You can check out our progress week by week to see how we pulled it off.
I’ve always been drawn to farmhouse style. And let’s face it, the farmhouse trend has become a bit of an obsession for many of us right now. I love that cozy, worn-in feeling and I wanted our bedroom to reflect that. I dreamt of a bedroom that conveyed that vintage farmhouse feel, with a little bit of romance thrown in. I knew I’d have to do a bit of convincing to get my husband on board, but he eventually agreed to help make my vision a reality.
A big part of that vision was adding some much needed interest and character to our bedroom. It’s a huge room and it lacked any type of architectural elements to help it feel cozy and welcoming. When we started I had three distinct ideas floating around my head. First, I thought about adding trim to the walls to create a picture rail. Secondly, I considered adding a plank wall behind our bed (I couldn’t get shiplap out of my head after too many episodes of Fixer Upper). And lastly, I thought about building a paneled wall behind our bed and painting it a creamy white. I loved all of these ideas, but I finally decided on the paneled wall. I thought it was a timeless choice and I knew it would transition well with whatever future changes we made to our room.
One of the updates we had made to our bedroom prior to this makeover was painting horizontal stripes on the wall behind our bed. I loved these stripes for a long time, so it was with a heavy heart that the Mr. covered over the stripes he had lovingly (and painstakingly) painted for me three years ago. I have to admit, I was a little sad to see those stripes go, but I’m so happy with the end result.
This is one of my favourite projects we’ve completed so far. It was relatively inexpensive (it cost us about $100 for supplies), and it adds such an impact. There are a few different ways you can create a panel wall, but we decided to go with five squares along the top with five large rectangles underneath each square. We considered creating the wall solely out of squares, but I thought it might look too busy. I like the simplicity that the rectangles add.
- Nail Gun
Subtract the total width of the pieces from the overall length of the wall. For example, the length of our wall is 132″ (132″ – 24″ = 108″). And then divide that number by the number of panels you are creating (108″ / 5 = 21.6″). This will give you how many inches are needed between each piece of wood you add (vertically). Here’s a handy little calculator we made for you to use as a guide – CALCULATOR
We made one square panel at the top of each rectangle panel to add a little extra depth. For this we just made it into a perfect square 21.6″ x 21.6″.
Once you have determined the placement of each panel, secure the pieces of wood on the wall with a nail gun. Fill the holes with filler and any spaces with caulking and allow to dry before sanding.
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