Transforming wall in art studio

Transforming wall in art studio

Posted by Lucy on May 21st 2017

using wall panels for art wall

I was recently offered the opportunity to review CSI wall panels and they provided me with a box of their unique textured wall tiles for the purpose of this review. I was excited to use them because they are eco friendly, have an A+ rating on VOC emissions and are paintable and lightweight. Sounds perfect!


art studio wall makeover

I had recently been mulling over solutions to better photograph my pieces in my art studio when listing them for sale or sharing on social media. This new botanical mosaic is an example and these textured panels sounded like the ideal solution.

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.

how to cover nail holes in wall diy

See what I mean? I can edit them out in photos but it really doesn't look pretty or professional in Youtube videos.

textured mdf wall panels box

I chose a textured basketweave design. There are 10 panels per box. They are a little over 19" x 19" and made of MDF wood fiber. Just a few millimeters thick on flat areas and up to 1/2" on dimensional areas.

mdf thin textured wall panels

They are very thin and lightweight.

spray primer for textured wall panels

As shown above, they come in the natural MDF color so I started by priming with Rustoleum spray primer in white.

painting textured wall panels before installation

I decided to go with neutral white in semi gloss and rolled on a couple of coats after the primer dried.

diy installing textured wall panels csi

To install the panels, simply draw out level lines vertically and horizontally. I'm only using 9 of the 10 panels to create a background of 3 panels across and 3 panels tall which is just about a 5 foot square on my wall.

construction adhesive

You can use any construction adhesive to attach the panels to the wall. We started with Loctite adhesive but switched to Liquid Nails because it seemed to set up more quickly.

basketweave wall design

Of course you can create an entire textured wall with these panels as shown here or use to define a focal area.        They have lots of different designs to choose from.

textured mdf wall panels

This painted square is a great solution for me and I can easily hide nail holes and touch up with paint if needed. If I were applying this as a focal area inside the home, I would frame the entire piece in wood molding for a more finished look but in this case, the edges won't be seen.

spray painted nails to disguise them

In a home setting you will want to use the Command type adhesive/hooks instead of drilling a hole for hanging items.

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!

csi wall panels textured wall panels

The textured design looks great.

crab mosaic on textured wall

I tested it out by hanging my latest crab mosaic.

csi wall panels on gallery wall

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!