How to make lighted wall panels

Plain white walls, or even worse, ugly walls, are often something renters have to deal with. In this episode, you’ll see how to build decorative floating wall panels using inexpensive materials from the hardware store. They can be customized to fit any style or look using anything from paint and stencils to wallpaper or fabric and even incorporate decorative wall lighting with the use of rope lights. Not only will these floating wall panels add architectural detail to plain white box rental apartments, they will also provide just the right amount of mood lighting in the evening. It’s the perfect alternative to painting or using temporary wallpaper when you’re renting: it takes less time to do and you can take the wall panels with you when you move out!

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  1. hi.
    your idea is very very creativity and nice.
    Thank you!

  2. Nidhi

    Hi Isabelle,

    I wanted to know, where can I get wallpaper for this project? I wanted to add a bright color waller paper.


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  4. Khushnoor Adrianvala

    Hi Isabelle,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful website! I am attempting to merge two of your projects, in a way. I am covering the back of a book-case with a wall-papered board without the back-lighting.To do that, i will have to screw on the board to the sides of the book case with small screws. Can you think of anything I could do to conceal the screws? I was also thinking of using the paper to go all the way around and not use paint at all, since my sheet of wallpaper is 36″ wide. Do you think going the paint way will be a better option since i want to conceal the screws? Please help!

    • Isabelle

      I think if you countersink the screws and fill in the hole with wood putty, then you can either cover it the screw heads with paint or wallpaper. Otherwise the screw heads will show. Hope this makes sense! Isabelle

  5. Tuyen

    Oh golly Isabelle,

    I am moving into a very tiny apartment for graduate school in Nebraska with a roommate because that’s what poor graduate students can afford. But your ideas on how to maximize your apartment space with such amazing DIY ideas got me VERY excited to try literally almost everything out. It is comforting to know that if I hate my kitchen floor, that I can actually do something about it and don’t have to live with ugly floors it for an entire year.

    I tried out the pendant lamps and it turned out AMAZING! 🙂


    • Isabelle

      You’re very welcome!! And thank you so much for telling me your story – it’s so great to hear that by sharing my ideas, I’ve been able to inspire you to see the possibilities of your apartment, and not its limitations. That’s why I do what I do 🙂 I always love to see projects inspired by my ideas, so I hope you’ll share some pics of yours!

  6. Anh Dze

    Hi Isabelle,

    I stumble on your site via youtube and loving this as I am a renter. Would you do a video on the tools you think a person who is just starting to do DIY progjects should have. I would love to know where to get the tools? Drill bit that can make a hole? I can’t find it in my area. Lubbock, TX. Thank you.

    • Isabelle

      Thanks so much for your message – I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for more info on tools so I’ll definitely add that to this list of future videos. In the meantime to help get you started, take a look at this post I did a while back on the tools I use the most, above and beyond the standard hammer, screwdriver, and tape measurer: You can order all of these on Hope this helps!

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  8. shanthi

    hai isabelle, can we use a printed fabric instead of wallpaper on the tempered sheet??

  9. Charul

    Hi Isabelle,

    I just loved your idea and I am gonna try it with small multiple canvases to cover my entire waLL…but still thinking how do I hide the wire of lightS going from one canvas to another…Let me know if you have a suggestion

  10. Mistie Saravia

    Do you think RGB lighting will work for this?

    • Isabelle

      Of course! I’m thinking of doing another project with those lights. Send me pics of yours, would love to see it when it’s done!

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