Fancy a period or country look in your home? Panelling is a great way to create a feature and to cover up uneven, patchy walls. First, make sure the plaster you're covering isn't blown (coming away from the walls) – if it is, you'll need to replaster. Another no-no is damp walls – panelling fixed to these will eventually rot, so find the cause of the damp and treat it. Otherwise, wood panelling can be used in any room in your home (waterproof it properly if you plan to put it in the bathroom). Here's what you'll need to get the job done:

*Tape measure and ruler 
*Wooden battens  
*Masonry and wood bits
*Cable and pipe detector  
*Spirit level  
*Rawlplugs and screws to fix the battens
*Metal clips or panel pins  
*Pin hammer  
*Fine pin punch  
*Wood filler  
*Craft knife
*Handsaw or jigsaw  
*Grip-and-grab adhesive  
*Wooden beading  
*Skirting board


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