DIY – Accent wall from Reclaimed wood


    DIY – Accent wall from Reclaimed wood

    by Artie Wallace



    More and more I am finding that both customers and people online are getting back to nature with their home designs. 

    What better way to do this then with a wood accent wall?

    Best of all on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the hardest) on the DIYer skill level, this project only rates at a 4.



    There are so many options, patterns and other variations to choose from, that I could write another book on this topic alone, so to keep it simple, I am going to focus this article on the most common of the options.


    Let’s start off with a list of what you will need and where to get it:


    1-   An adequate supply of reclaimed (or pallet) wood. If you check online, you can easily find somewhere local to get free pallets and take them apart, but after doing so, I can tell you that this can turn into a project itself. To save yourself a lot of work you can buy the wood ready to install. Here are 2 examples of wood that I have used on jobs: Example 1,   Example 2


    2-   Liquid nail: There are different types of Liquid Nail, be sure to get the Construction Adhesive


    3-   Finishing Nails: You will want to use 4D (1 ½ inch) nails, click here for an example.


    4-   Miter saw: To keep your end cuts straight, you’ll want to use a Miter saw with a 60t  blade


    Here is how to install your wood accent wall:


    1-   Starting at the ceiling with a full board from one of the corners, apply a bead of liquid nail along the center of the back of the board. Place it in place on the wall and put one nail in each end to keep it from moving while the liquid nail dries.


    2-   Repeat step one going across the top of the wall. When you get to the last piece, measure and cut to length, then install it.


    3-   For the second row, start at the same corner where you started before. This time you will cut the first board in half before installing it, creating a staggered effect in the boards.


    4-   Continuing this pattern to the floor alternating between full and half boards.


    5-   The boards will not meet the floor perfectly, so run them till they are as close as you can get. Then using a final row as a molding, run a last row along the floor itself covering the gap between the floor and the previous row.


    6-   For additional accent, you can run an additional row along the ceiling line and the walls to create a molding effect.


     Congratulations,  you just created a beautiful wood accent wall.

      Please feel free to send in your completed projects to the email address below.



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    With over 30 years experience in the home improvement field, Artie Wallace (owner of Rockaways Handyman) can help you with most of your DIY questions. For more information about Artie Wallace or Rockaways Handyman, visit his website at, like him on Facebook at, or email your questions to



    Please post your comments below and let me know if you found this areicle helpful and/or inmormative.


    All comments are greatly appreciated.




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