I love accent walls, they are my absolute favorite! When we bought our house, our room was kind of boring. It had a nice wall color, but it didn't scream relaxing to me. I wanted something that made me feel like home, something I was proud of.
After looking at a million Pinterest pins I decided that I wanted a plank wall. It was originally going to have varying greys that alternated through the wall. Clearly, that's not what I ended up with.
I wanted to do this wall on a budget, as we were already doing a bunch of other projects. So, we went to our favorite wood store. After looking at a lot of different wood choices, we landed on fence boards. They were cheap, I liked the wood grain, and they were just the size I was looking for.
We went with cedar. I wanted something that was light, because you wouldn't want to hang something really heavy on your wall.
This project only cost around $60.00, that is however if you already have a nail gun and a saw. This is quick project if you're motivated. We did it in two days, but you could do it in one, if you don't have two small children running around while you're trying to work.
First you need to figure out how much material you need. Then you need to find out the square footage of your wall. In order to do that you need the multiple the height of the wall by the width of the wall and that will give you the total square footage. Once you figure out your wood you will be able to find out how much material you need.
When you have your wall width measurement you want to figure out how many boards will go across and at what lengths you want to cut them, so you get a nice looking design.
We cut ours at 16 inches, 32 inches, and 48 inches. And altered them on the wall. We started at the top, nailed the board in going across and worked our way down, checking to make sure it's level as you go down. We had a couple light switches to go around and we used a jig saw to go around it.
At the bottom you either have to rip down a board which will require having a table saw, or depending on how much space you have you could use a trim board.
We ended up loving the natural wood, so we left it as is. But you could totally stain it. If you wanted to stain them different colors I would definitely stain them before putting them up and alternate them for a fun design. You could just paint them white, grey, whatever color you love. It just depends what color you are going for. I love the versatility!
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Do you have any accent walls in your house? Let me know in the comments!