{DIY} Wood Plank Wall Display

I would plank everything if I could!  Since that's not practical or cost effective, I'm sticking to a few things here and there.  I bought this wood a while ago with the intention of creating a background for the gallery wall I already had over the bed; something to add dimension and texture.  Normally I knock out projects pretty quickly once I have the materials, but this one seemed daunting so the wood sat in the garage for a couple months while a bazillion other projects got done.  We piled stuff on it, walked over it, and it just dealt with its annoying-ness.  Does your project list only seem to grow and never dwindle too??  I finally decided to tackle this one today because there wasn't anything more fun on the agenda.

We made our (practically daily) run to Home Depot this morning and I got the idea of adding a frame to the inner part of the planks for contrast and even more dimension, so I picked up some moulding and I'm not regretting that decision at all.

I will be the first to admit that I am HORRIBLE at remembering to take "before" photos and documenting my process.  I'm just too excited to get done that I forget to focus on anything other than the finish line!  That being said, I will do my best to make this DIY tutorial as informative as possible...

The display I made was 60"W x 35"H, so if you're making a different size you'll just need to adjust the quantity of materials.

Supply List:

STEP 1: 

If you have a miter saw, you can do the cuts yourself.  Otherwise, you may be able to get a nice gentleman at Home Depot to do it for you!

  • Cut 10 of the fence pickets to 60" wide
  • Cut three 31" wide pieces out of the remaining 2 fence pickets 
  • Cut each picture frame moulding to 56" wide and then take the remainder of each piece and cut that down to 32" wide (each end needs to be cut at a 45 degree angle so the edges can fit together like a picture frame, but be sure to keep the longest part of the moulding at the aforementioned measurements)


*Use diagram below for reference*

Lay the 60" pieces of fence picket on the ground horizontally, one above the other, how you want them to be attached.  I staggered every other one but you can certainly line up the edges if that's your preference.  

Once you have them laid out how you want them, lay one of the 31" fence pickets vertically in the center as this will be what holds your horizontal boards together.  Lay one of the 31" boards about 6 inches from the left edge, and the last 31" board about 6" from the right edge. 

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Plank Diagram


Once you have the boards lined up how you want them, you will use the nail gun to attach the vertical boards to the horizontal boards using the 1" brad nails.  Don't forget your protective eyewear when using power tools!  Start by putting two brads side-by-side in top of the middle board, and then make sure all of the horizontal boards are snuggly together and still in place, then place two more brads on the very bottom board to hold everything in the middle together.

*Use diagram below for reference*

Diagram 2 with brad nails


Repeat the last step for the vertical boards on the left and right, and then fill in each vertical board with two nail brads for each horizontal board.  

When you are finished, it should look like the diagram below. 

Diagram 3 nail brads


Attach the D-rings to the left and right vertical board about 7-8" from the top plank.


Paint!  Spray paint each frame moulding with the Rustoleum Heirloom White, and then stain the planks with the Rustoleum Driftwood stain.  I applied a fairly light layer to let some of the natural wood color and grain show through.  

Allow the stain to dry about an hour and then apply the antiquing glaze with a damp cloth in a sweeping motion.  Apply one coat for a lighter antiquing effect or layer for a more dramatic effect.  This is all personal preference and completely up to you!


Once everything is dry to the touch, lay the frame moulding out on the board so it is centered.  Once you have it placed where you want it, attach it using the 1/2" nail brads.  I placed one toward each edge and one in the center of each moulding.

Final Step Paint


Fill in the indents from the brads on the frame with the wood filler and allow to dry. 


Spray some spray paint on the end of a small brush and paint over the wood filler so everything is flush and clean!

STEP 10:

Hang it on your wall and ENJOY the beauty of your handy work!!


Final Product DIY Wall Plank Display


The home decor would be a crucial topic for every homeowner. They are looking for different sources to improve their home decor part and while following different plans and designing tips, they can get the best home appearance. Woods are playing a vital role in home decor, mostly we are using wood in flooring, furniture, and planks. Here we can get a wood plank wall display, which looks amazing.