The DIY panel wall made all the difference in this living room makeover by Yuni Min of Love Your Abode. She how she and her husband installed the paneling… and how beautifully the makeover turned out.
Chic Family Room Makeover with DIY Panel Wall
Here is what our living room used to look like. This is one of the few rooms we haven’t touched since moving into our home almost five years ago.
As a family of five, we spend a good chunk of time in the living room. I had a vision to go bold and dramatic while keeping it simple and fresh. I got rid of the gallery wall and wanted to create a more streamlined look without the clutter.
Here’s the after!
We love it so much! Here are the changes we made:
- We added paneling to the wall and painted it using Behr paint.
- The cheap builder grade fan was switched out with a beautiful rustic fan from Hunter.
- The mantle was painted the same color as the dark paneled wall using the same Behr paint.
- We got rid of the original paint color on the rest of the walls and color matched the trim with Behr paint to get the whitest color possible. The original color of the trim from the builder was Antique White by Porter Paint. The Home Depot paint department can pretty much color match any color as long as you have the name.
DIY Instructions for the Panel Wall
- Ryobi 10 inch miter saw
- Ryobi 18 volt brad nailer
- 2 inch brad nails
- Wood Filler
- Sand Paper
- Behr paint and paint supplies
Installing the Trim
I wanted to create a board and batten look on the main TV wall.
The large TV wasn’t going anywhere and it was such an eye sore to look at. To create this wall, I first designed the look by drawing it on paper. My husband, Jimmy, helped to execute my design. He’s such a good sport and doing these DIY projects together has become a fun hobby for us.
We used 4 x 1 primed MDF rectangular trim to create the board and batten look. An important approach is to go to your local Home Depot store, and choose the board you want to buy so you can get the true measurement before doing any of the calculations. For example, our 4 x 1 boards were actually 3½ inches wide. Jimmy started with the horizontal pieces and then moved to the vertical.
Each trim measures 8 ft long and we utilized a Ryobi 10 inch miter saw to cut them down to size. Jimmy marked the walls where the boards would be mounted.
We used a Ryobi 18 volt brad nailer to mount the trim against the wall. Can I just say how awesome this brad nailer is? This tool is one that will be handy for many projects to come. One helpful tip when using the brad nailer is to push all the way in so that the head of the nail goes below the surface of the board.
When the trim is all mounted, use wood filler to fill in all of the gaps as well as any nail holes. After the wood filler is cured, sand down until the surface is smooth.
Then, it’s ready to paint!
While Jimmy was working on the paneling, my mom came over to help me paint. Isn’t she cute?
I wanted the whitest white possible, so I matched the existing trim and painted the walls using Behr paint in an eggshell sheen. Painting over the yellowish beige walls made a huge difference in brightening and updating our space.
The paneled wall took two coats of paint and even my sweet neighbor, Jennifer came over to help! Surprisingly, this entire project took only three nights to complete.
The paneled wall is strikingly bold and I love the added dimension it adds to the space. It somehow managed to minimize the monstrosity that is the TV. If my sweet husband can help me execute all of my crazy design and DIY shenanigans, I guess I can at least let him have his ugly TV.
A New Ceiling Fan
Changing out your fan is an easy way to update the look in your room. I find it difficult to find good looking inexpensive options when choosing a fan but I was so happy to find this Hunter one I found online.
We moved some furniture and decor around instead of buying new items. Always shop your home first! We also moved the curtain rods up higher and out wider. This is a simple and easy way to make your windows appear larger.
The Completed Family Room Makeover
I love how the new wall allows our beautiful mid century media table to stand out. Before, it got lost in the crowd of the gallery wall and beige colored walls.
Heres’s a final before and after.
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