Herringbone Accents

6 Materials
2 Hours

After painting and updating the exterior of our house we were looking for a way to add some more modern accents. Here is what I did.

Step 1 determine size

After measuring the area where these would be installed I determined the measurements around 52 inches long and between 18-20 inches wide. Using 1x4 Cedar fence picket board I cut to length at 52inches. 6 boards side by side made up 22inches I decided to go with the for width.

Step 2 Start pattern

After cutting each piece down to length and laying out on work bench I then used the cutoff pieces to start my design. 6 boards made it pretty simple to find my center point. I aligned each piece starting at bottom corners to the center. Staggering for the herringbone pattern.

Step 3 Continue pattern

I then cut pieces to size and continued my pattern I had started securing each piece using a brad nailer and finishing nails. Continue this for the entire length of your boards.

Step 4 Cut flush

Once entire pattern has been complete I then turned the project over and cut all of the edges off flush using a circular saw. This keeps the time and guess work out of determining all of the angles in the beginning.

Step 5 Add frame

Using a table saw I ripped a few of the fence boards right down the middle. I used these pieces to make a frame/boarder around the edges. This section was also secured using brad nailed with slightly longer nails for a better hold.

Step 6 Finishing

At this point I lightly sanded all edges and entire front using an orbital sander and 180 grit paper. I then painted my from using an exterior black paint that was used on trim for the house. These are now mounted next to windows on the deck for a shutter look. May add some pots and flowers to these at a later date but definitely a nice touch all alone.

Step 7 Build another

Using slightly different measurements I made another one for the front of the house and attached our house numbers and mounted for a beautifully updated accent. Sky’s the limit with DIY

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3 questions
  • George
    on Jul 18, 2020

    You didn't use sealant on the Cedar fencing boards you used for the herringbone pattern?????

    • Mike
      on Jul 19, 2020

      These are pressure treated they will be sealed after the season a few months

  • Sharon
    on Jul 18, 2020

    Approximately how much did this cost to make?

    • V Smith
      on Jul 18, 2020

      It says $80, 2 hrs. , and it is rated as 'Easy' at the top of the article.

  • Scott Brown
    on Jul 19, 2020

    What did you use as a backing to nail the pickets to?

    • Mike
      on Jul 20, 2020

      Once I laid the pickets out I just held them tight together and as I nailed all of the herringbone pieces in it tightened and secured everything in place. Then by framing it I was able to strengthen it even more

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