The Perfect Wood Plank Wall For Any Room
If you've ever come across a room that needed a bold accent wall to spruce things up, then this DIY wood plank accent wall is for you! We installed this accent wall in our master bedroom, and it looks great behind the off white cloth headboard on our bed. The planks can be stained for a rustic look, or they also look great painted white (or the color of your choice). If you're interested in doing this project yourself, then checkout the full DIY tutorial!
An accent wall is a cheap and easy way to upgrade any room. The process is pretty straight forward, and the materials are cheaper than you would think. Lets dive in!
How To: An Easy Tutorial
Step 1: Buying Materials
Before you get started, you'll need to stop by the local lumber store to find the wood planks you need. We purchased all of our materials from The Home Depot, but pretty much any lumber store should stock what you need. Measure the wall you plan to cover so you'll know exactly how much wood you will need to purchase. The wall we covered was about 11FT long which ended up being extremely convenient. It made things easy because were able to use 12FT boards and avoid having any visible seams.
What to buy:
1" x 6" tongue and groove pine boards
Step 2: Mark The Stud Locations
Remove the baseboard. Your wood plank accent will will go all the way down to the floor and replace the baseboard. Find and mark all the studs on the wall you plan about to cover with the wood planks. Make bold, visible lines from floor to ceiling - marking the stud locations. This will make nailing the boards easy. We used a stud finder to mark the top, middle, and bottom of each stud, then used a 4FT straight edge to connect he marks we made with the stud finder.
Step 3: Mount The Boards
This is where things get fun! Cut your boards down to size, and put the boards on the wall. Start at the bottom, resting the first board right on the floor. We used a 16 gauge finish nailer to 'face nail' the wood planks. If you don't want visable nail holes, than you can just shoot nails into the tongue on each board. Work you way up adding a board onto the last board until you reach the top.
Step 4: Finishing The Wood
This step is all up to you. We chose to stain our wood with Minwax Dark Walnut 2716 and seal with a wipe on poly sealant. It turned out great! Stain or paint your wall whatever works best for your room.
You're All Done!