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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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. 🙂

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

  8. 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!

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