Thanks for all of the sweet comments on Hayley’s Nautical Room Redo!!
This will be the last post on the room for awhile 🙂 I had a lot of emails wondering how I made the Rustic Focal Board Wall in her room.
Here’s what I did:
The whole room redo started off when I saw these boards at Lowe’s:
I brought them home and painted them three different colors:
I experimented a little with how many boards of each color. I knew that I wanted the majority of the boards to be a neutral white. But I wanted to bring in the navy and a little bit of yellow for fun.
- I painted the boards.
- I sanded the boards.
- The once the boards were painted I put a light layer of stain over them all.
- And then I dry-brushed white over the colored boards to make them look old.
- Once the boards were painted, I measured the height from the top of the bottom molding to the bottom of the crown molding in the room and then cut all of the boards to that length.
- I laid all of the boards out against the wall to figure out the placement of the boards.
- And since I wanted to install wall sconces, I measured out those spaces, cut out the space in the drywall, and then my father-in-law cut out the space in the boards using a jigsaw. And how cool is this jigaw, it has a laser that shoes the saw line. Such a FUN DIY tool. I want one!!!
- Since the wall wasn’t exactly the same width as the boards, the last board we had to cut vertically before we nailed it into the wall.
- And if you don’t like the rustic look at the top of the boards, you can cover that up with some quater-inch molding. It will make the project look a little more sophisticated. I was going for a more rustic look, so I left it with the cut edges at the top.
- Then my husband and my father-in-law installed the boards. We used a nail gun and compressor — so much easier than a traditional hammer! The last thing I did was fill in the nail holes with caulk and then go over the caulk with a little of the matching paint.
I love the character the boards add to the wall.
And guess what???? I was at Lowe’s the other night and found another type of board to use in the connecting guest room. I am starting on that project this weekend. I want the two rooms to be similar since they share a common bathroom, but this new paneling project will have it’s own spin. I can’t wait to get started!!
And for more information on the other projects in this space, check out:
Have a Happy Thursday!!