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Build a backlit wallpaper panel

Give your dining room a chic and modern revamping!

Here we show you how to make a backlit wall panel and turn them into backlit decoratives that will jazz up any space! Delightful backlit wall panels could turn a basic dining room into your friends' favourite restaurant!

WHAT YOU NEED

MATERIALS

Construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For All), Wallpaper adhesive (e.g. Solvite So Easy), Solid board, 2 long pine slats, 2 short pine slats, Wallpaper, LED lights, Paint

TOOLS

Jigsaw, Pressing roller, Metal ruler, Cartridge gun, Brush, Sandpaper, Masking tape, A cointainer, Safety gloves, Pencil, Cloth

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Get the Materials

You will need a construction adhesive (e.g Pattex One For All), wallpaper adhesive (e.g. Solvite So Easy), a solid MDF board (thickness approximately 4mm), 2 long pine wood slats, 2 short pine wood slats, a large piece of wallpaper, a pressing roller or brush (to remove air bubbles), a roll of battery-powered LED lights, a metal ruler, a cloth, a pencil, paint, a brush, sandpaper, a jigsaw, masking tape, a container, a cartridge gun and a pair of safety gloves. It may sound like a lot, but the final product is sure to boast the work you put into it!

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STEP 1

Preparation of the wall

Please ensure that the wall you will be sticking the backlit wallpaper panel to is rigid enough and free of any dust, grease and loose materials.

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STEP 2

Cut the MDF board

With a ruler and pencil, mark the size of your desired panel. Using a jigsaw and security gloves, cut from the back side (rough side) of the MDF. 

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STEP 3

Cut the pine wood slats

Create a frame from the pine wood slats, ensureing that it's 5cm smaller (all around) than the MDF plate you have already cut. After cutting, clean the slats in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

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STEP 4

Stick the pine wood slats onto the back side of the MDF

Apply a bead of construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For Alll) to the pine wood slats and stick the frame to the back of the MDF piece. Press firmly for full adhesion and let it dry for a minimum of 12 hours on a flat surface. Start planning your first dinner part in the mean time!

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Step 5

Apply the lights on the back of the MDF

After choosing your LED lights, fix them to the slats. For optimum efficienty, please follow the fixing instructions of the LED supplier. Almost there!

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step 6

Paint the panel

Using a pencil and ruler, draw out a 5cm border around the panel. Apply masking tape to delimit the area, and paint the border you've drawn for decoration. Wait until the paint is fully dry and  remove the masking tape - the sign of near completion!

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STEP 7

Apply the wallpaper paste

Cut the wallpaper to the size required, so that it fits inside the border you have created, and apply a wallpaper adhesive (e.g. Solvite So Easy) to the back. 

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STEP 8

Apply the wallpaper to the panel

Stick the wallpaper on to the MDF board, removing any bubbles with a pressing roller or brush. 

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STEP 9

Install the panel onto the wall

Apply beads of construction adhesive (e.g UniBond One For All) to the slats, then press firmly against the wall and twist slightly for full adhesion. 

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STEP 10

It's done!

Turn the LED lights on and invite your friends over to admire your personal piece of art! This piece is unlike any other and speaks for itself! After learning how to make a backlit wall panel, add a seating next to it with a sofa made of pallets and you're friends won't ever want to leave your place!

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