I have been smoozing over wood walls for a couple years now. And when we moved back in June, I made a vow to myself….
My desire for a wood wall would be fulfilled. Plain and simple.
I don’t care if the wood wall was in the laundry room friends. I wanted a wooden wall and what momma wants, momma gets…. Most of the time.
So a few months ago when we were strolling the aisles of Home Depot, which may or may not have been a date night for me and the hubs (Hey it happens…), I stumbled on these weather wood plank boards.
One of the things that had been holding me back from entertaining a wood wall was all of the layers of work it would take.
- Cutting the boards
- Sanding the boards
- Staining the boards
- Cutting the boards again
- And hanging the boards
That could have taken, the way my life is set up, another lifetime.
So these boards, to me, meant I could have my wood wall. In all it’s glory. With only like half the work.
Yeeeeeeessssss! I WIN!
While I had a few places in mind, I knew that the space over my fireplace mantle would be perfect because not only would it give me what I wanted. But it would fix a design aspect I could not fully appreciate. The open space over the wood mantle.
While I can see how it could be used. It is not how I wanted to use it. And therefore it had to be fixed.
You see these boards were all kind of problem solving.
So for under $100 dollars I have a wood planked accent wall, and that beautiful farmhouse vibe I adore.
I am sitting here typing this message in front of it and feeling all kinds of good about myself, and this project.
Call me weird but after I finish a project, I love to just sit and be in the space. To marvel at what we I was able to accomplish.
Maybe you just skimmed this, and missed the part where I said it was under ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!
I love a DIY where I don’t break the bank.
If you too desire to have a wood accented mantle, I am gonna tell you how I did it!
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Tools and Materials For Wood Planked Wall
2 1/2″ Wood Screws
2″ Finishing Nails
Drill & Drill bits
Hammer or Finishing nail gun*
see my notes below
Steps To Install Wood Planked Wall
Measured and cut 2×4’s to frame the open space
If your wall doesn’t have open space, you will not need the 2×4’s or to do this step
Framed open space for support and create access space
Again, you may not need to take this step if you don’t have open space or the need to have a place to adherer the panels to.
In addition to support for the wood planks, the frame also gave us space to mount the TV mount and support the weight of the TV.
Installed wood planked boards
We installed the planks by applying the liquid nails, placing them on the wall where we wanted them to go, and then nailing them using the finishing gun on both sides and possibly the middle if there wasn’t open space behind it.
*You may be able to use a hammer to install them, but be warned that the wood boards are thin and hammering them could cause them to split.
We chose to alternate the different colored pieces to give it a variety, but not with a definitive pattern.
Put pieces together to create access door using flat brackets
I laid out the wood boards to create the width and height of the access door and then put them together using flat brackets on the backs of them.
Hung access door using hinges
Once the door was together, I put the door up using the hinges and attaching them to the frame.
This left access to the open space which also had an outlet that the electronics are plugged into.
We also installed the TV mount for the TV to hang (or float) on the wall.
Added handles for access door
Lastly, I added the handles and additional hinges to the ends to give it character and to easily open and close the access door.
All in all I love the finished outcome. It has added a nice comfy cozy touch to the living room with wood accents.
While doing a larger space would be a little more involved it is certainly doable using these wood planks.