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Stunning DIY Wood Accent Wall

Gorgeous Wood Accent Wall! Make your own stunning feature wall with this simple DIY tutorial! Looks amazing in this modern entryway!

A DIY wood panel wall

If you asked me right now what my favourite part of our new house was, I would probably always tell you that it was this entry feature wall! I dreamed up this idea, sketched about 50 different designs in my notebook, and built the wall with my husband in just one afternoon. I’ll show you just how easy it is for you to build your own wood accent wall!

Test the paint on the wall before you begin

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The Beginnings

This is the blank wall in our modern entry that we started with. I knew I wanted to add a great feature wall here. I toyed with the idea of wallpaper, or a geometric design, but in the end decided on a wooden accent wall and I’m so happy with the design.

Make sure you have all your measuring tools ready

Here’s everything you need to make your own wood accent wall:

  • 1/2″ MDF cut into 1″ strips
  • 6 ft. level (or any large ruler)
  • A smaller level
  • A speed square
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Mitre saw
  • Nail gun
  • Drywall putty
  • Sanding paper
  • Paint (we used Black Bamboo by Behr Paint)


How to Make a Wood Feature Wall:

We absolutely love this project, and we want anyone to be able to recreate it! So we are sharing a video tutorial (from when we recreated this wall in a friend’s home), and a written tutorial!

Video Tutorial:

This project was so fun! We actually snuck into a friend’s home (with permission!), while they were on vacation, and built them their own beautiful feature wall!

Watch for a great tutorial and a great room reveal:

Written Instructions

Use a speed square to measure some of your angles

You can copy my design or make one of your own. Either way, you may need to draw multiple pencil lines before you’re satisfied! We didn’t measure any special angles, except the first one, which we needed a speed square for.

Start by drawing one prominent line that you want to work off of at a 45 degree angle. A speed square against the wall will give you exactly 45 degrees—so you can start the line there, and then use a level or large ruler to draw the rest of the straight line. We started with the large angled line that goes through the centre of the design.

Draw your lines using a pencil

Next, we drew one line perpendicular to the first one, going up towards the corner of the wall. We made sure it was exactly 90 degrees difference by using a square (or speed square again). Once we had those two lines, we could work off of them in either direction.

Measure the width between the strips so you're happy with placement

To do this, I eyeballed where I wanted the next line to be. Let’s say I decided 15 inches, then we used the measuring tape to measure 15 inches from the original line a few times, drew ticks along the wall 15 inches away, and then used the large ruler to connect those ticks.

Measuring the space between the strips

I wanted a few horizontal lines at the bottom of my design. To do these, we just used a level to make sure that they were perpendicular to the wall and made our own spacing again.

Use a level for perpendicular lines

When it came to adding the MDF pieces, we were originally going to add 1/2″ pieces. But when we drew the design on the wall (hard to see above), we realized it was too small. So, we measured 3/4″ pieces, but I still didn’t like it (sorry hubby! lol). We finally settled on 1″ thick pieces and they were perfect.

When you are ready to cut the pieces, use a measuring tape to measure the length of your line and cut with a mitre saw. All of the angled pieces will have 45 degree cuts and straight cuts. For the horizontal pieces I did at the bottom, we just held up our strip of MDF against the pieces already on the wall, and drew the top and bottom of the cuts by hand (no measuring angles!).

Nail all of the pieces to the wall with a nail gun!

The wall with MDF strips nailed in

Once all of the pieces were up on the wall, we filled the joints with wood putty. When that was set, we sanded down the putty so everything was smooth and then we (errr… my very helpful friend!) painted the wall!

Paint the wall after all your MDF pieces are on the wall

I’m so unbelievably happy with how this feature wall turned out! It’s even better than my sketches, lol.

The completed wood accent wall
A closeup of the completed wall
Modern Entry
A side angle of the completed project
A closeup of the completed project
Gorgeous Wood Accent Wall! Make your own stunning feature wall with this simple DIY tutorial! LOVE the final results!

If you ever recreate this wall, I would love for you to tag me on Instagram!

We recreated a similar DIY Wood Accent wall in a friend’s home and here’s how her feature wall looked when we were done:

DIY Wood Accent Wall with White paint on white wall

I absolutely love the white on white in this space! It’s the perfect way to accent that wall which is the main focal point for the room.

Beautiful DIY Wood Accent Wall with Mouldings
DIY Dining Room Accent Wall

We also added the same mouldings to the reading nook off the side of the dining room! The two accent walls are connected in design, but define each of the spaces individually!

Gorgeous dining room and reading nook accent walls

Doing the moulding wall on the corner was especially fun! We’ve never done anything like that before and I loved tackling a corner for the first time!

Corner Accent Wall DIY
DIY Moulding Accent Wall in the Corner

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30 thoughts on “Stunning DIY Wood Accent Wall

  1. i love, love, LOVE this wall so much! am going to attempt to tackle a similar look in my master. may i ask what gauge and length nails you used? any adhesive? i worry that i may not be able to hit a stud each time… absolutely stunning!!!

        1. You could sill do it, but you would have to be careful about painting the entire wall first, because there may be small gaps caused by the texture. And the texture would still be visible, so if that bothers you, it may not be the best solution. Totally personal preference!

  2. Thank you! I got a sample of it today to test out in my in-laws guest bathroom. I’m doing a surprise makeover for them while they’re out of town :)

  3. Hi Lindi! Do you remember what sheen the black bamboo paint is? I can never decide, or know what’s best. Absolutely love the room!

  4. This is so gorgeous!! so you finally went with 1/2″ or 1″ wide? and deep?
    thank you!! trying to do this for my bedroom and so excited about it!

  5. This wall is gorgeous! I want to do this in my master bedroom. How did you make sure you hit a stud with every piece? Also, would this look ok with knockdown textured walls? Thanks!

    1. So you really don’t have to hit a stud every time with these designs. The MDF will stay attached the wall easily with the nail gun -if you’re concerned you can always glue the wood down as well. You could do this on a textured wall, but the wood may not adhere as well and it may not look as clean – my personal preference would always be a flat wall.

  6. Hi
    Dark colours are always hard to paint. can you provide any painting tips for this wall with the wood?
    Thx.

    1. My best suggestion is just to edge very nicely with a small brush. If you’re very concerned, you can use a very small brush to edge first in the corners and then another thicker paint brush to edge over that. Also, make sure you use the premium brand of paint (the more expensive Behr paint goes on much nicer!).

  7. 1) What made you decide to paint all at once after nailing the design down?

    2) did you opt to spray paint or roller paint and why?

    Btw beautiful job, this wall has given me so much inspiration. I love diy projects as they are so fulfilling! I’m moving into my new home i had built and can’t wait to try this in one of my guest rooms.

    Thanks for the info!

    1. Hi! I’m so glad you love the project! You should definitely tackle this one! You could paint the boards ahead of time. I wish we had painted the back wall first, we did that for our second wall and it was much easier. The boards we didn’t paint ahead of time because we knew we would have to nail, putty and then prime all of the boards again, so we thought it would be easier to just do it afterwards. We used a paint brush and roller to paint the wall. You could use a paint sprayer easily, if you can close off the room and protect the other walls, etc. Good luck!

    2. I saw the same thing in better homes and gardens a few months ago. My wife and I did batten boards in our dining room and saw the article in the magazine but haven’t attacked that project yet. I like the lines. Nice job. Was it tough to get the mdf to fit tight on the wall?

      1. You should definitely do it! We didn’t find it hard to get the MDF pieces tight, but if you have a larger gap then you wanted, just fill it with drywall compound and sand it down and it will blend beautifully! For really big gaps you can put caulking underneath too.

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