Updated on March 16, 2016
Mixed Wood Wall – Easy & Cheap DIY
Hi all! I’ve got a fun little project for you and a sneak peek into the new bar/entertaining area. I kept seeing those ads on Facebook for those beautiful mixed wood walls. I thought they were stunning, but alas, I don’t have the kind of dough it costs to purchase them. I was determined though, and I wanted to recreated this look. A simple solution would be to use reclaimed wood. Here’s the thing about that, though. I never have any. It can be hard to find. Sometimes when you want to finish a project you don’t have time to run around looking for reclaimed wood. I wanted that mixed wood wall for easier and cheaper. So, here is what I did.
I started by walking around Lowes, looking for inspiration. I found it in this economical paneling. They were on sale for $10 for a set of six. I grabbed 3 packs and took them home.
I measured the space and cut them to fit, using different lengths for each board. After that I sanded them down. They didn’t need much sanding, they were pretty smooth, but at the ends where the I cut them needed a little bit.
To create a mixed wood wall look, I got to staining. I wanted it to fit in with the greige walls, brick and metal surrounding it. I love mixing materials, in case you can’t tell.
I used some leftover stains from other projects. This was the perfect project to use leftover stain on. I started by mixing each color with Minwax classic grey. I used about a half and half mix. I then just stared to apply the stains in a varying pattern across the boards. I did take pics of the differences in the mixed stains to show you what it looked like.
I wanted a more industrial look, but you could easily go more heavy on the grey and even white wash for a more farmhouse look. Easy to play around with and great for getting rid of all those little bits of stain left over from other projects. I did two coats on each board, writing the colors on the back so I wouldn’t forget.
Once they were dry, I wanted to bring them all together a little more. So, I mixed some classic grey with classic oak and added a little water to make a very thin glaze. I applied the glaze all over all the boards and this helped to make them look a little more uniform.
After this, I started to install them. They were so easy to put up. It took me about 40 min. Since they are paneling, they just have a little tongue and groove so they stack on top of each other.
I bought two different colored paneling nails and found the stud lines. I drilled a small starter hole in the paneling. They are cheap panels, so I figured they would split pretty easily. Then I used the color nail that fit in best with each panel and nailed them to the wall as I went up.
So easy! A mixed wood wall look that’s easy and cheap.
So, that’s it! If you had told me I’d actually be putting wood paneling UP instead of taking it down, I’d have told you you’re crazy. But, if this goes out of style or I get tired of it, it’ll come down quickly without more than small nail holes.
You can see the progress we’ve made – a things to consider before installing sliding doors – HERE
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