- 9 1×6 pine planks (or however many you need for the space between the top of your mantel and ceiling)
- 2 1×4 pine planks
- Quarter round strip (to make sides of plank wall look finished)
- Long level
- 2 inch brad nails
- Nail setter (if nailing by hand)
- Popsicle sticks (or other kind of spacer)
- Power drill and hole saw drill bit (optional)
- Hammer or pneumatic nail gun (We have this 3-in-1 nailer and love it!)
Once the studs were marked, Robert started on the 1×6 planks cut to size based on the measurements we decided on for the width the wall. We used finishing nails on each of the studs for each plank and made sure to keep the planks lined up on the ends we had marked before.
I’ve seen some DIYers use coins as spacers between planks, but we’re completely broke so…
Make sure you have them sticking out far enough to pull out. One of ours is still stuck between two of the planks and we tried everything to get it out. But we pushed it further in after giving up, and it’s not even noticeable. Oops. It’s there to stay.
This part made me cringe…drilling a hole into our pretty new wall! But this is partly an entertainment center after all.
I would have loved to figure out a way to put the TV on another wall but there is no other place in our living room that would work. We drilled all the way through to the stud for the TV mount to be sure it would stay in place.