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It’s no secret that I love wood planked walls. I added wood plank walls to our family room last year and they are the highlight of the room, along with the white sectional. ha. When my mom and I decided to makeover the pool house, we decided that an accent wall with planks would be perfect. Our overall mood for the space is a modern cottage pool house that allows for relaxation while still being able to watch the kids swim. How to plank walls is super easy and anyone can do it.
I used my air compressor, finish nail gun, 1 1/4″ finish nails and 1/2″ plywood cut to 6″ wide strips.
I started at the bottom and worked my way to the ceiling. One board at a time. Be sure to use a level to ensure the board is straight.
Nail your board to your wall. Be sure to double check that you don’t have any electrical wires running directly where you are nailing.
Add your second board on top and place a quarter at each end to create a space between the boards. I used a quarter but you can also use a shim or anything really that creates the desired gap width. I have even seen a paint stick used for extra wide gaps.
When I added planks to our family room wall, I used 1″ thick tongue and groove knotty pine. It is much more expensive than using plywood but I wanted something substantial and elegant for our family room so tongue and groove worked the best for that project. You can use any type of wood, even MDF as long as it’s at least 1/4″ thickness.
If you are using plywood like I am, be aware that many of your boards may be warped. Simply turn the board over and you will most likely get the board to fit appropriately to the wall.
My grandfather thinks I have absolutely lost my mind. He cannot figure out why I would be wasting my time adding plywood to an already “good” wall. You wait, he will definitely be sitting in her during the summer with me.
Once you finish, you may need to add corner pieces to the ends to give the wall a more finished look.
Here is the completed wall all prettied up! Be sure to check out the entire pool house makeover here.
I still need to add trim around the top and sides as well as decorate. That is the best part! This space is just about finished with the exception of curtains. I cannot find any that I like that are a decent price so I may make some, maybe burlap curtains. We only added planks to one of the walls as we added board and batten to the other three walls. This planked accent wall only took me two hours to add the planks and paint. Super easy and a great way to add texture and character to any wall. Hoping to share final pictures soon!
PS. Be sure to check out our outdoor DIY Curtain Rod tutorial if you are looking for an inexpensive way to make an industrial style rod that is rust and weather resistant.
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