same board as the first piece for the next row as I worked my way up -- sometimes things lined up, sometimes they didn't. Sometimes I cut a random piece on an arbitrary line if I felt like my lengths were getting too patterned. I made it up as I went along and it worked great. 


I made sure to nail each strip of Masonite into the studs for stability and I also put two nails into each board's short end, one at the top and one at the bottom of each strip like this:



I used craft (popsicle) sticks as spacers between rows so there would be a natural looking gap between my faux boards.


And of course, I ran to the store for that one last piece of Masonite for the two dark boards in this photo -- talk about frustrating!

Last, I filled all nail holes except the pair in each Masonite strip's ends (I like how they looked) and  coerced invited my dear sister and niece to help paint. Mwahaha.


For about $32 in Masonite, I think it looks fabulous! It was a quick, easy way to add some detail to the room and it was definitely worth it.


Definitely a manageable way to add some character to a room in your house, don't you think?

36 comments:

  1. This is G E N I O U S!!!!! Im doing this!!! What a total money saver and it looks FABULOUS~ What an amazing idea and job!!! Thanks Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com Im following you:))

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  2. love this look! We are thinking of doing something similar at our place. What paint colour did you use? Love it!! Great job :)

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  3. Love this idea. I currently rent, but this is definitely going on my home projects list for when I own my home. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Wow, came out amazing!!! Those framed bird pics are nice too!

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  5. really diggin' it when it was just primed! just sayin'!
    you are truly an artist!

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  6. and btw @ lifebyemily. you can do this in a rental. just tack it to the wall with an 18 gauge brad nail. super small holes to fill when you peel it off to move!

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  7. A really cool project that turned out super

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  8. Awesome! Just one question, not sure what you mean by, "I also put two nails into each board's short cut end". Can you expound a bit? Thank you so much!

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    1. Good question, I added a fancy diagram to the post to better illustrate this ;) Thanks!

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  9. That looks awesome!! We tried to buy boards at Lowes to do our feaux board and batten a couple weeks ago but they didn't have the right width of boards so we had to use Home Depot and let's just say that their board cutting policy is nowhere as generous as Lowes:( We had to pay $1 per cut...and when you have more than 40 cuts, that stinks...but it was still cheaper than renting a saw so we did it (and it's nice because the cuts are straight when they do them.) Moral of the story always use Lowes for these types of projects! Your mom's room looks awesome. Does she absolutely love it?

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  10. WOW -- you are awesome! This looks fab-u-lous!!!

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  11. Found you through HoH....love this space!!!
    Can you come over and decorate my home????
    Thanks for share your talents with us!

    Lia B

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  12. Jill C., Camarillo, CAJune 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    That looks amazing--you're a genius! Now, where in my house can I do that???

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  13. This is absolutely wonderful! I didn't realize Lowe's would cut materials for you. I wonder if Home Depot does that, too? That's the part that usually stops me from trying any projects, because I'm not a fan of using my husband's table saw. (Okay, my husband is the second thing that stops me from trying projects. Every time I begin, he comes up with "You know, you really should do it THIS way..." then takes over. How do you keep that from happening?)

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    1. Thanks Katie! Lowe's has a much more flexible/generous cutting policy than Home Depot. They'll cut things smaller and I've never been charged. And as for my husband, I'm much more handy than he is so I don't have any words of advice for you -- he generally steers clear of my projects ;)

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    2. As a slightly older wife with a very handy husband, I would say "let him" :). He is trying to impress you and make you happy with him and your project. :D

      As a crafty, capable woman, I sometimes want to do my own things and I do.....when he is out of the house ;). One of the VERY best things I have done in my marriage is let my husband do for me when he offers. :)

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  14. Hi there! I'm a new reader, sent over from YHL. I love this look ... and it even appears manageable for new-DIYers like me. Thanks for the tips :)

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  15. This is awesome! I was LITERALLY at Home Depot yesterday looking at hardboard to do basically the exact project. Thanks for doing it already so I now it looks great!

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  16. This looks fabulous! I've always wanted to try this. I'll being filing this post in my inspiration files. Thanks!

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  17. Very creative - would never have guessed it wasn't actual wood panels - well done!

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  18. Do you think this would be possible for ceilings too? We have ugly popcorn ceilings and are looking for inexpensive ways to cover them up. We were going to go with tongue and groove pine boards, but if this would be easier and less expensive, that would be great!

    -Cassie

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  19. Now that's just fantastic like to no end fantastic!

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  20. WOW!! Holy moly! That looks awesome! I stopped by from The Inspired Room when I saw your tutorial on her blog. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Nice job on that wall and love the price tag - well done!! I have this linked to my plank walls post too today, for inspiration!

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  23. I do believe I just found the way to redo my stair way !! thanks a bunch !

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  24. This is really cool - did you nail the masonite to each stud or only on the ends? I would be fearful that it would be "wavy" if it wasn't nailed down all the way across. Also, how did you finish it off at the corners of the wall? Thanks, think I'm going to try this!

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  25. Any concern about mold groaing underneath?

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  26. I mean "growing"...

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  27. I was going for the panel look but I was concerned about formaldehyde. Then found out Masonite is steamed and pressed not glued which is what causes formaldehyde to seep out overtime, not good for people with respiratory conditions or anyone. And it's a green way to remodel your space. Thanks for the ideas.
    Oz

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  28. I have been trying to put together a beach inspired bedroom. This is going to be PERFECT! Thank you....lovin your DIY girl power too! :)

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