Adding Wood Planks to Our Dining Room and Side Wall

9 Materials
5 Hours

Am I the only one that’s noticed a big shift in popularity of anything wood on a wall? I’m guessing we can thank Joanna Gaines for that! I have to agree though, that adding any sort of wood to a wall adds warmth and architectural detail. I’ll also admit that I’m a huge fan of planked walls (shiplap, board and batten, you name it, I love it). That’s why I’ve decided to plank a few areas in my dining room and show you how I added wood planks to our dining room column and side walls.
Over the past year I have become very familiar with adding different types of wood to my walls. I’ve created a faux shiplap wall with no power tools, an easy DIY board and batten with minimal materials, and now I’ve decided it’s time to use real wood to plank our column and side walls.
The wood planks I’m using are from Weaber Lumber. Weaber has a great instructional video on how to install the boards HERE. You can see the boards I received HERE.

Let’s start with the materials list:
  • Finishing Nailer
  • 16 gauge 1-1/2″ nails (made for the nail gun)
  • construction adhesive
  • caulk gun
  • stud finder
  • jig saw or any type of saw  that will cut your boards
  • spackle
  • paint to cover up spackle from nail holes (or if you need to paint the planks)
  • wood planks

I love the “white washed” look of these wood planks because it matches the rest of my house since I’ve used mainly white and gray colors.
Where do we begin?
Pictured above was the "before" photo. It looks good, but I wanted to add a little character to the area.
Where do we begin?
First I had to decide where to install the boards. Since I had a little over 50 square feet to work with, I knew planking an entire wall was out of the question.
We have a column in our dining room that I’ve always wanted to do something with, but I didn’t know what.  So, I decided it was time to wrap the column in rustic white washed wood boards. To tie it all together, and make sure it didn’t look too random, I decided to plank the small walls on each side of the column.

I decided to plank the column and side walls with the wood boards running in a vertical direction rather than horizontal direction. Not to be lazy, but, well, yes it made things A LOT easier to run the wood boards up and down rather than in a horizontal direction. What I really mean is that installing the wood boards up and down required a lot less cuts than if I would have installed the boards in a horizontal direction.

Another great plus by installing the boards in a vertical position is that I did not need to “rip” (cut the width off of any of the boards) any boards because they fit all the walls perfectly! Three boards fit each wall of the column perfectly and left enough space to create the “joint area” on each side of the column.
As you can see the boards were not perfectly square or flat, so they look a little more rustic. At first, I thought this might look cheap or unfinished, but I decided to add moulding to finish it off and I think it completed the look.
What do you think?
Little by little we are adding our own modern farmhouse touches to our modern builder grade home.  I love the way these white washed wood planks add character to a very boring entryway.
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Nom32054258
    on Mar 23, 2018

    Great idea, thanks for sharing your post and LOVE, love your style.

    What color is on the walls?

    Thank you.

    • Lindsey
      on Mar 25, 2018

      Thank you! The color is Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore

  • Trudi
    on Mar 23, 2018

    I like it. I think it is starting to look very farm house. But I have to know, where did you find that table? That is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

    • Lana Hassell
      on Mar 23, 2018

      Lindsey, I also love that table, I went to "HERE" to confirm my suspicions about it's origins, and it did. Very clever use. Lol. May I make two suggestions? One, paint the table base the gray color of the floating shelves. I don't think it would harm the look you are trying for and might protect the iron in the base. Two, move the buffet chest over to the wall under the family pictures. I believe it would make the dining room look larger and not so crammed together in one clump. Just trying it wouldn't hurt. 🌹

  • Danielle Odin
    on Mar 26, 2018

    To attach the top to the base instead of drilling why don't you try rubber caps to keep the top from sliding off.

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  • Marty
    on May 3, 2018

    Thinking of doing something similar in guest bath of my new home!

  • Sue lockett
    on Jun 23, 2018

    I love the white washed beams. They are a very nice touch to bring in rustic flair. I would love to see it on the wall behind your table to tie it into the beams. I think that would add a little texture and more the the look you are going for. Beautiful home,,,

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