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How to Use MDF Strips for Panelling

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If you’ve ever thought about adding decorative moulding to your walls, but didn’t know where to start, then this is the article for you. I’ll show you how to use medium-density fiberboard strips—a type of wood that’s easy to work with—to create a molding effect on your walls. 

Measure the walls you are planning to cover using the strips. You will need to take into account any angles, such as corners or walls at an angle. Cut the strips to the length of your walls and make sure they are long enough to cover the wall completely.

  • To cut your strips to the length of your wall, measure the length of the wall with a tape measure.
  • Cut all of your MDF panels to match this measurement, using a sharp saw or knife.

Attach the strips to your wall using a nail gun and a nail with a slight curve at the top of it.

You’ll need a nail gun and a nail with a slight curve at the top of it. These are available at any hardware store, or you can use an ordinary hammer and nails if they’re all you have on hand. Place the strips against the wall and hold them in place while using your hammer to drive in two nails per strip—one near each end, but not too close to either edge. This will keep them from sliding out of position as you work. Repeat until both sides are done and all four corners are secured firmly against one another.

The next step is connecting two adjacent MDF strips using another piece of wood (the thickness is up to you) that has been cut into equal lengths; this should fit between them perfectly without needing any additional trimming or cutting off excess length from either side. 

Prime and paint the strips to match you décor.

  • Prime the strips
  • Paint them with a good quality exterior paint (we used an eggshell finish) that you won’t mind having exposed to the elements. If your home has a concrete base, consider using an enamel-based paint because it will be more durable in such conditions. We used a professional sprayer to apply the paint evenly and quickly, but you could also use rollers or brushes for this step instead.

For large spaces we recommend using rollers rather than brushes because they’re faster and easier to clean up afterwards (and no one wants messy tools lying around). For smaller areas like corners or behind cabinets where there are small gaps between boards, we recommend switching to a fine brush so that no details get missed out on accidentally!


In the end, it is important to remember that the key to a great looking room is knowing how to use the right tools for each job. These strips are perfect for creating the illusion of moulding on walls because they are easy to install, inexpensive and versatile enough that you can paint them any colour you want. They also work well if you want something more traditional like oak panelling or mahogany panels instead of pine boards used as paneling in kitchens or bathrooms.