Adding a reclaimed wood accent wall to a room is an easy way to add interest to any wall, whether it's a bedroom, living room or even a ceiling.
Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
Work on the baby's nursery has commenced! Our first project was an easy reclaimed white wood accent wall and I could not be more thrilled with how amazing it looks!
We started with a pretty plain room...
I had to use a wide angle lens to get some of these room shots so that's why it looks a little distorted. The nursery is the smallest of our four bedrooms but it's still a pretty decent size. This wall with the closet door is where we are planning on placing the crib, and we thought a fun accent wall would be a great focal point for the design.
This room gets plenty of bright light. It's a really cozy space and I love the gray walls in here - they are so clean and crisp looking. By the way, if you're wondering, the wall color is Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. It's a really a nice mid gray with a slight blue undertone, so it's best in rooms with warmer light.
The product that we used to get create the wood accent wall is from a company called Stikwood. The planks are real reclaimed wood but they are super thin and are applied directly to the wall with a peel and stick backing. They could not be easier to install!
The color we chose is Reclaimed Weathered Wood White. The variation in every piece is beautiful. Some pieces are almost all white, some have more gray than others and some have a ton of gray.
Every piece is unique with knots and holes and beautiful texture. You can feel good about the Stikwood products too as they are responsibly sourced and FSC® Certified. In addition, they use only European oil finishes and VOC-free paints. Sometimes when you buy products, you instantly know they have nasty chemicals and VOCs because they immediately off-gas. There was none of that with this wood product which is key when you're putting it in a baby's nursery.
How To Install The Wood Accent Wall
The first thing you will want to do is find the center of your wall. From there, using a level to dry a line 20 inches in each direction, left and right. This will be the starting point for your first plank and you'll know you're starting off level.
Simply peel the backing off the plank and adhere it to the wall, using the line as your guide either along the top of bottom of that first plank. Press the plank firmly on the wall and use a j-roller to ensure full adhesion.
Now you're ready to really rock and roll and pick up the pace! You're going to want to stagger the seams. We tried to not have any spot where seams aligned vertically - but ended up with maybe 2 or 3 in the entire wall (not bad!). Also, make sure you're you're using a mixture of different length boards and varying the colors for the most natural look.
Above, you can see how we used different length planks (they come precut for you!) for the most natural effect.
We started in the middle and worked our way out and up. Any gaps on the sides that needed to be cut, we left until the end. That way we were able to get as much done without having to constantly stop and start to make cuts. Cute toddler helpers are optional.
We made sure to butt the planks right up against the doorframe so that we didn't have any gaps. The same went for the opposite side where they butt up against the wall. The wood is so thin that it fits perfectly above baseboards, too.
The easiest way to figure out the cuts you need is to simply line a plank up below or above where it needs to fit and mark it with a pencil. It's much quicker than measuring!
While the Stikwood website suggests that a jig saw is fine for cutting, we found ours made the wood split every time we tried it. Our compound miter saw made much cleaner and quicker cuts.
So what do you think of our DIY wood accent wall? It took us about 5 hours from start to finish and I think that it was worth every minute. The white wood accent wall is such a unique touch to this otherwise plain bedroom and it has added so much character and charm!