Dimensional wall panels makeover.
I had recently been mulling over solutions to better photograph and video my pieces like this botanical mosaic in my art studio instead of on the plain painted wall.
I already have a good sized wall space with two windows opposite for great natural light but as you can see, hanging different sized art pieces to video and photograph has left a messy wall with lots of different nails, nail holes, hooks and smudges... not cool.
See what I mean? I can edit them out in photos but it really doesn't look pretty or professional, especially in my Youtube videos.
I decided to make a large square on the wall using these thin, dimensional panels. They are widely available online and I chose a basketweave design called "Caro". This design includes 10 panels per box. They are right at 20" x 20" and made of MDF wood fiber.
They are very thin and lightweight.
As shown above, they come in the natural MDF color so I started by priming with Rustoleum spray primer in white.
I decided to go with neutral white in semi gloss and rolled on a couple of coats after the primer dried.
To install the panels, we drew out a level line vertically and horizontally and marked with a pencil. I'm only using 9 of the 10 panels to create a large square of 3 x 3 panels which equals about a 5 foot square on my wall.
To attach the panels, you apply construction adhesive to the backs and press into place. Starting with a level line makes it super simple to butt the pieces next to each other. We used Liquid Nails to apply our panels.
If I were installing inside the home as a focal point, I would probably frame the entire piece in wood for a finished look but in my case, the edges won't be seen.
For my wall, I intend on placing the majority of my nails in the middle seam so the holes will be camouflaged. I spray painted a few nails with Rustoleum white so that if any happen to be captured in a video, they won't be noticeable. Rustoleum is not paying me to use or mention their products, I just happen to love them and think they are the best!
The textured design looks great.
I tested it out by hanging my latest crab mosaic.
I'm so happy with the look. It's clean, yet interesting and unobtrusive for photographing and the best part...no more nail holes and smudges.
Thanks for reading!