Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall

Recently I learned how to create a GIF. I like learning new things. Without a challenge, I get bored. To practice my emerging gif-y skill (let's say its a thing) I thought I'd capture the process of putting together an accent wall that will eventually serve to corral the backpacks, jackets, gloves, and hats that come with this season of the year. 

The first weekend was spent measuring, cutting, and sanding the boards. Fortunately, I had most of the boards I needed and only had to scavenge up one pallet to create the height I wanted.

Left: all washed, sanded, and cut to fit
Right: stained and laid out in the desired pattern
There was some creativity in filling in some odd spaces...but it works! 
Here you can see the different types
of boards used to create one row.

The fence boards were whitewashed and the pallet boards were given a coat of Early American stain. The remainder of the boards were a hodge-podge collection with various widths and wood type. To create a cohesive look among them they were coated with an Espresso stain. 

The following weekend, I arranged the boards into a pattern. The dark boards acted as a "break" in between the light/dark/light/dark pattern. Or you can say they created a "break" in the whole/mixed/whole/mixed length pattern. The fence boards extend the whole width and are not cut. The pallet boards were too short and needed two boards to fill the space. The dark boards are an assortment of lengths as well as widths. Is this confusing? Hopefully, the pictures will help establish the pattern.

Then came the fun part! Gluing and nailing the boards to the wall. 

And here is the debut of my second GIF (the first was work related). 

It turned out better than I'd envisioned it! We're all pleased with the finished product. 

I'll be bargain hunting for hooks to turn this stunning accent wall into a practical "mudroom" type wall. For now, we'll admire it in all its naked beauty!

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  1. What a fun project! It looks beautiful!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

  2. Gorgeous!! And I love the gif. Now if I could just learn the right way to say that word!! ;)

  3. I loved the idea. The result is perfect


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