Dimensional wall panels review from CSI Wall Panels, Art studio wall treatment DIY

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.

If you are not familiar with CSI their website states
"CSI Wall Panels is a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of
 decorative wall panels offering solutions for an impactful and rich outcome 
to the space that tells your story on the walls."

I was excited to use them because they are eco friendly,
have an A+ rating on VOC emissions, are paintable and lightweight.
Sounds perfect.

art studio wall makeover
My art studio is at home where we have converted the garage into 
my work space. I had been mulling over solutions to better photograph
my pieces and this 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, 
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 my Youtube videos.

textured mdf wall panels box
I chose the textured basketweave design and received 10 panels 
in the box. The panels are 19.68" x 19.68" and made of MDF wood fiber.
3mm 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 in above pic, 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.

diy installing textured wall panels csi
You simply draw out level lines vertically and horizontally to 
start placing the panels. 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 place the panels on the wall.
We started with this Loctite construction adhesive but then went with
Liquid Nails because it seemed to hold and set up more quickly.

basketweave wall design
Of course you can create an entire textured wall with these panels
that would look amazing, they have a lot of different designs.

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 a focal area like this in the home, I would
probably frame the entire piece in wood for a finished look but
in this case, the edges won't be seen.

spray painted nails to disguise them
If you were placing these in your home and needed to hang something
on the panels, you would probably want to use the Command type removeable
adhesive/hooks instead of drilling a hole.
For my wall, I intend on placing the majority of my nails in the 
middle seam to camouflage holes. I spray painted a few nails white so 
that if any happened to be captured in a video, they won't be noticeable.

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 my pieces and the best part...no more 
nail holes and smudges.

Oh, and great news! 
It's still under construction but I am in the process of creating a stand alone 
website at LucyDesignsArt.com. I will post when everything is up 
and running but I'm super excited about the change :)

For now, you can still find me in my Etsy shop, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

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