How to Install Wood Fretwork Wall Panels

Step 1 : Prime and Paint

Prime and paint wood fretwork before installing or use quality stain for wood species other than MDF. Touch up paint or stain as needed after installation.

Step 2 : Clean to Clear debris

Smooth installation surface with sandpaper by removing excessive bumps or texture. Wipe wall clean to clear debris.

Step 3 : Mark the installation

We recommend laying out the desired layout before installation. Mark the installation points using a chalk line or straight edge and level.

A: For single panels, start at either the top or bottom corner at the edge of the wall and work towards the opposite corner.

B : For 2-piece panel sets start at the center and work out.


Step 4 : Apply Adhesive

Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the panel and secure with small brad nails. (Follow adhesive manufacturer’s instructions for proper application.)

A : Install panels side by side.

B : OR for a different look leave a gap between each panel.

Safety Instructions

  • Make sure to use the correct tools recommended
  • Wear proper protective gear.
  • Follow fixture, power tools, paint manufacturers’ instructions, and users manuals.
  • Use common sense and follow good construction practices.

Tools & Materials Checklist

  • Standard power grab adhesive
  • Circular Saw or Table Saw
  • Paint or quality wood stain
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Power drill or hammer
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Small brad nails
  • Chalk line and measuring tape

Special Instructiona and Notes

  • It is highly recommended that you paint or stain the panels before installation.
  • It is recommended for finishing to use quality paint for MDF panels and stain for all other wood species.
  • Make sure the surface and the back of the panel are completely dry before installation.
  • Before installing, acclimate the wood panels in the room where you will be installing them.
  • In most applications you will have to trim some panels. Cut them with a standard table saw or power tool. Sand cut edge to remove debris.
  • Depending on your installation method, use standard power grip adhesive and small brad nails.


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