DIY Panelling

Hello there!

Now that we have lots of time in the house, what better way to fill your time than getting on with some DIY?! (Hubby’s round the country now regretting all those jobs they said they would do when they have some spare time!!!)  We are finally getting round to the bedroom makeover which is slowly coming together; I’ve had to scale down the plans a little due to not being out and about – which Ash is delighted with!

As with any room makeover in Rose Cottage I spend hours on Pinterest, pinning all the inspo and images I love.  Then I look for themes and ideas which reoccur and stick with those.  Panelling was something which kept coming up again and again.  I have already tackled some DIY panelling previously in the bathroom (you can see that here ) so was confident in giving it a go again myself.

Here’s a simple step by step guide on how I created one wall of panelling in our bedroom:

First, I measured the whole wall horizontally.  It was 338cm.

img_0786I then marked the wall at the height I wanted the panelling to be (I went for the panelling look which goes roughly 3/4 up the wall).  This was 140cm.


I decided I would like 6 panels across my wall so to work out the distance between each panel I divided the length of the wall by 6.  So 338 divided by 6 which equalled 56.


The wood I chose was 6mm thick MDF which I bought from B&Q.  They have a fab service instore where they cut a large MDF board into any length you would like!

To make my panelling I needed:

1 piece 338cm x 5cm (this was made up from 2 pieces)

5 pieces 140cm x 5cm

The total of this was £10.20! Total bargain don’t you think?!

I marked the wall the whole way along at 56cm intervals on the top of the skirting board and 140cm up the wall; This was to help me place the vertical strips as straight as possible.    I used no more nails to attach the strips of wood onto the wall – this was so simple to do, I didn’t need any help at all! So if I can do it, you can too!



Once I had attached all the vertical pieces of wood, I placed the horizontal pieces on top.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used some filler to cover the joins.



Then painted! As simple as that!



Honestly I cannot tell you how easy this is to do and it completely changes the room!  The cost and effort is so minimal! Id love to hear if you give it a go too!

Hope you enjoyed reading, as much as I enjoyed writing!



Creating a Plate Wall

Hello there!

If you’ve been following along with my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a massive Emma Bridgewater fan! As my collection grows, I’ve been trying to think of ideas to have as much as I can on display (much to the hubby’s delight!!).

My latest idea was to create a wall full of plates with some of my favourite pieces. I wanted to get them out of the back of my cupboard and onto display.

I started by sticking together some blank pages the size of the space I wanted to fill.

I then painted the wooden letters with some tester pots of paint. I picked the letters up from Hobbycraft and used a different style for each letter to create more of a feature.

I placed the letters and plates onto the blank page to create the pattern I wanted.

I drew round them all with a pencil.

I then stuck the page up onto the wall.

I used a screwdriver to mark the wall where each plate would go.

I took down the page, and put a wall plug, (it was plaster board) and a screw with washers into the holes marked. The washer was to give the hook on the back of my plate a little more to hold on to (and to settle my nerves!!!).

After lots of research these plate hangers from Amazon came out on top for reliability. I picked up a pack with a variety of sizes.

I then matched the size of the hanger to the plate size and following the instructions on the back to secure them.

Now the nervous part (!!!) … I started to hang the plates onto the screws with washers.

I attached the letters using ‘no more nails’.

And here’s the finished result! It really was as simple as that!

Hope you enjoyed reading, as much as I enjoyed writing!