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Hi all! I’m back again with one of my favorite projects to date. When we first moved in to our house, it had great bones, but was super bland. It had all of these beautiful ledges just begging for decorations, but in my opinion, it needed a little more texture and personality. I have always loved the look of a wood accent wall and after researching it, thought it was doable. This house was a clean slate for me and this was my first project after moving in- yes, I painted after this. So, I was really excited and set the tone with a beachy vibe.
- 2 sheets of plywood in 6-inch planks at varying lengths (I used Top Choice 1/4-in x 4-ft x 8-ft Birch Sanded Plywood from Lowes)
- brad nailer
- 1.5 in brad nails
- air compressor
- sanding block orsander
- wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut Stain)
- White Wash Pickling Stain (Minwax)
- disposable gloves
- saw (I used a miter saw)
- Minwax Polycrylic
- paint brush
- wall plate extenders
Before starting any project, I always sit down and come up with a plan. My plan for this project listed all of the materials with quantities and how to hang the planks. I was paneling an 8-foot wall so I went with planks that were 2 ft, 3 ft, and 4 ft long. I mapped out the order of the planks to make sure it looked random. Then I was ready to gather my materials. While shopping at Lowes for the birch plywood I used, I had them cut the 4×8 sheet into 6-inch planks. This was a huge lifesaver for me. I wasn’t really sure how to get the plywood in planks without a table saw and didn’t want to spend hundreds of extra dollars on this project to buy one. I already had to buy an air compressor and brad nailer so I wanted to keep the other expenses down. Once I got all of the materials home, I was eager to get started. First, I cut the planks into 2ft, 3ft and 4ft sections using a miter saw. Then I sanded all of the edges. I used a rag (with disposable gloves on) to stain all of the planks with the Minwax Walnut Stain. After letting it dry, I used the rags go over the walnut stain with the White Wash Pickling Stain. It gave it a beachy vibe. Then it was time to nail the planks up with the brad nailer. I followed my map and it went flawlessly. It took the better part of an afternoon, but was super satisfying when completed. I got a little help from one of the Mr.’s friends while he was waiting on the Mr. to get home. The brad nailer was a huge hit with his friend. ;)After nailing the planks up, I painted them with Polycrylic to protect them. I cut around the outlets when I was nailing the planks up and ended up leaving too big of a gap and had to paint around the outlet covers. If I did this project again, I would have cut a little closer to the outlet box and used wall plate extenders to bring the outlet forward. Wall plate extenders are super cheap and can be found at any home improvement store. I did this project so quickly that I completely forgot to take pictures, sorry. But, take a look at the before and after.