How to Make a DIY Wood Slat Accent Wall

Make your own DIY wood slat accent wall with this easy video tutorial. You can modify the design for horizontal, vertical, painted or stained slats.

I am always trying to push my designs to the next level. When we renovated our kids’ bedroom in the fall, I wanted to add a fun wooden feature wall, and my husband’s response was, “because it’s not just enough to add a million stencils”, lol. We did add stencil walls, and they look amazing, but the DIY Wood Slat Accent wall that we did, added something special to the room, and defined it’s own little reading nook for them.

Slat walls like these are gaining popularity, and I love it! You can do horizontal versions, vertical ones, painted ones, or stained ones. So far, I haven’t seen one that I didn’t like! So I decided to try something new, and paint one black on black. The results look amazing as part of our kids’ bedroom, and as part of my staged adult reading nook.

Video Tutorial for a Wood Slat Accent Wall

If you want to try to make your own, I’m sharing all of the written instructions below, but here is a video tutorial to help supplement all of the instructions as well. Watch how the whole wall came together in just a couple of days.

How to Make Your Own Wood Slat Wall

Materials Needed:

Tools Needed:

using wood planer

Instructions:

This project was so fun, and so easy. We built our slat wall as part of a weekend renovation of our kids’ room (where we renovate an entire room in our home in just one weekend). We built this accent wall along with stencil walls, painting, building a little play house, and assembling furniture.

cutting wood slats for modern feature wall

We planed the boards smooth, cut them to length, and cut all of our boards into slats.

wood slats for modern accent wall

When the slats were ready, we sanded down the fronts and edges, and then gave them one coat of paint before putting them up on the wall. We also gave one coat of paint to the wall that the slats were going to go up on.

black painted slats for bedroom wall

Finally, we brought the slats to the room, cut them down to size, and attached them to the wall with construction adhesive and a nail gun.

Once everything was attached, we filled all of the nail holes, and then sanded them down and did one last coat of paint.

Our Finished Wood Slat Accent Wall

This wall was originally created for our children’s bedroom. It is a beautiful, modern backdrop to their reading nook and their cute indoor playhouse.

accent wall in kids bedroom
DIY black feature wall
modern kids bedroom with slat wall

I wanted everyone to get an idea of how this room would look in an adult space too, so I briefly removed all of the furniture and staged an adult reading nook. One day I’ll take this bedroom back for myself and actually get to use this little reading spot.

Wood Slat wall in reading nook
painted slat wall for bedroom
modern reading nook with slat wall
How to Make a Wood Slat Accent Wall

How to Make a Wood Slat Accent Wall

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 4 hours
Active Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 14 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $100

Make your own DIY wood slat accent wall with this easy video tutorial. You can modify the design for horizontal, vertical, painted or stained slats.

Materials

  • Wood Boards or MDF (1/2" thick)
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Wood Filler
  • Black Paint

Tools

  • Mitre Saw
  • Table Saw

If you love the look of modern feature walls, you should definitely check out our Modern Moulding Feature Wall tutorial too!

stunning modern moulding accent wall

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