I am SO loving wood planked walls right now! A couple of months ago, I put up a weathered grey wood plank wall in my laundry room as part of my laundry room mini-makeover. I really liked how that wall turned out, so, I decided to do another wall in my home. This time, I chose my family room as the recipient of a beautiful planked wall. I liked how the grey turned out in the laundry room, but I wanted my family room to be a bit brighter, especially because the wall I wanted to add the planks to is quite large and vaulted, so I chose to do a DIY weathered white wood plank wall. And can I say, that I am absolutely in love with my new wall! This wall was a little more challenging because of the vaulted ceiling, but still easy enough for most people to tackle with the right tools (and luckily, with the wall boards I use, they are meant to look rustic, so any mistakes aren’t too obvious, they just become part of the “rustic” look! 🙂 ).
DIY Weathered White Wood Plank Wall Tools & Materials:
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|Weathered Whitewashed Wall Boards (available at Home Depot, click link below)||Electronic Wall Scanner/ Stud Finder||48-Inch Level|
|Ryobi Airstrike Brad Nailer||Compound Miter Saw||Grey wall paint|
|(I used Behr paint from Home Depot)|
|18 Gauge, 2-Inch Brad Nails||Angle Ruler (useful if you have a vaulted ceiling)|
DIY Weathered White Wood Plank Wall Instructions:
- Remove the baseboards from the wall.
2. Remove all outlet cover plates (electrical outlets, cable wire, and light switch plates).
3. Paint the wall a color similar to the color of the wall planks (this is to keep gaps in between the boards less noticeable – remember, these boards are rustic!)
4. Using the stud finder and pencil, mark the location of each stud in the wall and draw lines down the wall to identify stud locations. Use the straight edge of the level to draw the lines down the length of the studs.
5. Begin placing the boards on the wall on the lower right or lower left side of the wall (I began on the lower left). Adhere the boards to the wall using the nail gun and 2″ brad nails (make sure to shoot nails into the marked studs). Use the level to ensure each board is straight on the wall and lined up evenly with the previous board.
6. Once you get to the last board in the first row, use the miter saw to cut the board to fit, and then use the remainder of the board to start the next row. Keep moving up the wall in this fashion, using the level for each row.
7. If you don’t have a vaulted ceiling, keep placing boards until the ceiling is reached (you may need to use a table saw to reduce the height of the board in the top row). If you do have a vaulted ceiling, an angle measure tool help to ensure the angle is correct on each board at the top. Use a miter saw or jig saw to cut the angled edge.
8. Once all the boards were up, I added a “frame” around the outer edges of the wall (this helped to hide any gaps and also gave the wall more of a “barn” look.
And here is the final, completed project as well as a sneak of some upcoming projects you’ll see posted on the blog soon :-):
Some tips for installing a plank wall:
- Use Electrical outlet box extenders to extend the outlet boxes out so your cover plates will sit flush on top of the wood wall planks.
- Make sure boards are level and line up, don’t rush!
- Make sure to measure the wall from top to bottom to determine where at the bottom you should start placing the boards so you don’t end up needing just a sliver of a board at the top
- If using the same wall planks I used, make sure to purchase 1 box extra. Since these boards are “rustic” not all of them are perfectly straight or without knot holes. Leave the boards that are really bent or warped to use as last resort.
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to check back soon to see instructions for building some of the items shown in the picture above! 😉
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