May 2, 2017

Art studio dimensional wall panels for photography DIY makeover

using wall panels for art wall
Dimensional wall panels makeover.

art studio wall makeover
I had recently been mulling over solutions to better photograph and video
my pieces like this botanical mosaic instead of on my plain painted wall.

In my home studio, I already have a good sized wall space with two windows
opposite for great natural light but hanging different sized art pieces to 
video and photograph has left a messy wall with lots of different nails, 
hooks and smudges... not cool, I needed a better solution.

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 decided to try these textured, thin, dimensional panels to make-over the area
of the wall for photographing. These are widely available online and I chose 
a textured basketweave design call "Caro". This design came with 10 panels 
per box. The panels are approximately 20" x 20" and made of MDF wood fiber.

mdf thin textured wall panels
They are very thin and lightweight.

spray primer for textured wall panels
As shown in above pic, they came 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
To install, we drew out a level line vertically and horizontally and marked lightly
with a pencil. I'm only using 9 of the 10 panels to create a 
background of a large square on my wall, 3 panels across and 3 panels tall.

Of course you can create an entire wall or just a focal area with these panels
which would look amazing, but for my purposes, I'm going with a 
large square.

textured mdf wall panels
To apply to the wall, you apply construction adhesive to the backs and 
press into place. Since you started with a level line, it all goes pretty quickly
as you butt them up next to each other. We used Liquid Nails to apply ours.

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
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 mosaics and the best more 
nail holes and smudges.

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  1. beautiful home decor ideas i love it its really cool

  2. That's an amazing transformation for photographing your mosaics! Beautiful work all around!!!


I've moved to to focus on my mosaic art. I'm no longer creating dragonflies or mermaids.

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