PS Timber Shaker MDF Wall Panelling Kit Instructions 

Here’s a How To Guide on Installing the PS Timber Shaker Style MDF Wall Panelling Kit.

Shaker MDF Wall Panelling Kit

What Will I Need For Shaker Wall Panelling?

Before you begin your DIY wall panelling project, the must have items you will need are:

  • MDF Wall Panelling Kit
  • A spirit level
  • Heavy duty adhesive
  • Caulk
  • A Saw / Utility Knife
  • MDF Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush / fluffy roller & tray
  • Sandpaper/ electric sander
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Nails (optional)
  • Tape measure

Step 1 – Measure Your Walls

This step is super important, as soon as you have decided the type of wall panelling you want to install - measure the area you will be panelling. With this information you can then work out how many wall panelling kits you will need. Our Shaker Style mdf wall panelling kits come with 8 strips. The measurements of each mdf strip are 100mm W x 1200 L. Please keep in mind that you will need more than one wall panelling kit to cover a larger space. 

Measure the full width and height of the walls you plan to panel, don’t forget to consider any skirting boards, plug and light sockets and fitted furniture when you’re measuring up. Then double check your measurements to make sure the panels will fit. You can always increase or decrease the spacing between the strips to fit with your measurements. 

Step 2  – Fix Any Blemishes On Your Walls

Prior to fixing the panels to your wall - we really recommend giving them a once over and looking for things like lumps, bumps and dents. These blemishes can easily be remedied by yourself. You will just need to sand any lumps or bumps down so the wall is smooth. Small dents can be filled and sanded till smooth. Essentially you want the surface of the wall to be nice and flat so the wall panels are flush and the symmetry isn’t thrown off. It’s always great to paint the area white before you begin panelling - this way when you paint the panels and the wall in your desired shade - they’ll match. 

Step 3 – How To Attach Your Wall Panels To The Wall

The style of wall panelling kit you have chosen will decide how and where you place the panels on the wall. We recommend  starting from the middle of the wall and working your way out to ensure symmetry. 

Our MDF wall panelling kits come as uniform pre-cut strips of MDF, our Shaker Wall Panelling Kit  will need to be cut down to suit the surface area you are covering. The spacing between each strip is entirely up to you - please check that you have enough strips to achieve the shaker style with your planned spacing before you begin.

Shaker Wall Panelling Layout Guide

You will need to trim strips down to achieve the aesthetic you are aiming for, this can be done with - a table saw, circular saw, mitre saw, handsaw or a utility knife. Make sure you sand the edges of the cut strips to ensure they join smoothly. 

When applying wall panelling we advise starting from the middle point of the wall to ensure symmetry. It’s worth doing a test run beforehand to ensure you’re happy with the layout, you can also mark the areas with a pencil to use as a template. 

To attach your mdf strips to the wall we recommend using a strong heavy duty grab adhesive, for extra security you can use nails as well. Apply the grab adhesive in a zigzag motion to the back of the mdf strip and then press the panel firmly against the wall. Now leave it to dry. 

Fitting Wall Panel

Shaker wall panel installation
Fitting shaker wall panelling
Fitting shaker wall panels

Step 4  – Fill Any Gaps

Once your strips of mdf are completely dry and securely attached to your wall, we advise giving them a once over and checking for any gaps in the joins. You will need decorators caulk to fill these gaps, use it sparingly and you’ll be left with seamless joins. 

Step 5 – Prime & Paint Your Shaker MDF Wall Panels

It’s crucial that you prime your strips of mdf before you begin painting them. MDF is super porous - which means if you don’t prime them they will absorb the paint and large bubbles will gather on the surface area. Before you begin priming your wall panels, ensure they are securely fixed to the wall and the caulk in the joins is dry. We advise using 2-3 coats of primer with drying time in between and after, before you begin painting. 

As long as you prime your wall panels you can use any paint on them you wish. From emulsion to satinwood. But do read the instructions on the paint you plan on using beforehand to be on the safe side. You will probably need 2 coats of paint with sufficient drying time between each coat. We recommend using a fluffy roller on the wall panels for optimal coverage, you can cut in using a brush. Ensure you paint the area evenly to avoid any patchy spots. 

Voila! Your walls should now be adorned with shaker style wall panelling - we love to see your panelling projects so please do send them in to for a feature on the website and our social media channels.


Shaker Style Wall Panelling

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