Decorative Wood Wall (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we dove head first into our tutorial for the guest room wood wall. Today, we’re back to discuss the finishing touches!wood_wall_gif

guest-room-wood-wallWith the wood all up on our wall, it was officially time to put the intimidating power tools away and get out some DIY supplies that we’re a bit more comfortable using around here.

wood-before-caulkFirst up, filling those unsightly nail holes.

holes-in-woodLook at this one pock-marked piece of wood. Yikes! We started shooting the nails into this piece, only to realize that the gun had run out of nails. Oh boy. So after refilling the nail gun, we had to go back and re-shoot some into this board. Luckily, we knew we were going to eventually be filling in all of the holes for a more uniform, cohesive look.

painters-puttyWe used painter’s putty for this step. All you really have to do is take a big ball of the stuff, roll it around in your hands, and mark it on the wall. You can almost think of using it like an eraser. Just go back and forth with it directly over the hole, and it will fill up with the putty. You can also use your fingers to really smoosh it down in there.

filling-nail-holes-puttyWith all of our holes easily filled in about 10 minutes, it was time to caulk.

caulk-gunRookie Tip: Wear crappy clothing when caulking. This was a big fail for me. I figured that since we were just working with wood on this DIY day (not yet onto painting), I could get away with wearing workout clothes that I kinda cared about. Wrong! Caulk is super messy, and is so hard to get out of clothing. By the end of this project I had it all over my yoga pants, and it definitely didn’t come out in the wash. Any tips for me fellow caulkers?

Caulking can be pretty darn tricky, so we recommend moving slowly until you get the hang of it. Our best piece of advice…don’t use too much. Instead let a tiny bit trickle out as you go along the seam. You can always add more!

how-to-caulkYou’ll also need 2 hands for this job. One to hold the caulk gun, and then use your other hand and place a finger directly after your caulk line. As you move slowly across with the caulk gun, follow it closely with your finger.wipe-caulk-with-ragThen, have a wet rag on-hand. In fact, we had an entire bucket of water right by us when caulking. You’ll want to run the rag over your caulk line to make sure it gets any excess caulk. This gets super messy…but be sure to wipe up any thing extra and rinse your rag often.

casey-caulk-gun-wood-walkHonestly, we couldn’t believe what a difference the caulk made on the wood wall. It really made it look so much more professional and the wood looked like it was built right onto the wall. We caulked where the wood met the wall & where wood pieces joined together…basically every seam that was showing. casey-caulk-gunLook past my cheesy grin to the top of the wood piece. On the right you’ll see the area that is caulked, to the left you’ll notice a gap between the wood & the ceiling waiting for caulk. Such a big difference, right?!

We let the caulk & the putty dry overnight, and then the next day it was time to sand. bridget-sanding-wallEssentially, we just went over all of the boards to get a smooth even finish where we applied the painter’s putty. sanding-wall-spongeJust a nice light sanding will work just fine. Be sure to touch the boards and make sure they’re smooth before you get ready to paint.

Once our boards were sanded down, we used a rag and wiped off all of the dust. Tack cloth would work great for this step, but we didn’t have any on hand so we just had to be extra vigilant about getting all of the dust off the wall.

bridget-casey-diy-guest-roomAnd there you have it…our completed wood wall that is now ready for PAINT! On Friday, we’ll discuss the navy contenders for this space and reveal the one we ended up using!

guest-room-wood-wallSpoiler Alert: We’re pretty darn obsessed with the dark, moody, & dramatic color!

Bridget and Casey Signature

 Disclaimer: We are so thrilled to partner with Lowe’s Home Improvement on this Guest Room Makeover. We wouldn’t have been able to do this DIY without their support. All opinions & photography are our own and are not influenced by Lowe’s Home Improvement.

  • Summer Hogan

    Wow, it looks great! Can’t wait to see the paint!

  • That step made such a huge difference! It’s crazy how one little thing like that can take it from amateur to professional. Can’t wait to see the final look!

    • Right?! We couldn’t believe it. So much more professional with a little caulk.

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls- great job on the wall! Looking good!

  • Austin Schneider

    Seriously, the caulk made all the difference! Friday seems so far away now! Ha ha

    • It was crazy how much better it looked with a nice seam of caulk. And yes, I feel like such a tease drawing this out like that 🙂

  • Trang

    You can tell major differences so far with the room! Is it Friday yet???

    • Thanks Trang! I feel like such a tease drawing out these DIY posts…but better to explain all of the details than to gloss over anything!

  • I did something similar in my room in February and isn’t it just the most amazing thing the difference the caulk makes? It looks good before caulk and then you add it in and it’s like “whoa, where have you been all my life!?” Or that was my reaction. Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see paint!

    • So amazing! I could barely believe it. So happy to hear you still love yours!

  • You girls are so bad ass with these huge projects, the power tools and everything! I have enjoyed following along with this project and have been taking notes and re reading steps. This is so impressive! Casey- I cannot get over the transformation of your home! It is just fabulous!!!

    • You are so sweet Colleen! We’re not total bad asses yet…still need to accomplish a few more big projects to acquire that title! And our condo barely looks the same as when you helped us find it! 🙂