D.I.Y. wood accent wall installation is simple. Even a complete beginner with no construction experience can do it, with minimal preparation and effort. When you purchase accent wall coverings from Walls With A Story, we’ve prepared your boards so that they will be lightweight and smooth on the back. They’re also ripped to your desired widths. This makes installation quick and DIY friendly. Start out with a darker wall color (paint your wall black if needed), then lay out your pattern on the floor so you can picture the look you want to achieve. Starting from the middle of the wall, you can begin installing in a straight line. Simply put any adhesive on the back of the wall covering to place and position your board, then use brad nails on the studs.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! (Plan, Stick, Nail) Anyone can make their accent wall come to life! All you need is a dark background wall, a clear floor space to develop your pattern, the adhesive of your choice, brad nails and a nail gun (or good hammer!). You’ll likely also need a simple jigsaw or mitre saw to make straight cuts across your pre-prepared boards to fit them flush with the sides of the wall.
1. Measure the square footage of your project space and purchase 10-14% square feet of extra wood. (This will account for any loss due to cutting/trimming)
2. Paint the wall behind your wood a dark color, so that no colors are visible through any imperfections or gaps in your wood.
3. Mark out the studs on your wall so that you can put a brad nail, nail or screw into the stud to support the wood. (A stud finder is a simple tool, which helps located studs. If you don’t have one, pick one up at any home store from $10 – $25)
4. Start at either the bottom, the top or in the middle, and you must make sure you first row is level and keep a close eye on subsequent rows.
5. Plan out and decide on a row pattern prior to working on each row.
6. Stagger (offset) the joints of your boards for a better look.
7. We recommend that you lay out as many of your boards as possible prior to putting them on the wall, as this will help you plan for the best looking wall without errors.
8. If possible, end and nail each row on the middle of a stud. If that’s not possible, just nail on the studs.
9. Put construction adhesive on the back of the wood wall covering material, especially at the end of each row and if you weren’t able to end on a stud.
10. After you apply adhesive on the back press firmly on the wood, but do not use so much adhesive that it squishes out.
11. The final row you install will sometimes have to be ripped or trimmed to size to fit the remaining available space.
12. An option to consider if you don’t want to rip to the correct width is to start at the top or bottom or your wall and cover the gap at the top or bottom with base board, crown molding or some other type of trim.
Check out our tutorial video where Andrew walks you through the simple installation process… coming soon!