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How to: Wall Theory

We get it. Home renovation can be complicated, overwhelming, and intimidating.

Thankfully, these are all things Wall Theory is not. In fact, you can easily transform your entire room in just a few days and less than $700 tops.

Before you start...

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First, make sure before all things, that you’re following your local Building Codes. Most of our products are intended for interior use unless otherwise specified.

Secondly, try to match all the production dates for each of your panels. Most of them should match up anyways but it’s possible there might be a panel that is very slightly off-colour from a previous bath. 

Finally, you’ll need to grab a few household items (and maybe some from your toolbox) to help you out. Here’s what you need:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Ear plugs
  • Measuring tape
  • Dust mask
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Drywall saw
  • 10 oz Caulking gun
  • Utility knife

Steps to make magic

Now that you’ve checked for all the basics, let’s get you started. NOTE: These instructions are for drywall surfaces. If you’re applying Wall Theory panels on concrete or brick, please check our How To: Wall Theory on Brick and Concrete blog.

Step One:
Lay out all your panels and figure out how exactly you want to put them up on your wall. Turn them over and mark out your measurements on the backside. Make sure you use your measuring tape and ruler for accurate measurements and drawing out straight cutting lines.

Step Two:
Time to use that table saw like the DIY master you are! The panels are most easily cut from the back so keep them flipped over. To cut outlets and fixture holes, use a high-speed drill or a hole-saw. To trim up cuts or make very precise cuts, use a utility knife or a drywall saw. 

For use on more complicated areas like outside or inside corners, check the installation details that come with your panels for a suggestion on mitering or butting.  

Step Three:
Now that you’ve got the panels in all the appropriate pieces, it’s time to get them up on your wall.

You can use one of 3 methods to attach the panels:

  1. 2” Drywall screws (recommended)
    Apply your screws into the top and side shiplaps every 8 inches or so. You may also need to apply screws into the 4 face circles. If the top or side has been cut off, you may need to directly apply all the screws into the 4 face circles. 

    You can cover the screws with paintable caulking that’s available with the matching urbanCONCRETE Paint Kit. 

  2. Brad nails
    Drive the nails into inconspicuous spots on the panels (like existing indents, the face circles, or the top/side shiplaps). Note that although this is faster installation method, it might not hold as well. Try using adhesive in conjunction with brad nails!
  1. Adhesive (or Silicone) 
    This option is fairly straightforward. Opt for high tack Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive, Make sure all surfaces of the panels are clean, dry, and free of oil or loose material. 

    We recommend scuffing up or roughening the back of the panels prior to adding adhesive. Use a file, rasp or sandpaper!

Step Four:
Step back, relax and admire your work. Congratulations! You’ve transformed your room!

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