If you’ve been searching high and low for how to DIY a faux wood bedroom feature wall, you’re in the right place friend!
Picture this: The year my fiancé and I were getting married, we decided to paint the accent wall in our future bedroom a bright red color.
I had never lived on my own, I had no sense of interior decor or design style, so I just went with the color because we were between that and purple.
They say you either love or hate red in interiors, and while I don’t like using the word “hate,” I will say I got tired of the color eventually and we found ourselves thinking about new ideas a few years later.
Brainstorming a DIY Bedroom Feature Wall
Initially I was going to paint the wall white, but I also knew the impact of feature walls. I had been browsing Pinterest and every time I came across a faux wood feature wall, it always stopped me in my “scrolling tracks.”
There was something so magnificent and beautiful about them.
We discussed various ideas and went to Home Depot and Rona to check out their selection of materials.
Hello Large Faux Wood Panels
We stumbled on some boxes of pre-cut barn wood boards. While they looked beautiful, we knew it would take a lot longer putting it together compared to buying larger pieces (and cost more too).
Enter 8×12 panels.
Rona had some amazing selection of bigger panels, everything from shiplap, faux wood and brick. The perfect solution to creating your own feature wall.
Materials Needed For DIY Faux Wood Bedroom Feature Wall:
- 3 8×12 ft panels (may vary accordingly depending on your wall measurements)
- Skilsaw (also known as Circular Saw)
- 2 tubes of PL400 glue
- Brad nailer
- Brad nails
How to DIY Your Own Faux Wood Bedroom Feature Wall
1. Measure the length and width of your walls. (If your walls are higher than 12 feet tall, you will need more than 3 panels).
One important caveat before we continue: the 8×12 panels are pre-made to go vertically on your (12-foot tall) walls, but I wanted them to run horizontally because I loved the faux wood look this way more.
Our bed also had paneling that already ran vertically and I felt it important to break up that pattern so it wouldn’t become too overbearing.
For these reasons, we chose to have the panels run horizontally, which meant we had to do a bit more measuring and cutting.
Either way looks great and will work, but vertically running the panels will be easier for you – it depends on your preference.
For the intents and purposes of this tutorial, I’ll be sharing the horizontal version since that is what we did, what you’ve seen in the photos and may be considering replicating.
2. Research your faux wood panels (or whichever design you would like) of preference and order all supplies.
3. Remove any furniture and light sconces from the wall.
4. Attach your first panel on the upper right hand corner of your wall.
Here’s how to attach the panels (work with one at a time, with a partner):
- First: Ensure that you measure and cut out of the panel with a jigsaw any area where you don’t want it covering something on the wall (like outlet covers and light sconce canopies).
- Second, place the panel upside down on the floor.
- Next, swirl PL400 glue generously over the back. It doesn’t need to be literally covered, this is just an extra step to help adhere the panel and not have any bulging or buckling of the wall in the future.
- Lift the panel with a partner and adjust it (front facing) to the wall.
- Finally, using a brad nailer, insert brad nails at one-foot intervals on the outermost part of the panel (my husband placed them where the knots were so it just blended in).
5. Attach the second panel on the lower left hand corner of your wall.
6. Measure the remaining two sides of the wall, then cut the third and final panel “in half” with your skilsaw accordingly.
7. Attach the final two panels to the lower right hand corner and upper left hand corner to complete the wood feature wall (refer back to diagram in step 5 for reference).
You may be wondering why we spread them up this way. We wanted to make sure that the wall would look as authentic as possible since we decided to install it horizontally rather than vertically.
We didn’t want any “obvious” markings or have it looking one and the same at the top, and because we had to cut the final panel we placed them strategically in different spots this way.
It worked out really well and we were both so happy with the end result.
My husband had a friend helping him with the project and no lie, it only took them two hours to get the wall up.
If you’ve been researching and pondering a faux wood feature wall, go for it! It makes a stunning statement in any room.
We have friends who installed this same paneling in their home, not just in their bedroom but also in their basement family room for a feature wall.
The possibilities are endless, and the impact it makes is amazing.
I still catch myself stepping into the bedroom and end up admiring the beauty of these panels. You’d never know it wasn’t real stained wood.
Let me know what you think of this project and please reach out to me with any questions you may have below in the comments!
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