One of my favorite ways to add warm rich texture to a space is to bring in wood accents. Wood crates, wood picture frames, wood furniture, and yes, even wood WALLS! If you’re looking for a simple way to make a big impact, a wood plank accent wall is the perfect choice! We DIY’d our own wood accent wall in our master bedroom and I am 100% obsessed with how it turned out! Keep reading to see how we did it – it’s easier than you think 🙂
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- 12′ 1″x6″ Tongue and Groove Boards
- 2 1/2″ Finish Nails
- Nail gun (we used this one here)
- Stud finder
- Wood stain in the color of your choice (I used MiniWax Dark Walnut)
- Paint brush
- Sealant (I used Miniwax Wipe-on Poly Finish Clear)
- Old rag
First, we went to Home Depot and selected our lumber. For the planks we chose to go with pine 1×6 tongue and groove boards. We found that using the tongue and groove option made the installation process extremely fast, simple and cost effective.
Once you have your lumber, you’re ready to start installing! Before putting any planks up on the wall, the first step is to locate the studs using a stud finder (the one we used can be bought here, but any stud finder should do the trick). Mark near the top, and the bottom of each stud. Then, using a level (or any straight edge), draw a vertical line from floor to ceiling on each stud. This makes it easy to see where to shoot the nails.
The wall we were covering was just under 12 feet long, so we were able to cut 12 foot boards to length using a Miter Saw. (Using a miter saw makes it easy to get a perfect 90 degree cut. If you don’t have a power tool obsessed husband like me, any wood saw would work just fine 😉 )
Starting from the bottom, use a nailgun (or a hammer if you’re old school like that 😉 ) and attach the first board with the tongue side facing up. Put 3 nails into each stud location along the length of the board. Next, take the second board and slide it down into the groove until it “locks” into place.
It should be a tight fit and you may have to use a hammer to knock it down into place.
Next, nail the board to the studs using the wall markings you added previously for reference.
Continue these steps until you reach the top of the wall. If there are any outlets on the wall, cut out the space on one of the boards using a jigsaw. When you reach the top of the wall, you’ll need to rip the last board down to size in order to make it fit. We happened to have a table saw available (power tool obsessed, I’m telling you!) and used that to rip the final board. We added a trim piece at the top using the same 1×6 tongue and groove board with the top & bottom ripped off to give it a finished look.
The next step was to apply the stain. This part was my favorite! The rustic look I was going for really started coming together and I could start to envision the finished product! (You can apply the stain before or after installing the planks – I chose to do it afterward so that I didn’t have to be working in a freezing cold garage. Although if I could do it again, I think I would have braved the cold work space to avoid the hassle of having to air out our bedroom of the strong odor! It took DAYS. We ended up having to sleep in our guest room for a few nights while the scent was dissipating.)
Using a paint brush, apply the stain to your brand new wood plank wall. Make sure to let it sit for a few minutes to let the wood soak it up, and then wipe off any excess with an old T-shirt or rag to get an even application. After your stain is dry, go back and apply 1-2 coats of sealant to protect the wood. I used Miniwax Wipe-on Poly Finish Clear and ended up doing two coats to be safe!
Once that dries you can stand back and admire your brand new beautiful accent wall!
There is still a lot to be done in this room, but I am slowly making progress. Here is what it looks like right now. We still need some nightstands and a bit more wall decor, but so far I love how it has turned out!
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