Here is what we used…
- 4 sheets of plywood (4ftx8ft sanded)
- Brad nails (make sure you read what size nails your brad nail gun takes)
- Paint (we used Gatherings by Magnolia)
And here are the tools we needed…
- HART Tools miter saw
- HART Tools jigsaw
- Brad nail gun
- C Clamps
- Tape measure
We love figuring out ways to do projects with tools we already have on hand as to not add to the cost, so this project in total cost us under $150 for the plywood, primer, and paint that we had to purchase.
The wood came in at around $88 for our wall, which is why we went the plywood route! We priced pre-cut wood boards for our wall, and it would have cost us around $300.
Not bad for a full feature wall!
MEASURE YOUR WALL TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH WOOD YOU NEED
First things first, measure your wall and determine how much wood you need. Then, go grab all the materials you need so you can get rolling!
Pro tip: Get more wood than you think you need just in case you mess up! You can always return it later or simply use it for a future project.
DETERMINE THE SIZE YOU WANT YOUR BOARDS TO BE
If you’re going the plywood route like we did, the next thing you want to do is determine what size boards you want to use for your wall. We went with 4’x8’x1/4″ plywood, so we decided to make our boards 4’x6″.
That way, we could get 16 boards out of every sheet of plywood.
I started by measuring out every 6 inches on the back of my plywood and making marks. I then used a yardstick to draw straight lines exactly 6″ apart. These would be my guides when it came to cutting.
CUT YOUR BOARDS
Once all my lines were drawn on my plywood, it was time to cut my boards. I used my C clamps to secure my plywood to my worktable, then I grabbed my jigsaw.
Note: You could also use a circular saw or table saw for this! I feel as if I can control my jigsaw a little better than my circular saw, so that’s what I went with!
I lined up my jig saw with one of the lines I drew, revved it up, and slowly cut each board, following the lines I drew very closely on the plywood.
After each board I would adjust my clamps and repeat!
DON'T FORGET TO SAND THE EDGES!
Once an entire sheet was cut down into boards, I would take some sandpaper and sand down the sides of each board.