DIY specialist and professional furniture maker Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries is here to show you how to jazz up any room with a stunning timber feature wall you can build yourself.
‘I built this lovely timber feature wall using Porta Timber half dowel in Tasmanian oak and finished it with Monocel Clear Timber Varnish to enhance the woodgrain and protect it from everyday wear,’ says Natasha Dickins of Little Red Industries.
‘To do this room makeover I followed my tried and true three-part DIY plan to design the reno,’ Natasha says.
- REMOVE THE MOST DISFUNCIONAL FACTOR
Changing the door to a sliding one increases floorspace.
- ADD A PRACTICAL BUT MODERN ELEMENT
Cladding the new door cavity creates a lovely new feature wall.
- IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE
Designing built-in shelving creates storage and a display area.
STEP 1 Remove the door and the door trim and have an electrician move any switches or power points.
STEP 2 Prep any parts of the wall that will be visible by filling dents with fast-drying crack filler, then paint using a roller to apply at least two coats.
STEP 3 Use an easy-assemble sliding door cavity such as the Hume Door Evolution cavity system and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install.
STEP 4 Build a pine frame around the cavity, with supports along the top for the feature wall, then clad the cavity and framing in 12mm-thick plywood.
STEP 5 Cut Porta Timber 30mm half dowel to fit over the cladding, dry-fit to ensure it fits then secure using Bondcrete adhesive and a nail gun.
STEP 6 Build a recessed shelf next to the new wall, using pine the same width as the cavity, securing to wall studs. To prevent bowing, add lengths of 22mm dowel, sealing in Monocel Clear Timber Varnish before installing.
STEP 7 Use painted 12mm Porta quad moulding to frame along the top and sides of the feature wall, cutting the ends at the same angle as the ceiling so it fits neatly, securing with Bondcrete and a nail gun.
STEP 8 Lightly sand the wall with 180-grit abrasive paper then coated all the raw timber in Monocel Clear Varnish using a mini roller with microfibre cover.
‘If you’re building with raw timber, whether it’s ply or hardwood, always take the time to finish it with a good sealer like Monocel Clear Timber Varnish, using a brush or mini roller,’ says Natasha from @littleredindustries of the #myroomreno she did completely DIY, including the desk and indoor planter.
This striking timber feature wall was designed by Natasha at @littleredindustries to clad a new sliding door cavity and create a new home office, securing Porta Timber dowel to the wall using Bondcrete adhesive and finishing in Monocel Clear Timber Varnish.
There you have it! A simple way to add style and interest to any room.
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