Guest Room: Wood Wall Plan

Last week, we revealed the big news…we’re working on one heck of a makeover! My guest room is getting a complete overhaul, and we’ve vowed to complete every DIY project by ourselves. Verdict is still out if that was a crazy declaration to make.

Casey's Guest Room Inspiration
In order to keep things organized and on-schedule, we have broken up the makeover into a few stages.

  • Stage 1: Install Wood Wall
  • Stage 2: Paint Room
  • Stage 3: Build Fauxdenza
  • Stage 4: Install new lighting
  • Stage 5: Hang art, swap out furniture, accessorize (our favorite part!)

Stage 1 is happening THIS WEEKEND. We carved out our entire weekend to get the wood cut and up on the wall, and to say we’re a little freaked out would be an understatement. But we keep telling ourselves that we’re smart girls and we will figure it all out together. If we fail, that’s a-okay. The only thing we need to worry about is being careful with the power tools <– legit scariest part of any DIY project.guest-room-bed-bedroom-before

Okay, so back to the wood wall (which will go behind the bed). I want to go into detail about our exact plans for the wall. Here are some of my inspiration pictures.Bower-Power-Wood-Wall

Image via Bower Power Blog


Image via Life on Virginia Street 

Thrifty-decor-chick-wood-wallImage via Thrifty Decor Chick

I really think the wood will draw the eye up and make the room appear even taller. I also think it will be a subtle way to add some texture and interest to the small space.

With my inspiration pics in hand, I volunteered Finn to help me figure out the math for the wall. I knew I wanted larger boxes, and I wanted them to be long and rectangular…not too square. It was just a matter of figuring out how many rows and columns we could do based on our wall’s height & length.

Luckily he is a math whiz (hence the reason why he is the blog’s CFO), and had all of the measurements figured out in no time flat. And when he was done doing all of that math, he drew up this little diagram for me to share with you (what can I say, he’s a keeper!). The entire wall will be painted navy, but we just highlighted the wood to make the diagram easier to read.


Here are our measurements:

  • Wall Length = 124.5 inches
  • Wall Height = 107 inches
  • Wood MDF (this is what we got from Lowe’s) = .656 inches x 3.5 inches x 12 ft
  • Inside of each rectangular box = 31 inches x 26.5 inches

So if our calculations are correct, we’ll have to cut our wood to end up with….

  • 2 – 124.5 inch pieces
  • 5 – 100 inch pieces
  • 8 – 26.5 inch pieces

We think our plan works because it will allow each vertical board to be nailed directly into studs. We’re planning to also use liquid nails, but it’s always a good idea to nail right into the studs for extra holding power.

guest-bedroom-closet-bed-beforeWith our plan in place, and all of our supplies & tools on-hand, we’re ready to get started! The next time you see this wall, it will no longer be bare! We can’t wait to walk you guys through the step-by-step process of cutting the wood and getting it secure on the wall. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot along the way, so we’ll be sure to document it all for you guys.

Have a great weekend!


  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I loooove that look!! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • Thanks so much Alysia! Hope you’re doing well & hope your pregnancy is going well 🙂

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls y’all have fun this weekend!

  • Elaine

    Quick typo fix, isn’t it 5 100″ verticals?

    • Yes!!!! Good catch. Just changed it. Thanks Elaine. All of this math…making my head spin!

  • Heather

    We did a wall just like this at the rental house my mom and I are flipping and it was a little more daunting to do than the regular hallway board and batten but SOOOOO worth it. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

    • That is awesome Heather! And so good to hear. Flipping a house?! You go girl!

    • Heather

      hahah we only got around to doing most of the cosmetic work. My mom had to bring contractors in for the rest. She is on a mission to sell the house and I am too pregnant to help her over there anymore 🙁

  • Claudia

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  • Erin

    good luck ladies!!!! have fun!!!! and i believe it is 5 100″ verticals!

    • Thanks Erin and yes, you are right on the 5 verticals! We made sure to update that info in the post — good catch!

  • Austin Schneider

    I’m weirdly jealous of how y’all are spending your weekend! Ha ha. Can’t wait to see the results and the step-by-step!

    • Trang

      It’s not weird jealousy at all! I feel the same. I wish my hubby would get into DIY stuff with me. It sucks doing certain tasks yourself sometimes.

    • Thanks Austin!! We do feel very lucky to have each other… makes the whole project a lot more fun! =) Have a great weekend.

  • Trang

    Power tools are suppose to give you a bit of a scare! As my good friend says, ‘otherwise, you aren’t cautious and that’s when you get hurt’.
    As always, I am can’t wait to see the final product!

    • We couldn’t agree more!! Well said, Trang! Have a great weekend!

  • Good luck! You gals are so talented I know this will be perfection and a masterpiece! CANNOT WAIT TO SEE IT and see the step by steps! Do you have to use a different nail/screw/anchor for the studs? Do you have a good stud finder you would recommend? Good luck and don’t get hurt!

    • Aww thanks so much Colleen! We are using a nail compressor to attach the boards, as well as liquid nails. So they definitely won’t be going anywhere! And yes…we both love using stud finders, especially when hanging things! Makes the job a lot easier. Mine is just kinda generic (yellow…maybe Dewalt?), It was pretty inexpensive from Lowe’s.

  • Good luck, ladies! I have no doubt this will look amazing!