Thursday, March 7, 2013

Planked Accent Wall Tutorial

I have no idea why it took me so long to share this project, because it's really one of my favorites! Last summer we had our entire upstairs painted. I'd been admiring all the planked walls in the Pottery Barn catalogs (especially the bedrooms in the PB Kid's catalogs) and at the very last minute decided that Ryan's room would be the perfect candidate for a planked accent wall.

I've shared this before ... as much as I love painting furniture, I do not enjoy painting walls. No, not even a little bit. And although my husband is very handy, he'd really rather be golfing. So I left this project in the capable hands of our painter, handyman and all around good guy Mark. Mark was already here painting when I showed him the Pottery Barn catalog and this photo in particular. I especially liked the rustic feel of the knots showing through. Just ignore that fact that the room is really cute and girly.

The next day, there was a stack of tongue and groove pine planks in my garage.
Yup, nice and knotty.
Furring strips were placed on the wall horizontally and attached to the studs.
The planks were then attached directly to the furring strips, not to the wall. If for some reason the planks ever need to come down, the wall won't be destroyed in the process.



Mark nailed each plank in through the groove so the nails do not show at all.



A few simple cut-outs were made around the outlets.


And that was it!

Ryan's room is at the end of the hallway, so you notice this wall right away. And I think it's the perfect wall treatment for behind a bed!


After the first coat of paint, my husband was not totally sold on the knotty look, so we just added a second coat of paint. The knots still show through, but they are now a little more subtle.

I am a details kind of girl, so I really appreciated the fact that Mark took the time to make sure the boards on either end of the wall came out perfectly even.

My goal for this room was to give it an update without totally changing everything. Ryan doesn't really live here anymore, but I wanted the room to still feel like home when he comes to visit. I added fresh new bedding - sheets and quilt from Ralph Lauren, comforter from West Elm.


The curtains are from Ikea (love their curtains) and the rod is Martha Stewart from Home Depot.
And with the new carpet installed, I could finally hem the curtains!

When Ryan was home over the holidays, he cleaned out his closet, drawers and book shelves.



I think we kept just enough mementos to know that this is still Ryan's room.




Ryan approves of the new planked accent wall. I still want to paint the bookcase blue to break up all the natural wood in the room. But for the most part, we can call this room done!


Now I think this house just might need a few more planked walls!

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30 comments:

Danielle said...

Beautiful! I love this look!

Leslie Harris said...

Sharon I love it!!!I'm so glad you took photos because it really helps to see how they went on the wall. I would love to do this in my Master... sigh, maybe someday? This entire bedroom looks so complete with all the little touches. Charming.
Leslie (Gwen Moss)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks so beautiful, Sharon! :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sharon this is exactly what I want to do in our son's room!! I love it!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it and i love the knotty look! it's very cottagey and totally suits you!

Laurel Stephens said...

Your plank walls give the whole room an expensive custom look, don't they? Your tutorial will be perfect for my daughter who wants to use this treatment in her new home. (How smart to nail the planks to strips of wood instead of the wall. That was using the ol' noggin!) You're so nice to have your son's room ready for his visits. Penn State? Wow! You must be very proud!


Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

No wonder it's one of your favorites! It would be mine too. I love the look of knotty pine. Isn't it funny how many people were ripping that out of their homes not too long ago? Leave it to the folks at Pottery Barn to make it look so good. I put one up in my son's (yet to be finished) bedroom, but it's horizontal. I do love the vertical. Mark did a good job. Enjoy your weekend!

Debbie

Ali Richardson said...

It looks beautiful!!! I love it!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It looks terrific!

Kristina said...

Great tutorial - I have been thinking about doing this and love the idea to use the furring strips. The room looks great.

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

Came out just great! I have lots of beadboard ( the tongue and groove kind) in my house and I love the look. The depth is better than paneling....plus I love that I can just nail anything up anywhere! A nice bonus for real wood!

the cape on the corner said...

i love that all the penn state stuff is together, working as a whole collection. and that globe with only blues? oh my goshhhhh, i need that! never seen anything like it!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love that plank wall. The whole room has a nice boyish atmosphere.

Hetty said...

very nice project! I should really do this for my sons too..whenever they come home during breaks they see my iron board in their room!

hula-la said...

I have more knotty pine in my old 60's home than I want. I've always wanted to white wash at least some of it! Perhaps that will be my SPRING CLEANING project! Yours looks great! Thanks for sharing!

hula-la said...

I have more knotty pine in my old 60's home than I want. I've always wanted to white wash at least some of it! Perhaps that will be my SPRING CLEANING project! Yours looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Marti said...

I love how it turned out. Can you share where you bought the wood?

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

LOVE the planked wall a lot more than I love my own. :) Not sure why... maybe it's the bed.

great job, and love the new carpet, curtains, everything!
gail

Angela Santaniello said...

Love it! The entire room looks great. The bedding and all your son's collections are the perfect touch.

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Laurie said...

What an awesome idea! I love the wall, and the way the room is decorated make it so inviting!!

Stacey said...

That looks fabulous! We are going to do the same thing to the room I call Spencer's. He's my grown son also. :) The tutorial is really helpful. It looks like Mark really took the time and care to do this job well. Love it!

Natalie Roussy said...

Hi Sharon, thanks for stopping by my blog! This looks just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing... I totally love it! Very inspriring. I am your newest follower!

Natalie
www.natandgang.blogspot.com

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Love it! I just did my kitchen back splash with the same stuff ;) It is such a cozy look. Looks great in your room.

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Sharon for showing us!
I've been wanting to do that too,
Deb@LakeGirlPaints

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Oh, Sharon, I love the planked wall! It is perfect for a guy's room! The entire room turned out wonderfully - it looks like it could be in the Pottery Barn catalog!

craftyles said...

I love how that turned out. I love the fact that you kept some of your son's stuff in there, for when he comes home.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Sharon, love tour plank walls. The room look great along with bedding!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love this plank wall Sharon, it looks so great in a guy's room, really adds a masculine touch!! great job!

Holly Lefevre (504 Main) said...

Great tutorial! I really want to do this - it is fabulous!

Lindsey Domer said...

The wall is amazing! What a way to add character and a cozy factor to a regular, bland room.

How much did the wood cost for one wall? How large is your one wall? (Approximately...) I have never seen the tongue and groove planks before... are they easy to find?

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