If you asked me right now right 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 how just how easy it is for you to build your own wood accent wall!
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
At the bottom of my design I wanted a few horizontal lines. To do these ones we just used a level to make sure that they were perpendicular to the wall and made our own spacing again.
When it came to adding the MDF pieces, we originally were going to add 1/2″ pieces, but when we drew it 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 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!
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!
I’m so unbelievably happy with how this feature wall turned out! It’s even better than my sketches, lol.
If you ever recreate this wall, I would love for you to tag me on Instagram!
You might also be interested in how we did this Beautiful Weathered Wood Ceiling!
Or in How to Paint a Textured Wall!