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.
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.
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.