Wood Paneling || Tutorial

When this room reveal went live, I had many requests to know how I did the wall behind the bed.  My inspiration came from my own wood wall and Vintage Revival's.

This tutorial is not loaded with pictures (and phone photos on top of that)  because I was working hard and fast to get this room done for a contest, but it's pretty self-explanatory.  If you have questions, just send me an email.

Please read through all of the instructions before starting.


- 4 x 8 sheets of 1/8" tempered hardwood (Masonite) cut down to 4 x 4.  Cut each panel into 3" widths.  The number of sheets you will need will depend on the square footage of the space you are covering.
- Miter saw (I used this in a bathroom next to the bedroom I was working on to make my job easier.)
- Planing saw
- Tape measurer
- Pencil
- 220 Sanding Block (or any other fine sanding block will do)
-  3/4" Brad nails and screws*
- Nail gun (I used this for the brad nails)
- Power drill*
- Paint ( I used Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White - my go-to, all time favorite white to use.)
- Paint supplies
- Ladder


Sand all four sides of a wood panel piece.  We will be using the smooth side of the board to face the room.


Using a small brush, paint all four edges of the wood panel.  You do not need to use a lot of paint for this.  In fact, I was not anal about getting it perfectly white.  Some parts exposed a little bit of brown while other parts were completely covered.

Concerning the edges of the boards, you will only paint one board at time!  Sand, paint one piece, nail it up, repeat.  Once you do a few of these, you can then paint several boards at time.  See photo above. But do what is easiest for you.


I started at the top of the wall, since I knew I would need to cut my boards in half once I reached the base board.  Pick a side to start on.  Place one board (3" x 48"),  smooth side up, on the wall so it aligns with the ceiling. Hold into place with brad nails.  I nailed one on each side and the center.  If using screws, screw them into either side, and if needed, one in the middle too.

*For this room makeover, the homeowners wanted to have as little holes as possible, so we did not use screws too.  Screws will produce a larger hole in the wall compared to brad nails.  Brad nails will secure the wood to the wall, but the wood panels can be removed with your hands. 

For my second piece, I repeated the above and then placed the board about a 1/8" - 1/4" away from the next piece.  I did not measure for exactness, so all my pieces vary.  When you get to your third or fourth piece, you will need to measure and cut to fit.

When you start on the second row, I placed my first board on the opposite side I started with.  I alternated it back and forth, so my lines would vary.  Sometimes, I would use leftover pieces and start with that first to add variety.

Repeat all these processes until your wall is complete.  If you have an outlet to work around, you will need to measure and cut around it.

To view this room makeover, please click here.
To view the source list, please click here.
Sharpie Wall

xx nancy

My quilting book released Sept. 24, 2015 and is on Amazon.  Check it out!


  1. That wall looks absolutely fabulous, great work, well done!

  2. I so love this room! Especially the 'wall paper'

  3. great idea! and neat work! I love your home deco - it'll be part of inspiration I'll be taking to my house someday...when I own one..

  4. You are SO talented!

  5. Fabulous room! Love it all!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  6. Very cool, love the texture it adds!

    xox Lilly

  7. Nancy, this is amazing!
    I love that you painted it all white and I really love the zebra. Someone is very lucky to have that room!

  8. Hi nancy, hope you don't mind, I linked back to this tute and your fab page on my Lets get Acq week one round up, as it's one of my faves, hope that's ok :o)

  9. What an adorable room! Can't believe I missed it on Creating with the stars :-)


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Copyright © owen's olivia. All Rights Reserved.
Blogger Template by The October Studio