How to Create a Bay Window Slat Wall
I always love finding new ways to use current trends. I recently installed a slat wall as an accent wall in my boys’ room and loved it so much that I wanted to find another place to install it. Their room also has a bay window which seemed very plain once the slat wall was installed…so what better place to install a wood slat wall than around the bay windows?!
Step 1: Rip Plywood into 1" Slats
Once you determine how much wood is needed for your project, but the plywood into 1″ slats.
Step 2: Sand the Plywood Slats
I started by sanding the cut edges of the plywood. I mainly wanted to get rid of the rough edges since I knew it would be nearly impossible to make them smooth. It was easiest to line all of the pieces up and sand them at once using my orbital sander.
Step 3: Stain the Plywood Slats
I used a paint brush to apply stain to the two cut sides first. Once the sides were stained, I applied a light coat of stain to the front surfaces using a rag.
Step 4: Paint Around the Bay Windows
I painted the surfaces where I would be installing the slat wall…the side walls and the ceiling. Since the wall would not really be seen beneath the slats, I used a cheap matte black paint and applied two quick coats to the accent wall.
Step 5: Install Slats Around Windows
As with the main slat wall, I used both construction adhesive and finish nailer to install the slats. I cut all of the corners on a 45 degree angle. The edges that intersected the baseboard were cut straight. I used a spacer the same width as the slats to make the installation quicker.
Step 6: Trim Out the Window Slats
I decided to trim the entire window with 1-1/2″ wide lattice. This allowed me to trim up the outer edge of the slats and make clean, straight lines on the bedroom wall.
I cut the corners of the lattice on a 45 degree angle. I secured it to the slats that were already installed using construction adhesive and nailed it to the wall using finishing nails.
See this guide on how to trim out a window for a flawless finish!
The finished product was quite stunning! It was the perfect compliment to the accent wall! For more details, see my original post for this bay window slat wall.