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VJ panel wall ledge headboard

TheRenoDad
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VJ panel wall ledge headboard

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Simple to build and made with materials all sourced from my local Bunnings.

 

See below for the before photo of this project and keep reading to find out how you can achieve this result for a surprisingly low cost.

 

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I'm going to walk you through step by step from the start to finish of this DIY project.

 

First, I wanted a deeper ledge so I needed to decide which size top to use.

 

You will want to decide this depth before building your frame so that you know what size to make it.

 

I went with a 184 x 19mm 2.4m DAR Pine Premium for the ledge top.

 

Before I fully committed to this depth and timber type I tested it by holding it up against my paint colour in the room.

 

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Next step was to build the frame.

 

I wanted a 5mm lip on the underneath of the ledge between the top of the ledge and the panel.

 

So I subtracted the the 9mm for the panel + the 5mm lip from the 184mm of the ledge.

 

That tells me that I need to build the frame at 170mm depth from the wall in order to achieve that look.

 

I used 70 x 35mm Framing MGP10 H2 Blue Pine for the frame.

 

Overview: I built 2 x flat facing wall frames and then joined them together at the 170mm depth.

 

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I started by building the first frame on the floor to make it easier to nail in the studs.

 

I nailed my frame together using my favourite tool the Paslode FrameMaster Nail Gun 

 

Now thats a fun tool! I nailed it with Paslode 75 x 3.06mm Bright D Head Framing Nail 

 

I spaced out the studs according to the VJ panel specifications.

 

You can find the installation guide / videos / specs here Easy Craft VJ Guide 

 

The studs need to have a 600mm centre because the panels are 1200mm wide.

 

So you want to make sure your panel is supported with a stud behind it, on the end, the middle and the join.

 

The best way to check is to cut a piece of timber at 1200mm wide and lay it across your studs between your pencil marks.

 

Now in regards to height. I made my wall extra high at 1200mm and built the frame to suit.

 

If you want to achieve this, you will need to get the Easycraft 2400 x 1200mm 9mm Lining Panel sheets and then cut them in half at 1200mm.

 

This is what the two frames looked like against the wall before adding the block spacers and noggins.

 

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You can see how I tested my timber piece by placing it on the ledge top to check I was on the right track with the frame.

 

I also had a scrap piece of VJ panel which I checked on the front to ensure I would achieve the 5mm lip.

 

Next I cut my blocks at the depth that I wanted my frame to be which was 170mm.

 

I then nailed the blocks in on the top and bottom to join the two frames and maintain the correct depth as below.

 

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I then added in the noggins as per the recommended 450mm height/distance.

 

With noggins its best to offset them so that you can still nail from the other side.

 

The noggin is a horizontal timber between the studs to support the space behind the panel.

 

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Extra tip: Before bolting my frame to the wall I removed my flooring around it, so that the frame would sit on the concrete. You can skip removing the flooring if you want the project to be easier.

 

I bolted my frame to the wall using the easy Ramset AnkaScrews 

 

You can also see how I nailed a stud in that would sit flat against the wall, one on either side and one in the middle. This was to allow for a point where I can put my fixings from the frame, through to the wall.

 

Next step was to add the Easycraft 2400 x 1200mm 9mm Lining Panel 

 

As mentioned, I cut mine in half at 1200mm in order to achieve a higher ledge.

 

If you want to skip that step to, you can go with the Easycraft 900 x 1200mm height panels  which are 900mm high already.

 

Or if you want to step it up you can use the new 2400 x 1200mm 12mm Primed Scallop Profile which would look amazing.

 

When installing the panels I went from left to right and started with a full panel. Some instructions will tell you to find a centre first so that both your ends are even.

 

I personally don't think it's worth the effort, as the end thats cut is not something you notice in the long run.

 

I applied Acryclic Stud Adhesive on the studs as per the specifications to help the panels stick on.

 

I then nailed the panels on with a brad nail gun. I didn't put too many nails in because I knew I had to patch the holes before painting.

 

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Extra tip: When attaching the panels, I made sure the top was completely flush to ensure I would get a nice clean edge under where the ledge and panel meet. I also used the factory cut edge at the top to make sure I had the cleanest line.

 

After the panels are attached you can then fill in the nail holes. I used Selleys Spakfilla because its easy to work with, fast drying and nice to sand.

 

You then need to fill your joins between the panels and where it meets the walls with gap filler, Selleys No More Gaps is my go to. I like to check my products and support Australian companies whenever possible.

 

Now its time to paint!

 

I painted my panel and the wall behind it before putting my timber top on to get those nice crisp lines.

 

You can see below that the top hasn't been installed yet, keep scrolling to see the result of installing it after painting.

 

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The result:

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Now with the top, I had a long distance to cover at 3900mm wide.

 

Dressed timber in the 184mm does not reach that distance. So I purchased one of the longest lengths and then a shorter one to make the difference. I cut a 35 degree angle on the flat face of both pieces to make the join and it worked out well.

 

I simply adhered the top on using Selleys Liquid Nails and put some weights on top while it dried.

 

For an extra precaution I also put some Gorilla Wood Glue on the join to ensure it didn't seperate over time.

 

I didn't want to nail or screw the top because I wanted that extra clean look. Its holding up well and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

 

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Feel free to reach out, If you have any questions or want help with this project.

 

You can also find me at https://www.instagram.com/therenodad/

 

And @therenodad on all other socials.

 

Luke | @TheRenoDad 

 

TheRenoDad
Established Contributor

Re: VJ Panel Wall Ledge Headboard

Hi Graeme, ( @Noyade )

 

The flooring is actually a loose lay 5mm vinyl plank which made it very easy to remove.

 

They are my go to flooring for DIY application.


I was also able to sit the headboard on top of them and mark the cut line with a pencil.

 

I then cut them with my drop saw at the end and relayed them as below.

 

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Cheers,

Luke | @TheRenoDad 

KatieC
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Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi @TheRenoDad,

 

Wow! What a stunning feature wall headboard you have created. Thank you for taking the time and going into detail about how you created this project. I love all colours you were considering, what is the colour called that you chose? Great stuff. 

 

Katie

 

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TheRenoDad
Established Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi @KatieC 

 

Thanks so much! Happy to share with others if it helps them on their DIY journey.

 

We went with Dulux - Thicket. We love the colour as it captures light in certain way that it looks different depending on the time of day and angle.

 

I normally choose 3 colours to test, paint large patches and then decide from there, otherwise the sampling never ends!

 

Luke | @TheRenoDad 

KatieC
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Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi @TheRenoDad,

 

Thicket is such a nice colour! Great tips for choosing paint as well as your top timber panel. 

 

I was so taken back by your headboard and paint job I forgot to ask about your pendants. Are your lights done with remote LED pucks or are they hardwired? 

 

Katie

 

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TheRenoDad
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Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hey @KatieC 

 

The pendant lights will be hard wired and ideally I would like to make them smart lights to control colour and dimming from my phone.

 

However its hard to find smart light gloves that are small enough to not protrude from the bottom of the pendant.

 

For now I will install some small low light led globes.

 

Thanks for your interest!

Luke | @TheRenoDad

TheRenoDad
Established Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Thanks for sharing this to the Workshop Community Instagram!

 

Luke | @TheRenoDad

houseonhockhill
Junior Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi Luke, 

 

Thanks so much for sharing this and giving such a detailed insight to the process. The end result is beautiful! I feel like I could easily replicate this in my own bedroom now. Very well done. 👏 👏

TheRenoDad
Established Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi Lauren @houseonhockhill 

 

Thanks so much!

 

And thanks for taking the time to check it out..

 

Let me know if you decide to tackle this project and share the results! 😁

 

Luke | @TheRenoDad 

Caron
Experienced Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Great instructions, thanks for the tips!

TheRenoDad
Established Contributor

Re: VJ panel wall ledge headboard

Hi @Caron 

 

No worries! Thanks for reading 😁

 

Luke | @TheRenoDad

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