Dreamwall – showroom display installation, step by step

Never heard of Dreamwall? Check out their website here Dreamwall or their Facebook page Hannah Coleman. They are the UK’s leading specialist in imitation brick, slate and stone wall coverings that actually look and feel like the real thing once installed!

Dreamwall claim that all panels have been designed for easy DIY application and can be used in both commercial and domestic projects.

We decided to titivate an area of one of our showroom kitchens diplays with          PR-371 Premier White panel.

Firstly we had to remove the glass from the front of the bamboo display ( quite a tense moment!) and then remove the bamboo.

Next we checked the angle of the unit to the left of the display as the panels will fit right up to it. We marked off any excess and took the panel outside to cut. Measure the area you’re fitting it to and mark any cut outs etc.


We tried trimming it with a jigsaw first but found this spelched the corners off a bit. A grinder gave a much cleaner cut and was more controllable over the uneven surface. (Always wear goggles when using a grinder and dont precariously balance on a wall to do it either!)






We screwed the panels to the wall (which was chipboard not plasterboard) using the screws shown below.

We screwed into the ‘in’ parts of the stone effect rather than the ‘out’ bits.

Repeat the measuring and trimming process for the rest of the panels required for the area you are covering and continue screwing them to the wall. We chose to offset the full panels so as to avoid a long, (and perhaps more noticeable) continuous joint.

Now for the fun part! Dreamwall panels come with a colour coded filler and paint for you to fill the joints with and paint over for a perfect, seamless look.

The filler is inserted into the joint and then smoothed down. We used a spreader tool as well as our fingers! Remember to put filler over the screw heads and any area where the covering has come away during trimming.

Once you have smoothed the filler down a bit you have to make it look more realistic and more like the rest of the panel. We used a paintbrush to blend the filler and add a bit of texture as well as a knife to put some vertical and horizontal lines/spaces back into the filler to match the rest of the slate effect.

All in all it took just over an hour and half to install and we used 4 and a half panels to cover the area in our showroom. We didn’t use the paint in the end as the finish once the filler was completely dry was that good. We agree with Dreamwall’s claim that it has been designed for easy DIY application and was relatively easy to install. This was our first attempt but we’re already planning where to put some of their Aples Slate Grey panels in our showroom.

Below is a picture of the wall finished (though still a little wet) and the equipment we used.


For a finishing touch we added blue slate chippings (bought from a local builders merchants) before putting the glass back in place. This product is cheaper, much lighter and easier to install than real brick, slate or stone but creates a fabulous and very realistic effect.


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Finally, another blog post!

“The blog…….the blog……you need to write something for the blog”

A voice, repeatedly saying that phrase has haunted me for over a year! Up until now it has been silenced with the answer “tomorrow…..tomorrow……I’ll write something tomorrow”

Of course tomorrow never came, until today!

‘What have I been afraid of?’ you may be asking………I’m not entirely sure of the answer to that question.

I’ve been afraid of not being able to think of anything to write and that has been true on a couple of occasions! I started to put pen to paper but that just led to putting paper in the bin! What can I say about kitchens and bathrooms? Nothing it appears! I just went blank.

I’m afraid that no-one will find it interesting. I kept thinking ‘who wants to read what little old me or rather ‘we’ have to say?’

I’ve been afraid of making grammatical errors. Yes, I know the difference between there, their and they’re and I know when to use them. I went to a good school, I learned to read and write and have been doing so for many years, so it can’t be that I’m truly afraid of.

What is it?

I think the real reason I have shied away from starting our blog (the first post was very kindly created by our web designer!) is the fear of being judged, perhaps even mocked for something I’d written.

Then a couple of days ago I realised a few things.

Firstly, millions of people aren’t going to be reading a blog about a family run kitchen and bathroom studio in Yorkshire! Its also highly doubtful that one of the handful (great trees from little acorns grow!) of people who will read this blog is Stephen Fry so I need to get over my fear of perhaps writing something not entirely grammatically correct…..that could be one of those sentences?!


So, fear now faced…….this is my first blog post for John Longley Kitchens & Bathrooms!


Phew, that wasn’t so bad after all. So much so that I am currently writing my second post which is about a recent Dreamwall installation we have done in our showroom.


Hopefully, now I’ve faced my fear and my creative juices are flowing, I will find plenty of things to blog about and keep you interested as well as inspire you when it comes to your homes and interiors.


Thank you for reading

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New kitchen installations on our website

We have added a host of new photographs to our website which show recently completed kitchens in a variety of spaces, large and small. Why not take a look HERE

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Never been a better time to own a SieMatic kitchen!

The John Longley Kitchen Design sale starts in December 2012 making this Christmas an ideal time to plan and order your next kitchen. Why not call in to our showroom and witness for yourself the ingenuity and unrivaled quality that goes in to making SieMatic one of the leading high-specification, exceptional quality kitchens on the market.

In addition we currently have two ex-display kitchens for sale comprising units, worktops, basin and appliances. Further details on request. Contact us through the website or via our Facebook page.

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