Disclosure: This post is in partnership with True Value.
I often get the question, ” I have a large wall that I don’t know what to do with?” and to be honest, I often struggle with the same problem! There are so many different ways to fill a large blank wall, but the hard part is deciding the best solution. From adding a gallery wall, to patterned paint design to a single piece of artwork, and wood! Adding a wood accent wall is such a great way to fill blank space but also add warmth, texture and design to a space. When I was designing my middle son’s nursery when we first moved into this house, this was my exact problem. I found this pic on Pinterest and I instantly knew that is what I wanted to do. I decided to go with a DIY Wood Striped Wall, it was the perfect solution for the rustic modern look that I wanted.
DIY Wood Striped Wall
Here is what the wall looked like before. It was definitely lacking a ‘wow’ factor. If you are interested in doing something similar in your home, here is a quick tutorial for you.
HOW TO INSTALL A WOOD ACCENT WALL
– 1 in X 8 in X 12 ft boards (I used 5)
– 2″ Galvanized Nails
– Circular Saw
Then, I gave it two coats of polycrylic. I generally brush on my poly, but I decided to try the spray version and I actually really liked it. It might be my new go-to.
The most time consuming part of the project was planning. I wanted to avoid cutting the boards around the light switch and outlet, so I decided to space the boards around them. I ended up using 8″ boards and I left a 10.5″ space in-between them. I highly recommend using a pencil and marking out the boards and spaces before putting everything up.
I placed the first board flush against the ceiling. Thankfully our ceiling was level so it made it easy to keep a straight line, but if you are working in an older house I recommend being very careful about how you place the first board because that will affect the rest of the wall. You’ll also want to use a level with each additional board just to double check. The first board was the only one that I had to add to, if you look closely there is a 21″ board filling in the gap on the upper left. The other boards fit perfectly.
To secure the boards to the wall, we first found the studs in the wall. Then used 2″ galvanized nails to secure them. We did 3 sets of nails into studs and then another set on the ends of each board.
WOOD STRIPED BEDROOM WALL
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.