I’d been dreaming of a wood accent wall for a long time. I looked at the peel and stick walls, the wallpaper that looked like wood, paneling, you name it! But what I couldn’t find was the exact look I imagined. I LOVE patterns and knew I wanted a bold statement on this wall. My furniture is dark brown, the carpet is beige, and I desperately want to find a way to add more gray into my house. So I tried to put that all together with this DIY Herringbone Wood Accent Wall and it couldn’t be more perfect.
I used 4 PAINT colors, yes, paint! I thought about using stain, but paint is SO much easier to work with, layer, and frankly clean up. Stain is messy and smells horrible. I used Bungalow 47 Paint in the colors, Clawfoot Tub, Metal Roof, Tarnished Silver, and Wood Beam. Bungalow 47 Paint is a chalk & clay based paint, has no odor, no VOC, dries quick, and can be used on tons of different projects around your home.
Here’s a quick Facebook Live I did!
I will show how I layered the paint to make each board unique and ready for my DIY Herringbone Wood Accent Wall.
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3) Wood. We found the best deal at a local lumber yard, NOT the big box Home Improvement Stores. It was literally 1/3 of the cost at the lumber yard. I just used the cheapest 1×4’s they had. We got them in 8 foot boards and cut them down to 2 foot pieces.
Check out this time-lapse of the DIY Herringbone Wood Accent Wall install!
I did hire a local contractor to install this wall for me. If you are handy with a saw, you can totally do this yourself, but with all the intricate cuts around my windows I knew it would be better this way. He used Liquid Nails to install the wall. It was not necessary to add any physical nails. He started in the center and at the bottom of the wall and let the first row dry a bit. Once the first row is set it then became the support for each board going up the wall.
I was nervous about how permanent this would be once we used the liquid nails. But honestly if I want to change the colors later on, all I have to do is paint over the entire wall. That is another benefit of using paint instead of stain. I could paint this all white, or the actual wall color. There are really endless possibilities for this wall in the future.
I loved this DIY Herringbone Wood Accent Wall so much I decided I needed another in my entry!
I couldn’t be happier with the way this project turned out and can’t wait for you all to try it. When you complete your herringbone wood wall, I would love it if you shared your pics with me!