Home Improvement

DIY Weathered Plank Wall

My fall break has come to an end, and I finished all of the projects I wanted to get to! That NEVER happens!

Before I jump right into my plank wall tutorial, I want to preface it by saying that I took the shortcut route to do our wall, and made it way easier on myself than trying to cut a million boards and stain them. This is definitely not the only way to do a plank wall, but I wanted to achieve this look quickly and easily. This tutorial contains affiliate Amazon and Home Depot links. 

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This was a completely new project for me, and I hadn’t even read any tutorials or anything prior to starting. My cousin, Brittney, came up from Utah to help me all day, and we figured it would be easy enough!

We wanted to do a brick pattern, so our cuts wouldn’t be so complicated. To make the brick-like pattern, we would rotate which side we cut the boards for. We would put two whole boards and cut one, and then put two whole boards on the side that we made the cut, rotating each time. They ended up lining up really well and making the exact pattern we were trying for.

We started at the bottom of the trim against the edge of the wall, and applied liquid nails generously to the first board. We then added another in varying color next to it, but realized the liquid nails was not working AT ALL.

(Our walls in the living room are lath and plaster, so they weren’t exactly perfectly straight. This posed as a problem for our boards sticking.)

What?! We didn’t know what to do, and frantically went to Home Depot to get some small, bronze-ish nails to do the job.

Well…those didn’t work either. They were too small.

Chris and I have a giant box of drywall screws in our basement, so we decided to get out the drill and try those. We put one screw on each side of the boards, about 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches from the edge of the board.

It worked! And not only that, but it added to the weathered look I was going for.

With the wall that we were doing, it could fit two and three-quarters boards across. We measured and marked where we needed to cut with a pen, and then used the hand-saw to make the cuts. We originally started our cuts with a sawzall, but I just about chopped my leg off and ruined my wood floors, so hand saw it was! The cuts were much cleaner and straight with the hand saw, we discovered.

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As you can see from the pictures, we chose boards with varying colors to go next to each other. The Home Depot weathered hardwood kits were perfect for this look! They come with eight boards in a pack, and each board is a bit different.

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We kept building up from the bottom, and finished it up with a ladder. The very top row had to be cut using a table saw, as it was skinnier than the rest of the rows.

*There are gaps and knots all over the wall, but it was originally painted a dark brown, so it looks really good. If you don’t want the gaps to be as noticeable, I would recommend painting your wall darker. 

This whole project cost $275, and only took an afternoon. If I had chosen to buy the lumber, cut it all into the same sized boards, plus stain them all differently, it would have taken me weeks, and cost more. The weathered hardwood kits also come in a whitewash finish, so if you’re wanting that famous shiplap look, that’s also an option. The whitewash boards aren’t carried at our local Home Depot, so they may need to be ordered online and picked up at the store. 

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I am SO IN LOVE with this wall!!! It turned out way better than I expected. I’m already planning to do another one in our basement!

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