Mixed Wood Wall – Easy & Cheap DIY

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

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 created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

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 created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

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.  I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

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 created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

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 created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

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.

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

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.

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

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 created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

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.

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

So easy!  A mixed wood wall look that’s easy and cheap.

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

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.

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

You can see the progress we’ve made – a things to consider before installing sliding doors – HERE

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I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

 

Thanks for stopping by!

April

 

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64 Comments on “Mixed Wood Wall – Easy & Cheap DIY

  1. Look at you go! This is so great and I love the color combo your created. The perfect look for your home.

  2. April…how big is the space you did? This is exactly what we are thinking of doing behind our couch. You always do such an awesome job!!

      • Thanks so much!! I have ~ double that space I believe (76 sq ft if my math is correct 😛 ) Gives me a great heads up bc I was pricing things out too and the wall was coming out waaay more than I wanted to spend on a wall.

        • Oh yeah, give this a shot! So easy and cheap! Those fancy peel and stick panels were going to cost me $600 for this space!!

  3. I love that you used different stains for some cool variety! And two different colored nails is a very professional touch:) Nicely done!!

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  7. Great job on the wall April!!! I can’t wait to see it finished with the bar:). Thanks so much for sharing @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Hope you are having a great week. Take care, Tara

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  9. This looks awesome!! I love the mix of stains – it gives the wall so much texture and visual interest. Congratulations on being the most-clicked link at last week’s Creative Spark party!
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  13. Wow this looks amazing!! I cannot believe how cheap it was to make too. I love wood walls it adds such a great feeling to a room this is no exception! Thanks for linking up with Inspire Me Monday. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Wow! I love the look of the wall. Very creative! Mixing wood to give that look was a great idea. And at $40?! It’s like wooooow!!!

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  20. I love this! I have a question – On the boards that you used two stains did you use any certain percentage when combining (ex: 80/20, 50/50, 60/40 etc). Specifically I am looking at the Red Oak/Grey combo.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Elizabeth! I used about 50/50 on all of them, but just freehand-ing it. No measurements. I loved the Red/Oak grey combo so much I did the entire top of the bar that color to match. It was my favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. i love this! I was looking for wood stain mixes on pinterest and loved your combos. Is there something you seal the color with? I am finishing up my first project and would love your input 🙂

    • Hi Delene! So glad you found me. I usually use polyurethane, but with these I used a spray poly (like spray paint). Just depended on what it’s going to be used for. If it’s a flat surface that has a chance for liquids to be spilt, then go with regular poly. If it’s like this were it is vertical, the spray should work just fine!

      • one is a tv console (from ana white) and the rest is like coffee table and a console behind the couch. 🙂 thank you so much

  22. I love what you do with the wood this is what am looking for to finish my bedroom thinks.

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