We recently made it to the portion of moving in where I got to start planning my space for doing lives on facebook. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. We’ve talked about doing the same thing as an accent wall in our forever home when my husband retires from the Military and we move back home. It is inexpensive, and has a huge wow factor!
Cue the fence board shopping trip. We purchased ours at Lowes for $1.38 a piece. They are pressure treated, so keep that in mind. Do your research and make sure you are comfortable with how they are pressure treated, and what chemicals are used when planning your wall. I have no problem using them in my home, I just wouldn’t recommend using them to make counter tops, or cutting boards. Don’t lick your walls on a regular basis y’all and you shouldn’t have any issues! 🙂
It took roughly 20 boards to create our wall. That number will vary depending on the size of your wall.
I laid them all out and sanded them thoroughly with 220 grit sand paper. I sanded until they were smooth to the touch and there was no risk for splinters. Then we went straight to the wall with them. No rhyme or reason to it, we just started cutting pieces in different sizes and offset the lines. I think it looks best if you do not line up all your seams.
Here’s a tip. Unless you are 100% positive your walls are perfectly square, measure the boards directly on the wall. Set it up there and mark with your pencil on the edge before you cut.
We attached the boards using screws, but you are going to want to use an adhesive and nails (preferably a nail/brad gun) if you want them to be permanent. It will have a cleaner look.
Once they were on the walls, I white washed them. White washing is basically painting with white paint you’ve watered down to look like milk. I let them completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Next, I randomly picked boards to paint a gray/blue. Using my water bottle I spritzed the boards that I wanted gray and used very little home made chalk paint and blended it in. If you want to try your hand at making chalk paint, you can get our recipe here.
Once it was completely dry I took my dark antiquing glaze and accentuated the lines between boards, and aged the edges a bit. The final step was to take the sander and go over everything to give it a more weathered look.
It turned out better than I had expected, and that’s no lie! I absolutely love it. So much so, I did my work bench to match.
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