How can I fill the gaps in my walls?

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What can I use to fill and seal these gaps to keep these cedar wood walls exposed as an accent wall in my living room?

q how can i fill the gaps in my walls

1890’s Cedar Wood walls with gaps. What can I use to fill and seal these gaps to keep this cedar wood walls exposed as an accent wall in my living room?

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 29, 2021

    I watched a home improvement show where they painted the seams or gaps on the wall black. That way the gaps don't show thru the wall color. The black seems to make the exposed area fade away.

    I have a wall in my living room that I used cedar fence planks on and the end result is cute!

  • Janice Janice on Jan 29, 2021

    Hi Charla, hee's some suggestions I found on the web that you might consider. Just depends on the look you'd like to have in your finished wall.


    You could nail thin battens over the gaps. This has often been done on exteriors.

    You could fill the qracks with black acrylic latex caulk.

    You could press rope into the cracks.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 29, 2021

    Are you wanting to fill the gaps to increase the insulation value of the wall, or just to make it more smoother looking?

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jan 30, 2021

    Are these gaps to the outdoors??? If so, I'd recommend putting insulation and the siding on the outside of the wall. If this is interior, I like the idea of battens over the gaps or battens on the rear side of the wall to block light/vision to the planked side.

  • It depends on the look you like, but you can use a clear silicone to fill the gaps. I would also ask at a paint store, they will have some really good suggestions.

  • William William on Jan 30, 2021

    Cover the gaps with "battens" (strips of wood). Different size strips of wood would give an intentional amazing rustic look. Stain or "age" the wood strips with paint.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 31, 2021

    You can also buy various types of jute rope to chink with (fill in the gap by forcing in with a tool), and I've seen some put a varnish on the rope to keep clean. Comes on big rolls, Etsy and Ebay are good sources.


    You could do a traditional log cabin chink by using split branches to cover the gaps, but it is time consuming.

  • Bryan Bryan on Feb 01, 2021

    I would hire a contractor and side my house then on the interior wall install sheet rock. If I still have the cedar installed it would be thankfully out of anyone’s line of vision. I would def also insulate while the wall was open.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 01, 2021

    I would tack on dowels or lattice boards stained and roughed up to the wooden wall.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 01, 2021

    Hi Charla: This site should help:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHQCqnoTBXM


    Good luck

  • Charlie Bienvenu Charlie Bienvenu on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi Charla: I have the exact same problem. Since I have access to the back of the walls... I'm thinking of putting stained batten strips behind the gaps. If I didn't have rear access I'd put the stained battens on top. What did you end up doing and how did it turn out?