Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Well it seems that everyone is crazy about wood plank walls these days.
And I am no different. I've always liked the look. Left unpainted
they remind me of a cabin, but painted they remind me
of a farmhouse and that's the look I love. So I decided to go for it and
plank a wall in my bedroom.
Here is the after shot.
But lets look at the before story.

Here is what the wall looked like before the installation of the wood.
  It was a pretty blue, which I loved also.

Here's more of a closeup.

So to get started let me tell you what I did.
I had been looking on pinterest at other sites that had planked a wall.
Some used plywood cut in strips. (more work than I wanted)
Some used actually ship lap boards. 
Then there was plain pine boards. Which I thought about using but I thought
was too expensive and more money than I wanted to put into one wall.
Then I came upon a blog called Stonegable that had used
tongue and grove beadboard planks. Only they had used the back side instead of the
beadboard side. And the best thing was it was half the price of a standard pine board.
They came from Home Depot.
Below is the info about the wood.

Here's the profile of the boards.

See how the tongue and groove fit together.

This is the front side which is a nice look.
Just not what I was going for.

Here's the back side and the look I was going for.

Of course the first thing I had to do was find all the studs and mark them.
Then I started installing. There were two boards to each run.
I just staggered them long-short, then short-long.
It all went fairly quick considering it was a one woman job.
I did have to wait until my husband could rip the top boards before I could finish.
So it took me a day to install. (Remember I was working alone.)
With two people it would take no time at all.
The instructions said to nail into the tongue part of the board
but they were so thick I decided to just nail directly into the boards.
To me it seemed more stable.

The next step was to spot prime the knot holes.
Then I primed the whole wall and added two top coats of semi-gloss.

Here's the end result.

Another look-see.

Here's a close-up.

I added a strip of lattice molding in the corners.

I am so pleased with the outcome.
A little bit farmhouse.

Hope my instructions will help you to try it too!

I'm being featured in a digital magazine called
DIY Decorating Addict Magazine if you'd like to check it out.
Hope you enjoy.

For although the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17


  1. You did such a great job! I love a plank wall so much. It really warms up a room and brings in a subtle texture. Thanks for sharing Your Inspired Design!!

  2. This looks so good Lyn! I'm actually planning the same thing for my bedroom, too! Your tutorial is a great reference for me. Pinning! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

  3. Wow! I love how it turned out. Great photos of your steps, too. I can't imagine tackling that by myself!

  4. The wall looks amazing! Good job on installing it by yourself! Blessings,Jenny

  5. I have been wanting to do this for some time now! But have been waiting for the right old wood to be found. Its nice to see that you achieved the shiplap look with using the opposit side.
    It really added all the charm you were looking for to your space.


  6. Lyn your walls turned out beautiful! Congratulations on your magazine feature!!! How exciting!!! If you are interested in joining in one more party each week I host Making Broken Beautiful every Thursday thru Sunday and would be happy to host you. You do lovely work! I hope you have a great week!
    Making Broken Beautiful

  7. Wow!!! I am amazed at how much warmer and cozier it made your room look. You added so much charm to your bedroom by doing this . . . Great job!
    Have a happy day.
    Connie :)

  8. This is beautiful! Great transformation. I also love your picture! Have a great week, Lynn

  9. Love, love, love! We are thinking of moving soon and I would love to do this to the new house! Perfect instructions! Pinning!

  10. I love your wall! You did a great job, it turned out beautiful! We are redoing our masterbath, I would love to do something like it on the walls behind the vanity. Thanks for sharing your steps on making the wood plank wall.

  11. That is a perfect farmhouse transformation. It looks amazing with the bed! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  12. Wow you did an amazing job with the wood wall!
    TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  13. What a charming look that makes against the iron head board! Thanks for adding your creativity to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!


  14. OH my gosh...I SO love this! It's so pretty!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. This looks really beautiful. It gives the wall much needed texture.

  16. I love how your wall looks now, I wish I could talk my husband into doing this in our mudroom. Have a wonderful weekend. Alaina

  17. GREAT job...looks amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  18. I need to re-paint my bedroom this summer and may do that for our head board wall. Great job!

  19. Love love love it! I am so inspired to do this at my house, and I also love the bird painting! You have God given talent!

  20. Love your wall plank decor, that i have featured it on my party today