Easy Accent Paneling

I should say easy and CHEAP!  I got to start on the nursery this week….which used to be my hubby’s office.  I love the look of the paneling in this room over at Serena and Lily so I drew up my plans and went to Home Depot!
Whitney, being the wonderful sister she is, volunteered to come help me in this project!  I chose to do one accent wall, after much convincing from Whitney, and I’m so glad I did!  This wall measures 175.5″.  Here is my purchase list:
6 Whitewood 1×4’s @ 8ft.
2 Whitewood 1×6’s @ 8ft.
1 box 1 1/4 finishing nails
1 Nail Finishing Kit
Blue Tape
1 tube of Liquid Nails for Paneling
1 tube of white all-purpose caulk
1 gallon of paint – I had Home Depot match to a sample of my trim color
I chose to use Whitewood boards because they are smooth and do not have imperfections.  They are more expensive but much easier to work with!
I started by marking off where I wanted the 1×4’s.  I chose 20″ apart because I like the look of having them spaced out and it worked well with the window and sockets.
We used a Ryobi Miter to cut the 1×4’s to 4ft.  (making the boards under the window shorter).  You can use any saw for this because they are straight cuts.
We put a generous line of Liquid Nails on each board and placed them on the wall.  Our step dad, Tim a.k.a. Bapa, is a builder and he suggests pulling the board away from the wall and back on for a good set with the Liquid Nails.  So, we did:)  We followed up with 3 to 4 finishing nails in each board.  Looking good!
I used this nifty tool to hammer the nails all the way into the wood so you won’t see them.  Very easy and you can get 3 for $1.99.
We attached the 1×6’s to the top using the same technique and then turned a 1×4 flat on the top to form a shelf.  We made sure to sink wood screws down it through the 1×6 for good support.
I followed up by caulking EVERY corner, edge and hole left from the finishing nails.
Finally I taped off the walls to prep for the painting!  We used a paint roller for the walls and a paint brush for the wood, edges and corners.
Here’s the before…
and the after!
I am so happy with the way this turned out and with Whitney’s help it only took about 3 -4 hours!  I spent about $30 on the wood and about $30 on the paint!  Small price for the custom look it gives the room!  I still have a ton left to do in the room but this is a huge start!!! 
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  1. Sara @ Happy As A Lark on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Your blog is one of my very favorites! I totally love the look of this accent wall and was inspired to try it myself. Thanks for the great idea. I love the results. You can see a photo of mine on my blog if you would like 🙂

  2. Valerie on July 19, 2010 at 1:23 am

    that is so cute! what a great start to a beautiful nursery! i am filing this at because i know that someday i will absolutely need this! 🙂

  3. Katie C on July 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Great job! I too love the board and batten look, but can't figure out if you can do "too much" in one area. Seriously, I want to do it EVERYwhere, just to get some style in my house. I love that you did an accent wall. Do you think it's a mistake to do a whole room in it?

  4. Caylee @ Domesticity Evolving on July 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Great tutorial! I love the look that paneling lends to a room.

  5. 1986/6/7 on July 15, 2010 at 11:05 am
  6. Kelly on July 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Looks great! Can you explain how the 2×4 meets up with your floor moulding? I have been wanting to do this but can figure out if I'll need to replace the floor moulding as well.

  7. Janean on July 14, 2010 at 1:00 am

    fan-tab-ulous! we have a very similar wall in our master bedroom at the cottage and adore it!

  8. Traci@ Beneath My Heart on July 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    That looks great! Such a big impact for little money. I am wanting to do some paneling in my younger boys' room. Just don't have the time right now. 🙂
    Hope you sweet girls are doing well.

  9. .jimaie.marie. on July 13, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I love this! It looks so good!

  10. Natalie Catherine on July 12, 2010 at 2:31 am

    lOVE it! great job. i'm wanting to do the same idea in our new house!

  11. Heidi on July 12, 2010 at 12:44 am

    It looks beautiful!! We have the same thing in our family room/dinning room in our little beach house. It is so classic and charming.


  12. The Price's on July 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Nice job on this! I am looking into doing this too! Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. Dianne on July 11, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Looks fantastic!!! I have a question…you just nail the boards into sheetrock, right? Obviously if you're choosing your width, it may or not hit stud, so I'm assuming that's OK? I've been doing some research on this process and I'd love any insight. Thanks!

  14. Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor on July 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I love this idea and have been wanting to do it in my new baby's room – After seeing this – I really want too!!

  15. jen @ {decor junkie} on July 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Looks great! We have this paneling up in our daughter's room too and I love it! It totally changes the look of the room, doesn't it? Great job!

  16. Cara@TheSheetBoutique on July 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    What would we do without our sisters????

  17. Kammy on July 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Love it !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  18. Lolly on July 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    You two CONSTANTLY AMAZE me!!!! That looks wonderful. Do you hire out? I could trade some babysitting for word work around here. I was just showing this to your uncle and he can't believe it either. I love it!!!

  19. Wendy on July 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Great tutorial! We are in the process and moving to a home that needs a lot of TLC. This will be perfect in the halls and our bedroom! Thanks!!
    Loved looking at your before and after pictures. It looks fabulous!

  20. Makalani Adolpho, PLC on July 10, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Turned out great!

    Makaz Home

  21. Kristen on July 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Wow! It looks great!! I'm wanting to do this in our basement…should be un, fun (it's a big basement!)
    Great job!

  22. The Pennington Point on July 10, 2010 at 4:06 am

    It looks amazing. Great job! Lisa~

  23. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking on July 10, 2010 at 3:10 am

    My heart always pitter-patters for board & board. I did our downstairs bath and this week I convinced myself that I want to do our family room too. Great job ladies!

  24. Kathy@theshebearofeleven on July 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Good pictures, step by step, showing how it is done. Looks so nice.

  25. Lori @ on July 10, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I love it! I've been looking for something to do in my sons room where he can display his sports trophies. I'm thinking I can make the top piece a little wider and it will work perfectly! Thanks for all your tips. Love your blog!!

  26. April @ The Painted Cupboard on July 10, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Looks great!!! Thanks for the tutorial…it looks pretty easy 🙂

  27. Kelly @ Lucy's Daughter on July 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Awesome as always! The two of you always inspire me!

  28. Laura PARING DOWN on July 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I love the board and batten look. It's beautiful, and I love that you did choose the window wall for an accent wall. It looks wonderful!

    🙂 Laura

  29. Kelly @ Lucy's Daughter on July 10, 2010 at 1:42 am

    As always, I am amazed by what you two can do with some wood and a few hours! Loving it!

  30. Sarah @HarriganHowdy on July 10, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Oh, my goodness, that's beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration. I can't wait to get into a home of our own… and I'm filing this away for then. 🙂

  31. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on July 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Oh I love the wall. It looks absolutely fabulous. You did a great job. Hugs, Marty

  32. Kelli on July 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

    What a great accent wall!! It seems overwhelming to think about, but the way you described each step makes me think I could try it…maybe someday…thanks for sharing!

  33. The Painted Home on July 10, 2010 at 1:14 am

    perfect!! thanks so much, i am planning this for our dining room and didn't even think of liquid nails! great job! -denise

  34. {Carrie} on July 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I love it and have been wanting to do it myself. Great start a lot of bang for your buck.

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