Friday, August 22, 2014

How I Faked a Plank Wall and DIY Wall Art!

If you've seen any of my furniture makeover posts you've likely seen this wall in my entry way...
I live in a 1300 square foot house, in which open wall space is limited! So this little 6ft long wall as become my "staging" spot for most of my furniture makeovers!

I love my chalkboards, but I didn't want to feel limited to using them all the time in my staging shots. So I took them down and the more I looked at my beige/brownish wall all bare, I knew I was going to be doing some painting!

I decided to go with white! I don't have any walls in my home that are white! And I felt it would really lightened things up in this little corner/ entryway. So I painted the wall white...

I've been drooling over plank walls for while now.

But since we are currently looking for a new home I didn't want to do the work (or spend the money) on the real deal plank walls.

So I started to brainstorm how I could get the look of plank walls without too much work or commitment. I found this post about using molding strips for stripes on a wall. And I decided this would be the route I would go for my wall.

So here's my wall now!

What do you think?!

I painted my wall white and then repainted a bit warmer off white color. It looks almost cream or yellow in the pictures though which is not what I was going for. I may be repainted again soon! Then I nailed on strips of wood I found in the molding and trim section in Home Depot (the trim was called "screen molding"). Next I used spackle to fill the nail holes and I painted the wood strips the same color as my wall.

I'm still not 100% sure about the wall, I think I'm going to have to live with it for awhile, but for now I'm enjoying the change.
I'm loving the new wall art that I made though! I was inspired by a old number sign I found last year at an antique fair. I've always regretted not buying it so it made my own (well actually I made three of my own!) I believe my inspirational sign was actually used at an old baseball stadium in scoreboard. My signs mark the date of my wedding anniversary April 21st.
Want to find out how I made these DIY wall art?! Stay tuned I'll be posting a tutorial soon! Don't forget to subscribe to The Painted Willows so you don't miss a post! Have a lovely day!


  1. Love the before and after wall! So creative! The numbers are DIY genius...Love them!
    Stopping by for the first time here and visiting from The Scoop.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  2. Your colors are on your planked wall art are perfectly vintage, excellent!

    1. Thanks Gigi! It can be difficult to get the right shades especially with white!