Hi ya’ll I’m Philip’s wife Samantha and I have been wanting to build a wall treatment for above our fireplace for some time. I decided to make it myself using just a table saw and miter saw. This was a great project for me to get started in woodworking. I was able to easily cut the material and install it on the wall in an afternoon. It took a day or two to caulk, putty and paint. I am really happy with how the project turned out. Who knows you may see me more on this channel. Let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to hit that like button 😉

In order to build this shaker designed wall panel you will need the following following materials and tools


  • 1/2in MDF Pannel (1x) | https://homedepot.sjv.io/kj0M5V


  • Miter Saw | https://amzn.to/2XgnJCo
  • Table Saw | https://amzn.to/2XfJliB
  • Cordless Nail Gun Kit | https://amzn.to/38C1rPy
  • Level | https://amzn.to/3oAN049
  • Tape Measure | https://amzn.to/2wGQGLU
  • Putty Knife | https://amzn.to/39u9RWN
  • Micro Jig GRR Ripper | https://amzn.to/2Xy05ze


  • 32oz DAP Plastic Wood Putty | https://amzn.to/33NNPwQ
  • 220 grit 3M sandpaper pack | https://amzn.to/33SfEnu
  • DAP Caulk White | https://amzn.to/2UlWHXq
  • 1-1/4in brad nails | https://amzn.to/2ygWw7j
  • Painting Kit | https://amzn.to/3rXEflt
  • White Urethane Paint | http://bit.ly/3skvDa0

Step 1 | Watch The How To Video

Watch my step by step video on how I cut and installed the shaker wall paneling above my fireplace!

Step 2 | Cut Your Material

I cut my material out of 1/2in MDF. I made my shaker slats 2 1/2in wide.

women cutting large sheet of plywood

I used My table saw to cut the large sheet down to 2 1/2in strips. I then used the miter saw to cut the lengths.

women cutting wood on miter saw

Step 3 | Install The Shaker Slats To The Wall

Before I installed the shaker slats to the wall. I used a level and pencil to maker and layout the design. This made the installation so much easier and faster as all I had to do was align the slats to the lines and nail it to the wall.

Women installing shaker slats on a gray walll

Nailing the shaker lats was easy. I simply used the cordless nail gun and 1 1/4in brad nails. This nail gun was amazing!

Women using a dewalt nail gun

After you have installed the shaker paneling on your wall you can move on to the next step!

shaker slats installed above a fireplace


This is a really important step. You want to make sure you apply wood putty to all your holes and caulk all your cracks. This will give your shaker wall panel the clean and smooth look you want.

After you have sanded your wood putty you can now apply the caulk to your cracks. Let everything dry for a day before painting.

Caulking a crack

Step 5 | Paint

I used White Urethane Paint and used a roller and brush to paint the shaker slats. Be sure to use painters tape on the edges so you don’t accidentally paint where you do not want to paint.

Women painting shaker slats on a wall with white paint

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

I loved how this turned out. It was an easy woodworking project to complete over the weekend. It added dimension and character to our boring wall. I now am really happy with how it all turned out. I learned a lot making this shaker wall paneling for above my fireplace. I was able to use my husbands woodworking tools and I am excited about my next home improvement DIY woodworking project.

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