I have wanted to add some warmth and texture to this room. I love the paint and trim color but wanted to give the space more visual interest and a cottage/coastal feel. Then last week, we were adding some replacement pieces of cedar shake shingles to the outside, and a lightbulb went off! If I used it as an accent wall, it would look pretty and would add the perfect amount of cottage vibe.
How I Used Cedar Shake as an Cottage Style Accent Wall
Here is what the space looked like when we bought the house last Spring. Yikes!
So I was using leftover shingles I had from an outdoor project. I lined the cedar shake shingles along the wall to decide the pattern (cedar shake comes in different widths within the box).
I then used a pneumatic nailer (you can rent these from your nearest big box store) to attach the shingles to the wall with the thin side at the top. I made sure to nail them three inches from the top, where the next row would cover the nail holes.
I kept the rows going until……I RAN out of shingles!! Normally this would not be a big deal. However, if you have recently tried to DIY anything (wood products especially), they are shipping very slowly. Another box would be three to four weeks, and I couldn’t wait. We had Airbnb guests checking in later in the week. So I sort of “Hodge podge,” the last corner piece, and moved on to a plan “B.”
Before we get to plan B, First, I lightly hand sanded the shingles as they were a little rough. I then whitewashed the cedar. Whitewashing is a simple process that I have used before. Dilute some leftover paint with water and paint it on. I used three parts water to one part paint and wiped it on with a rag to apply.
I then went over it to add more color wherever I thought it needed more coverage and even it out.
Back to plan B. I had a little more than half of a wall covered with shingles, so what to do? I decided to add a plant shelf. A shelf would act as a stopping point and allow for more color!! Bonus win. I painted the shelf the same color as the wall trim (SW Morning Fog).
Here it is finished. YAY!
I love the texture and the look! And it smells WONDERFUL!
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