Change is a beautiful pain.
If you had to ask me what I’ve learned so far in the past couple of weeks of the New Year, that would be it.
I’ve been high-tailing my booty off the couch a little more often, lacing up my running shoes, and trying my darnedest to get back to a healthy lifestyle. And in the middle of my millionth jumping jack (blarg!), I realized something.
DIY isn’t that far off from eating broccoli and lifting weights. It’s tough. But the change is so worth it.
A couple of months ago, I shared my big plans for our master bedroom, but it wasn’t until last week that we really started flexing our DIY muscles in here.
And by flexing our DIY muscles, I mean we…uh…colored on our walls with the kiddo.
When I was visualizing this space in the beginning, I knew I wanted an accent wall with some sort of architectural interest.
There was the ol’ farmhouse standby DIY shiplap…
The classic floor-to-ceiling board and batten…
Or a board and batten grid…
And then I stumbled upon this project from Jenna Sue Design and decided to combine a little bit of all three for behind our bed.
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- 3- 1/8″ primed hardwood plywood (Cut into 8″ wide strips on a table saw.)
- 1- 1″x4″x12″ pine board
- 4- 1″x2″x8″ pine boards
- Pneumatic nail gun and compressor (We use this one.)
- 2″ finishing nails
- Jigsaw (To cut around outlets)
- Quarters or spacers of your choosing
Before we did anything, we marked all of the studs in the wall using our studfinder first.
We started out by nailing up the 1x4x12 board at the top of the wall for what will eventually be our simple crown moulding.
Before Robert started getting all carpenter-happy, he wrote 1 Corinthians 13:13 above our bed too. Dawww. Love him.
For our planks, we sectioned the wall into thirds and measured the length of each section to cut the length of our plywood strips. We used quarters as spacers between each plank as we nailed them to the wall with our nail gun.
They weren’t perfect, but that was totally okay, since the seams would be covered up later anyway.
We worked around the wall outlet by cutting out the space on a plank with our jigsaw.
Then, at the bottom, we nailed up 1×2 boards for the base.
After all of the planks were up, we used a level to place two more 1×2 boards on top of the plank seams, and we nailed them up. Robert just grabbed a hammer for this step. He’s old school like that.
So we now have an accent wall! Even if it’s not totally finished.
I’m doing the final steps on it this week like…oh, you know…paint.
I’m already seeing this room come to life, and I can’t WAIT to tackle more of it.
UPDATE! You can check out more about all of the projects and makeovers that went into our master bedroom here:
Oh, and remember that whole “change is a beautiful pain” thing?
Exhibit A, my friend:
Navigating my way around all of that furniture crammed at the foot of our bed in the dark every night has been interesting.
And just so you know, whenever we have a big home improvement project like this one happening, somehow the rest of our house goes down with the ship in the tidiness department. It’s pandemonium around here.
It’ll all be worth it though, or at least that’s what Jillian Michaels keeps shouting at me from the TV during my 30 Day Shred workouts every morning.
If you feel like attempting this one for yourself sometime, be sure to pin it for later:
Are you as excited to start seeing things taking shape in here? Or kickin’ your booty into workout gear too?