The Great Wall

For the past few weekends Chris and I have been working on Oliver’s room, and I’m relieved to say that I think the most labor intensive parts are done! We’ve sanded, we’ve painted, and re-painted and re-painted and built one heck of a planked wall, which I posted on Facebook and Instagram and a lot of people seemed to have an interest on how we did it and ask for more pictures. I took a few through our process and so this is how Chris was able to “nail” (pun intended) this Pinterest inspired accent wall.

There are still a few weeks worth of finishing touches, but hope to post the final room reveal by the end of the month! But for now, here are some glimpses of the “before” photos!

d18fc804-0aae-424d-b695-b332f3552cf0_zps5a3e97c2 When we first moved in we knew we were going to paint so we didn’t hang anything or really decorate. We sort of just moved in Ollie’s stuff and kept things pretty minimal. #sadroom

IMGP8190 IMGP8193 The painting process is the worst! I’m so glad we are almost done with the rooms in our house, the dark navy color we picked didn’t make things any easier. It took several coats and of course, we are continuing to paint over the oak and turn our trim white.

f1063dbc-09f4-4314-93dd-2326dd537bc7_zps4cc15599 440dd338-5c7b-41c9-aa03-318b3d3adc15_zps0ccbc761 The white fan that came with the house had horrendous lighting and wasn’t really our style so we replaced that in the process.


0cc73987-7c67-46d4-812b-b25aee435a45_zpse10d27e6 We purchased roughly 40, 8-foot pieces of pine wood from Home Depot, totaling around $100. Chris used his miter saw to cut the pieces in sections of 4-5 feet. Using a level and brad nailer, Chris started building the wall on top of the drywall. Once the wall was up, we used the same stain from this post, and thankfully only needed one coat.

59182548-b5cb-4d1d-bf3a-faef61892072_zps8bb4db0c eaceddb3-77b2-414e-b392-63dde532efd1_zps55127a0e 1ba7a6e3-3775-4f80-adb4-e33eba0cc954_zps33122cb9 51411e4a-05ce-4958-afb2-2d3042bee51d_zps457a2799 So there you have it. Probably one of the easier projects we’ve tackled, but more time intensive than we originally thought. Let me know if you have any other questions on how to do your own and I’d be happy to help!

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  • Reply Michelle

    And the fan… It stays? I personally like it.

    August 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Chris is going to alter it but it’s staying! :)

      August 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Cari

    Looks great, Claire!!! I love the rustic look. You guys are doing great with redecorating the house.

    August 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Thanks Cari! Thanks for reading too-you are so sweet to comment…

      August 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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  • Reply two birds

    That wall is amazing!!

    August 21, 2014 at 10:48 am
    • Reply clairecilip

      Thank you!!

      August 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Becki

    LOVE the room! What is the wall color??

    February 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Hi Becki,

      The wall color is Accessible Beige but lightened 50%!

      February 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply clairecilip


      Actually sorry! I thought you were referring to my living room…the wall color in this post is Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy :) Sorry about that!

      February 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    thank you for sharing. I absolutely love this and will be attempting for my 9 year old son’s room

    February 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Awesome, good luck!

      February 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm
      • Reply dawn

        quick question….did you remove the baseboard…and then reinstall?

        February 26, 2015 at 11:09 pm
        • Reply clairecilip

          Hi Dawn,

          Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! We did not remove the baseboard (although you could) we actually just made a smaller strip to fit the gap between the last line and the baseboard. Since it was at the bottom and all stained anyway, you can’t tell that it’s not the same size.

          April 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Tristen Fargo

    Where is the crib from? I’m obsessed with the wood wall and wall color and am totally copying you!

    March 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Hi Tristen,

      Sorry for the delay! The crib is from Target :)

      April 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Hello, what was the stain used on the pine wall? Thanks!

    March 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Teresa

    This is beautiful! Where did you get the ottoman? Love that too!

    April 11, 2015 at 11:48 am
    • Reply clairecilip

      Hi Teresa,

      Thank you! I got the ottoman from Target :)

      April 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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  • Reply Krissi

    Love the wood wall!! Can you stain the wood before hanging it on the wall? I would think the fumes would be horrible inside the house and less potential for making a huge mess with the stain.

    April 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      You could totally do it that way Krissi! It actually didn’t make too much of a mess and we put the windows up for a few hours, but either way would totally be fine I would think. Good luck!

      April 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Lake Girl

    Why did you choose to install wood paneling from the top down? We are getting ready to do a barnwood wall in our grandson’s nursery and have been trying to figure out the best way to begin.

    April 20, 2015 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Chelsea Gazay

    Hi! We are planning to do this in our nursery… Thanks for the post! My husband would like to know how thick the boards are that you used and was it tongue and groove?

    May 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply Chelsea Gazay

      Found the answer to my questions :)

      May 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm
      • Reply clairecilip

        Oh good! Sorry couldn’t get to you quicker! They were just 2×4’s though! Good luck and thanks for visiting :)

        May 12, 2015 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Brett

    My wife and I have been wanting to do this to our son’s room when he upgrades to a big-boy room. Could you clarify the size of the boards? I am assuming you used the 1×4 8ft “furring strips” from HomeDepot? Your previous response to the size question mentioned 2×4’s, which would seem awfully heavy?

    July 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply clairecilip

      Hi Brett,

      We did use 2×4’s actually and they didn’t seem too heavy but you are right, it might have been wiser to use something like you mentioned. I think either way you go is fine. Good luck!!

      July 17, 2015 at 8:50 am
    • Reply Ashley

      Hi Brett, did you end up using the 1×4 8′ furring strips? If so, how did it work out? Are you able to post pics?

      November 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm

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