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. 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!

  2. [email protected] on July 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    What would we do without our sisters????

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

    Love it !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

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

    Turned out great!

    Makaz Home

  7. 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!

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

    It looks amazing. Great job! Lisa~

  9. 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!

  10. [email protected] on July 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

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

  11. 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!!

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

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

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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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. 🙂

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. {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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