Recently, I was visiting someone's home and fell in love with a feature wall they had done in their entry!! Their's was painted a creamy white, sort of Nantucket style. So I decided to search Pinterest, at their suggestion, and see if I could get my husband on board for a little Room Redo of our own.
The wood portion of this project cost about $125, and took about 2 days to complete. Definitely an easy DIY weekend project!
Here is what you will need:
- A clean wall, painted a color that you don't mind seeing between the boards (I wish we had done our wall a darker grey)
- 1/4"x4x8 finished grade plywood, cut into 6" strips. We got ours at Lowe's, and they cut it for $0.25 a cut.
- A ladder. We have tall ceilings, so we needed an 8' one.
- Compressor with brad nailer.
- 1 1/4" brad nails.
- A Miter saw.
- Jig saw
- Wood Stain. I used Minwax Wood Finish in classic grey.
- Clean rags. I used an old cut up Tshirt.
- Rubber gloves.
- Plastic to protect staining surface.
- 2 nickels, to use as spacers.
- A level
- A second set of hands, to help.
Now that you have your cut plywood and all of your supplies, you are ready to start! I set up inside the garage. I tested a strip of the wood first, trying out different amounts of stain left on for different durations. In the end, we liked the color best when I brushed it on, and then immediately wiped it off. I set the boards aside to dry overnight. We didn't want to breathe stain fumes by putting them up too soon.
My husband is an electrician, so while I was staining the boards, he was doing his magic cutting channels in the drywall, running wire for light switches and into the ceiling to hang our new pendant lights. (There will be no tutorial on my website for how to do this- it requires a skilled electrician. And my husband is available for hire, if you need one. :) Pop me an email and I will put you in touch with him. *serving Orange County)
The next day, my husband set up his miter saw and made a few random cuts in the boards- so they would be different lengths. Next, he made sure the first row was installed straight by using a level. We spaced our nails about 6" apart, alternating between the top and the bottom of the board. We use nickels for spacers between each row. Since these boards were cut into strips at Lowe's, they aren't perfect 6" strips. Some are a bit wider than others. So just pay attention as you choose your boards and try to keep all the boards in a row the same width.
The trickiest cuts are around the electrical plugs and light switches. The rest of it goes up really fast.
And there you have it!! This project really was pretty simple to do. I figure that one day when we are tired of the rustic look, we can always finish the wall by filling the nail holes and painting it a solid color. But for now, it was an easy and affordable way to add some rustic luxury to our bedroom. We love it, and I hope you enjoy it too.
Details about where to find the other items in our bedroom:
- Bedding- Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen Duvet and Sheets
- Throw Pillows- Ikea (their down inserts start at $5!!)
- National Park Wall Decal- GreatBigCanvas.com
- Fred the Cardboard Moose- carboardsafari.com
- Mason Jar Pendant Lights- Lowe's