DIY Plank Wall Tutorial

Happy Thursday everyone!
I am excited to share with you this tutorial 
because it’s super easy and it makes a huge impact in a room.

My son’s new bedroom is getting a makeover with a Pirate theme.
So I like to call this new addition the ‘Walk the Plank’ wall. 🙂
Cute, huh? I know. I thought that one up all by myself. *giggle*

My sons bedroom walls were still very ‘nursery’ looking to me.
I loved the flat and gloss stripes…

but it was time for a change.

My first step was to gather the plank boards that I bought at Lowe’s. 

They are sold 6 plank boards per pack for about $9.
(Be careful to check each pack for broken boards.)
I bought 6 packs and used a coupon for $10 off,
so my total for the wood was around $44 bucks.
And really, that was the total cost for this whole project! 
Next comes the fun part, well at least I think it’s fun. 🙂
Time to install the boards with my best friend…

I started at the top of the wall and worked my way down.
It’s easy to connect the boards because they have built-in grooves. 
Just slide the next board underneath into the groove and nail gun away!

Since my walls were wider than eight feet, I had to cut some boards
to complete the full length of the wall.

And to answer the question that I know you are thinking,
no…I didn’t paint the wall before hanging the boards.
Honestly, because I’m lazy. 🙂

You can’t see the underneath wall once the boards are up and
I knew I was going to paint the boards a white color anyway.
Just a tip…
If you will be staining your boards a dark color, you may want to paint first.

 When I got to the bottom of the wall,
I ran into a little problem.

Hopefully when you do your wall you don’t have this nice gap 
at the bottom like me. But if you do, it can be fixed.
I simply measured how much board I needed to fill in the space
and then cut my plank board in half (lengthwise) with a jigsaw.
Problem solved. Take that uneven wall!

When you are all done it should look like this…

My sons room is pretty small, so it’s hard to get a picture of the whole wall at once.
 Because we all love a great before and after

 Even though I love the natural wood,
I am not done.
I have already painted this wall (using a new 
technique that I have never tried before) to give it a more finished look.
I will be sharing all the details on that next week. 🙂

If you have ever wanted to add a plank wall in your home,
don’t be intimidated. It is really easy.
I put up this whole wall in a few hours and you can too!

Have you ever wanted to add a plank wall to your home?
If you have already added one, what room did you put it in?

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