How To Make A Multicolored Wood Accent Wall
Our kitchen had that boring wall sticking out with the laundry closet behind it. For nearly a year since we moved in, we brainstormed on what to do with that wall. Originally, I wanted to do something bright and crisp, maybe white to brighten the kitchen.
Mr. Tropical wanted something rustic and has a lot of character. We couldn’t decide on one idea until we went to Home Depot one day. We spotted these packs of beautifully weathered wood boards in various shades. I told him I wanted those white ones and he wanted those rustic ones.
So, we compromised and got one pack of white wood boards and about four packs of wood boards in various shades.
Now, I will show you how we did this multicolored wood accent wall in our kitchen!
This tutorial is pretty easy to do if you are handy. If not, then it might be complicated. However, once you’ve done several wood planks, it will get easier.
Set out all shades of wood and white ones in the garage or wherever you have open space.
Lay the wood out and decide on which shade to go with first, then second and so on. I didn’t want my wall to have the darkest wood next to the white, so I try to make sure I put lighter shades of wood next to the white ones. So, it would flow better visually. Do whatever you want your accent wall to look like.
We started at the bottom of the kitchen wall just because there was a smaller space to work with.
What you would need for this multicolored wood accent wall project:
After you have chosen which wood board to go with first, measure the wall and cut the first piece of wood board to fit.
Apply liquid nail onto the piece of wood and attach it to the bottom of the wall.
If your wall has corners, then cut a piece of wood to fit that corner. I alternated how the corner end looks like (see the picture below).
After you’ve done the bottom piece, use a level tool to make sure it is straight. If not, adjust it until it is straight.
Place several nickels onto the top of the wood board.
Cut the next piece of wood to fit, apply liquid nail and attach to the wall, use a level tool, then nickels. Repeat.
Once I’ve done the smaller space, I cut the wood plank pieces in different sizes and try to use the leftover wood pieces before using the new uncut wood board pieces.
When the wall is done, check all wood planks to make sure they are not loose.
Since my wall is textured and not really straight, there were some loose wood board ones.
We used thin nails and hammer those through the loose ones.
My ceiling wasn’t level, so we had to use a pencil to draw a line across the wood board and cut it to fit.
I loved how some corner wood ends looked unfinished. It gives it more character.
If you want the cut ends to match the wood boards, then you could use a foam brush and some watered down paint to match the wood shade.
Maybe I will do this eventually. However, for now, they will remain unfinished.
The wall compliments all wood colors we have in the area (kitchen and living room)! Now, all wood furniture we have flows together better.
If you want some more design or renovating ideas, check this guest bathroom renovation we did in our previous home!