I am so excited to tell you about my DIY entry way plank wall project. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since I saw this wall. Kudos to the gals who whipped that up.
I am pretty proud of the way this plank wall turned out! You can do this in any wall with inside corners. This was a pretty easy project. You can do this on a Saturday afternoon. Seriously!
Here is how it all started. My plain blue accent wall was in need of some character
DIY Entry Way Plank Wall
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- (2) 4’x8′ sheets of 1/4″ Plywood ripped into 6″ planks
- Nail Gun (or hammer and finish nails)
- Miter Saw (or hand saw to cut planks)
- Jig Saw (to cut wood to go around electrical outlets)
- 1 1/4″ and 2″ inch brad nails
- Wood stud finder
- Wood Casing (cut to the width of your wall)
- 1×3 Primed MDF or wood board to place on top of the casing as a shelf
- Wood Glue
- Wood filler
- Sand Paper– 220 grit
- Walnut Wood Stain
- White Paint of Choice
- Drill/Driver (to attach hooks)
- Cast Iron Hooks from Hobby Lobby
- 3″ Wood Screws to attach the hooks
Step 1: Rip the Plywood
I went to Lowe’s and got 2 sheets of 1/4 inch 4′ x 8′ plywood. I had the nice guy working the saw slice both plywood sheets into 6″ planks.
I chose 1/4″ because that width looked the best against the existing baseboard. Ripping both sheets into 6″ planks gave me a total of 16 boards. I was on my way home in no time!
Step 2: Mark the Studs
Using a Level and a Wood stud finder I drew vertical lines to mark the studs . Draw your lines marking the studs a few inches above the overall height of the plank wall. That way you can keep an eye on where your studs are ask you nail the planks up the wall.
I decided I would nail the planks rather than glue them, so they’d be easier to remove if I want to switch things up in a couple years, without tearing up the wall.
Step 3: Nail the Planks
My wall space is roughly 9′ wide. I used a whole plank on my bottom piece, plus a short one foot piece to complete the width of the wall. The long bottom piece was the hardest piece because I had to go around the cold air return. I marked the wood and cut around it with my Jig Saw .
I did the same thing when I went around the electrical outlet. I took the cover off and unscrewed the outlet and let it hang a bit off the wall, so I could set the plank behind it. You will need to replace the existing screws of the outlets with longer screws.You can find them at any hardware store. Just ask!.Make sure you turn off the power brake while you are doing this. Safety first :).
I secured the planks into the wall using my Nail Gun. I shot 1 1/4″ brad nails into the studs. You will need longer nails if you use thicker plywood. I also used a Level to keep the planks straight as I went up.
Once that first plank was on I cruised. I cut pieces randomly using my Miter Saw. I didn’t follow any particular pattern. I just kept cutting and nailing making sure the planks were level and that my seams were staggered randomly. I used pennies in between the planks as I went up to keep the same distance in between. Pretty soon I was half way up the wall and patting myself on the back 🙂 I decided to only do a “half” wall but this would look awesome all the way up too! Sorry for the blurry pic 🙁 I should’ve taken another!
Step 4: Attach Wood Casing
To finish up I cut piece of casing the width of the wall. I placed it directly on top of the last plank. I used wood glue and shot brad nails into the studs. Remember those lines you drew all the way up? They come in handy now to find the studs! I did use longer brad nails here, 2 inches.
Lastly, I cut a piece of primed mdf 1×3 board the width of the wall and set it right on top of the casing forming a ledge (see pic below). I used Wood Glue and shot nails from the top and into the casing in a few random places.
Step 5: Attach 1×3 Shelf
Step 6: Fill the Holes and Sand
Now the fun part. I filled the holes with Wood filler. Once dry I sanded the wood lightly to smooth it out.
Step 7: Apply Stain and Vaseline
I then applied dark Walnut Wood Stain around the edges of each plank with a small brush.
I let the stain sit for 5 minutes then wiped off the excess. Almost done!
Step 8: Paint
After the stain dried I applied a thin layer of Vaseline in random areas with the intention of having the paint fall off in those areas once I sanded. After I applied Vaseline, I gave the wall 2 coats of white paint.
Step 9: Distress
I let the paint dry for a few hours, then I sanded the wall and the areas where I applied the Vaseline fell right off. This gave it a fun distressed look!
That’s it! Not too bad!
Step 10: Attach Hooks to the Studs
Finally I added these awesome Cast Iron Hooks I bought at Hobby Lobby. Be sure and attach the hooks to the studs. I used 3″ wood screws.
I also painted the top half of the wall grey to match the rest of the walls. Here are some pictures of the finished wall. I am so happy with how it turned out!
This wall cost me around $75 including the hooks.
If you like the bench, check out the tutorial for it here!
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Here’s a quick video I put together to sum it all up!