DIY Wood Planked Wall


Shiplap is my love language. We coined this when my husband was putting up a planked wall in our entryway for my twenty-ninth birthday gift and well, I loved it so much I put it on a shirt. I’ll have it up in my shop asap. 🙂

Wood is coming back into style and I am loving every bit of it. Our floors at the new house are darker grey tones and very modern looking. Even though I love them, I wanted to warm the entryway up a bit. The whitewashed, faux barn wood we made did the trick!

Here’s how we did it!

We started at the bottom, nailing by hand each board on each stud. Thegreeneyedgroom drew a line up the wall on each stud to make sure it would be visible as we made our way up to the ceiling. (You can see them in the pictures just below.)

The pattern was created by availability of wood cuts, really. Once we got a full board on there was a smaller piece needed. Then we used the rest of that board on the next row.

Since we have a straight end of wood at the ending of the wall, we only used a chop saw and a jig saw for the little bits around the trim above the door.

… and by we, I mean he. haha.

It was a simple process, it just took effort and about 6 hours total. That is including my painting and aging each board.

Even our blueeyedbabies got to help hammer in some of the nails! We used smaller, decorative trim nails and I like how you can see them in the wood. It looks rustic and lived in, and it was just what our entryway needed.

I wanted an aged, barn wood look with a light white wash. I did not want any of the boards to look like a photo copy of each other. So, I winged it! And it paid off.

Some boards I stained first, with my favorite Early American. And the others, I started with dragging a old, ratted brush we have had for about ten years over the top that was coated with white paint. In some places, if I drug the brush against the grain, it would pick up the saw marks from the lumber mill and I really like that look. I also had extra containers full of water that I used to water down some of the stain and to wet my brush after using the white paint to thin it out.

Bottom line … Just go for it. Trust your eye. If you don’t like it, sand it down a bit or paint over it!

Once each board had a bottom coat and dried for about ten minutes in the sun, I added the opposite over top. Some boards I put a thicker coat of stain, others I just wiped it lightly on.


We like how all of the boards look unique and pieced together. And the texture it gives to our home is unmatched, for sure.


1x’s are my new favorite cut of lumber for everything. I used 1×4’s for the entryway, 1×12’s for our dining room shelves, 1×1’s in our farmhouse pantry update, 1×4’s in thegreeneyedgroom’s surprise garage redo, and 1×1’s to make a few custom teepees.

Why do I love them so? They are between 1-2$ a piece, they take stain extremely well, they are good quality wood, and you can pick through the pile, making sure you get a straight piece.

Here is the before … boring, basic, builder grade.


And the after! …



I love it. Now that the house is on the market, my plans of replacing the door with a wood door with a window are gone. However, we know that the effort and equity we have put into this home is going to be so worth it when we sell. And we cannot wait until the right buyer comes along to find their dream home! 🙂

Want to see how we did the trim on the other side? It’s coming tomorrow! Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a beat. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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