I will show you step by step how to create a plank wall, with stunning results!
So about two or three weeks ago as I was flipping through a magazine, I spotted Brian Faherty’s home, the mastermind behind Schoolhouse Electric Co. Every room in his house had an interior plank wall. I was so inspired I decided to steal this element from his home as inspiration for Ellie’s new bedroom and wanted to share with you how to create a plank wall. Especially because the shiplap wall craze is in full effect.
Supplies Needed for Plank Wall
1×4 or 1×6 boards (but you could use reclaimed wood or barn wood)
saw (we used a table saw & jig saw)
Mark the Studs
We started the process by marking our studs along the wall. I just used a permanent marker and did about 4-5 markings from the floor to the ceiling for each stud (since you’ll eventually be covering one by one with boards).
Do the Math
Now’s where the math & layout come into play for your wood plank wall. Measure your walls, take a look at where your studs are placed, and map out the location of your boards. We wanted to make sure every board hit at least two studs so it would be tightly secured to the wall.
We actually ended up with doing a pattern of 4 rows (seen below) with 1×6 boards. My tip is to start with the top left corner of the room and work your way across row by row. So use your level every so often to stay in a straight line (not all walls are even and level!).
Spacing & Outlets
For spacing in between boards, we just eyed it. But I actually did a bigger space on all sides of each board, probably about 1/2 inch. This was mainly to hide the imperfections of the board edges and helped keep my rows level.
When we got to the outlets we used a jig saw to make a cut out in the board. Then we used electrical spacers to bring out the outlets.
Make sure you buy longer screws if you’re doing this step! We forgot that part and had to make a run out to the local hardware store in the middle of this project, ugh.
Then continue to the bottom of the wall with your wide planks. We opted not to take the baseboards off the wall and just carried the plank wall to the baseboard. Also, we ended up using 1×4 boards at the very bottom row so we didn’t have to rip a 1×6.
Time to Paint
And then it’s time to fill the nail holes, and then paint the wall! Wait the recommended amount of drying time before painting though.
Getting into the crevices was a little annoying, but it went pretty fast. We ended up using one coat of paint.
And after a day’s work Ellie’s bedroom has made a huge transformation. I’m loving the white plank walls against the iron frame beds. And that bedding… swoon!
If you want you can caulk the edges, wait until you’re ready to paint the other 3 walls. Good luck!
I’m thinking a pale teal for Ellie’s bedroom? And I need some pops of color above the beds. Oh, and I’m looking for a new nightstand and dresser to paint. Yeah, still lots to do.