There comes a time in some renovations, where you have to accept certain jobs won’t be done quite as soon as you’d have liked. Our conservatory being one of those! Whilst the orangery of dreams wasn’t going to happen this year (with our money going into our wedding) I decided to give the room a makeover, without spending too much for when we eventually (hopefully!!) make the changes we (mainly I) would love; if we don’t decide to move. 


Then to give the room a cosier look and add warmth I decided to panel the walls. As this can often be very costly when hiring a carpenter, I decided to attempt this myself. If this is something you would like to do, please find a step by step how to below.

Time: It is hard to know as I just did this on evenings and the odd hour on a weekend when I had a chance. It will also vary depending on the size of the room.
Cost: For all the MDF, Polyfilla and glue this cost approx £120.

Panelling Step by step guide:
Measuring: I began by measuring the wall and working out the width I wanted the strips and the gaps between.
Cutting the Strips: Once measured I bought sheets of MDF from B&Q (where you can get your first 20 strips for free.
Tip: I made sure the bottom sections of the panelling were cut deeper, in width to give me somewhere to stick the skirting too.
Attaching the MDF to the wall: Once all the MDF was cut, I then stuck these to the wall, using super bond adhesive and to ensure these were secure I used panel pins. From there, I used a nail puncher to ensure the panel pins weren’t protruding and the hole could be filled and sanded down after. As an amateur, I used decorators caulk to fill along the edge of the MDF.
Filing and Sanding: To ensure all pin holes were flush I used Polycell Quick Drying Polyfilla. Once dry I sanded all the surfaces.
Priming: I began by using MDF primer.
Painting: I used Little Greene Eggshell in ‘Slaked Lime’ as my final coat.





We got our table from Hue Interiors, which is a national company, but they’re local to us and designed and made us a bespoke table, which we couldn’t be happier with.

The dining chairs I got from a local interior shop, but google wishbone wooden chairs if you would like something like these. Lastly our bench from John Lewis (it has now sold out, but I have linked a similar one I love).





The existing concrete flooring was not only out of date but extremely cold. Due to the fact, we had very little depth to play with (to ensure the doors could still open) and we’re still deciding whether to knock the conservatory down, to create an orangery eventually, or leave until we move, therefore we chose a vinyl. Vinyl which was also an extremely cost-effective option. It is advised to use an underlay when laying this, but due to the fact we had little depth, we had to lay this without, but I would recommend using underlay. 

Time: Doing this project on a budget we laid this ourselves, after watching a YouTube video, this only took half a day to do in a room which is 5M x4M.
Cost: Supplier: I bought this from Online Carpets – which was extremely good value, at only £9.99 per sqm and we love it.



As the main things I didn’t like about the conservatory, was all the white uPVC, therefore,  I began by painting the entire frames in F&B ‘Railings’. Straight away this took the cold and harshness out of the room I found and so happy with the result. I have done a blog post on how and what to use if you would like to do the same – in Railings.

Special thanks to Leoma from Style the Clutter who painted her wood orangery dark, which inspired me. I have linked her blog which is certainly worth a read to see her stunning home –





Rug – Modern rugs (sorry now closed down)
Flooring – Online carpets
Table – Hue Interiors
Chairs – Local Interior shop
Linen Table Cloth (I folded to use as a Runner) – Arket
Cloche white wooden base – Sophie Allport
Glass Vases – Arket {pr gift}
Radiator – Best Heating
Blinds – Ikea

Paints Used
UPVC Paint ‘F&B – Railings’ blog linked here 
Panelling Paint – ‘Little Greene – Slaked Lime’
Wall Paint ‘Little Greene – Slaked Lime Mid’