How We Transformed Our Master Bedroom With a Plank Accent Wall

11 Materials
2 Weeks


This master bedroom accent wall was long in the making but man, was she worth the wait.

Until we did this project, our house palette was pretty light and neutral – white kitchen, greige walls, wood accents.

We went back and forth on whether to have a dark accent wall and a white color on the rest of the walls or a white plank wall but we didn’t want it to look too cottage-y or farmhousey with the white planks, so dark it was.

Between the color choice and cutting the planks thicker than most shiplap-type walls, we got the more modern accent look we were going for and we spent weeks afterwards casually walking by our open bedroom door to marvel at it multiple times a day. We’re losers like that.

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Measure your space

Here's the room before we got started.Measure multiple times. You’re going to want to measure the height and width of your entire wall a couple of times if you want to avoid an argument in the plywood aisle of Lowe’s.With that measurement, figure out how thick you want your plywood planks to be and how many of them will evenly fit within the height measurement of your wall, accounting for the tiny gap between each plank (we used a penny for this as an indication of how small a gap we’re talking about between each of them.)For us, our planks were 9.5 inches thick and we needed 10 of them to fit in the wall height measurement. Our wall is 171.5 inches wide so one single piece of plywood wouldn’t stretch that whole way across.Cut your planks, then sand

A table saw would be ideal for cutting your wood planks, but we used a circular saw and it got the job done. We measured out the lines to cut, then held up our circular saw blade to the line, measuring the distance between the blade and the edge of the base plate then we clamped down a straight piece of wood to the plywood as a guide so we could keep the saw straight while we cut.We ended up with 20 planks that were 9.5 inches tall and 85.75 inches wide to make 10 rows when assembled on the accent wall.After that, sand them down so they're smooth and can be painted easier.Glue, nail, repeat

We started with the planks closest to the ceiling and worked our way down, under the assumption it would be more noticeable if we got to the end and needed to fill in or cut off part of a piece at the top than it would be at the bottom where our bed and nightstands would hide the problem anyway.The nailing step will probably require two people unless you’re good at multitasking and are steady-handed. One person held the wood panels in place while the other was on a step ladder with the nail gun. You don’t need too many nails to hold it in place but if you see a spot where it’s not laying flat then shoot one in there for good measure. Don’t be shy about it.Wood fill the gap in the middle

If your wall is small enough you don't need to do two halves with a seem in the middle, that's great!For us, we needed to use wood fill between the gaps in the boards to make it look like one long piece across.Leave the gap between the top and bottom of the boards, though.Sand wood filler down

Once the wood filler is dry, sand it all down flat (while wearing a mask) and wipe down the whole wall with a cloth to get rid of the dust that will most certainly be stuck to your walls and ruin your paint job.Add primer

Next, put on a coat of primer to ensure even, smooth coverage of the paint – another step that’s worth your time for the end product.Paint

Once that primer is dry (you might need to coats) it's time to finally paint.Whether you go bold or something neutral your last step is to paint the panels. Then you can decorate your room and enjoy!

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Dolly Syrek
    Dolly Syrek
    on Feb 3, 2021

    Beautiful, but where did the barn doors on the left come from?

  • Amy Bliss Firkins
    Amy Bliss Firkins
    on Feb 3, 2021

    Did you move the door? Original picture has door to the right of the windows. Finished pic has no door and a barn door on the left. Looks great, just a little confused

    • Emma @ Shoe Makes New
      Emma @ Shoe Makes New
      on Feb 5, 2021

      Hey Amy, we did! We closed off the door to the right of the window in the first pic and that's why we did the planked wall to start with - a creative way to hide our terrible wall paneling/drywalling skills!

      We added the barn door in our plans so we had a direct access to the bathroom to make it more like a 'real' main bedroom :)

  • Rena Noele
    Rena Noele
    on Feb 5, 2021

    What is the height of the white baseboard? Is the center of the sconce in the center of the 5th plank from the bottom? With those two answers, I can calculate the height of the sconce.

    • Rena Noele
      Rena Noele
      on Feb 11, 2021

      Nancy, what does 6th mean? It's not the number of planks from the bottom. It's not the measurement for the center that I'd asked Emma.

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