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Timber Wall Treatments


Give your rooms texture and warmth using pine beading and plywood panels for a designer look you can do it yourself. Profiled walls are popular again but with a more modern look than the paper and panels of old. To break up a bare wall, use sheets of 7 mm CD plywood and inexpensive 30 x 11mm finger-jointed pine beading, painted for a fresh finish. A coffer is a sunken angular panel often seen on the ceilings of old buildings. Bring the look up to date by securing beading to ply then hang on the wall using split battens to get a coffered look right up to the ceiling.

Coffered Panels

Secure beading to both long edges of a sheet of ply using PVA adhesive and 15 x 1 mm panel pins with two more strips spaced equally in between, adding horizontal lengths cut to fit.

For an entire wall, use several sheets and space the arrangement to cover the sheet joints with 15 mm of the vertical strips on either side.

Measure the wall from floor to ceiling and if it’s less than 2430 mm, trim the sheet to ft with a 20 mm gap above and 10mm below, so the split battens engage smoothly.

Tip. The battens are thick enough for the panels to rest against the skirting.

Cut the beadingStep 1 Cut the beading. Use a mitresaw or mitre box and handsaw to cut the horizontal and vertical strips of beading to length with perfectly square ends.

Tip. Equally space the vertical strips.

Secure the stripsStep 2 Secure the strips. Attach the beading at the top and base edge of the ply then at 475 mm centres, tapping tight fits into position.

Tip. Cut a scrap of ply to 445 mm to use as a spacer between the horizontals.

Paint the panelStep 3 Paint the panel. Apply a primer and two coats of low sheen interior acrylic to the coffered panels using a brush for the beading and to cut in the panels, and a small roller on the plywood.


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