DIY Reclaimed Wood Feature Wall Tutorial

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*This post was sponsored by Woodstock Walls. All opinions are my own.

Ever since launching Dream Green DIY 10 years ago (and long before that personally, too) my mission has been to reuse and recycle what already exists in the world to make our house beautiful. I’m far from perfect when it comes to that goal, but I do my best, and I think it has had such a big impact on our home. Our spaces feel really one-of-a-kind to us, and each room is filled with things that we’ve purchased secondhand or that we’ve made by reusing materials we already had.

I’ve been speeding my way through makeover after makeover this past year as my way of mentally and physically dealing with the fact that I’ve been stuck at home, but I can feel myself settling again. I’m planning room refreshes with more intention, and driving my decisions based on function as opposed to form alone. One big change I decided to make this month was in my office.

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It might be hard to tell through a camera lens, but my home office is on the smaller side. It also gets barely any natural light (only for about an hour and a half right before sunset). I love the original stained wood trim throughout our home, but it does make the rooms feel a little closed-in, especially the rooms that have big stained wood closet doors in them—like my office.

Keeping in mind my mission this year to repurpose beautiful accents that are already available (not mass-produced), I decided to do a reclaimed wood feature wall in my office that would go up and around the big stained closet doors. That way, the wood texture would feel more thought-out and the closet would blend into the reclaimed wood panels. The wood panel treatment would also make this already-dark room feel intentionally moody and rich, traits that I’ve wanted this room to have but I haven’t been able to figure out how to achieve it up until now.

For this project, I teamed up with Woodstock Walls, who ship 100 percent reclaimed wood panels to creative homeowners looking to add (sustainable!) character to their spaces. Keep scrolling to get the scoop, including before/after photos and a tutorial video.

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First of all, let’s talk about the wood. I’ve always been a huge fan of wood texture in a home (probably because my dad is a professional woodworker), and we have a lot of it in our home. I’m of the opinion that all wood goes together, whether it’s dark brown, red, orange, or whatever! Wood grain is a neutral in my opinion, so when I was thinking about sourcing material for the reclaimed wood feature wall in my office, I was pretty open-minded about it.

Woodstock Walls sends free samples, so I went ahead and started there. While I stick to my claim of being especially open-minded about this project, I did want to find a wood tone that was in the general family of the stained wood closet doors in my office so they would blend in. After checking over the samples and getting John’s opinion, we landed on their Rustic Mill panels since those had a hint of warmth throughout that would complement the closet doors. The Rustic Mill panels are their authentic barn wood panels that come as a tongue-and-groove application.

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After making my final materials choice and placing the order, product arrived about 10 days later. I appreciate how fast their shipping is because when I set my mind on a project, I want to get it done now! Shipping is also always free (it’s built into the price of the material), so that was a nice bonus, too.

Since I filmed an entire how-to video of the installation process, I thought I’d write just a quick bullet list of how to pull this project off. If you have questions, check out the video, or reach out to Woodstock Walls. Their customer service is really stellar, and they can help you through any roadblocks you might run into (although I doubt you will have any).

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How To Install Reclaimed Woodstock Walls Panels:

1. Stack the wood panels in a square or rectangular shape on the floor with space between so that air can flow through. This allows the wood to acclimate to your home, and helps avoid shrinkage or expansion after installation. Allow the wood to acclimate for 72 hours before getting started.

2. Turn your first panel over and squeeze a 2-inch line of adhesive in all four corners and in the center of the panel. There are grooves in the back of the wood panel to make this easier. Just squeeze adhesive right into the grooves.

3. While the adhesive is still wet, press the panel up on the wall at baseboard height. You’ll have 1-3 minutes before the adhesive starts to set, so you have time to adjust the board until it’s just right on your wall. If the panel is a little on the longer side length-wise, you might need to hold the board in place for 30 seconds or so.

4. Continue the process across your entire wall, using a hand saw or compound miter saw to trim the panels as needed to fill up the space. Since all of the reclaimed wood panels from Woodstock Walls are real and sourced from all over America, you’ll find lots of variation in color and texture with your boards. Mix different lengths next to each other and different colors, too, so that your wall has a well-balanced look overall. Step back often to see how things are looking, that way you know what type of board to pick next. If installing horizontally, it’s also important to stagger your joint lines to achieve a sturdier wall.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Feature Wall Tutorial | dreamgreendiy.com + @WoodstockWallsCo #ad

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The Woodstock Walls Click & Stick method (that is, the pre-measured grooves on the back of the panels that take the perfect amount of adhesive for applying the wood to the wall) is what makes this process so straightforward. It’s a pretty permanent application, but I don’t see myself changing this feature wall any time soon, so I was very confident using the application process they recommended. By the way, they offer a full supply kit on their website for the Click & Stick method. If you want an alternative, though, you can use a nail gun.

Oh, and as a personal aside, I wanted to mention that I showed how to hand-saw the panels for application in the video, which you absolutely can do, but I would definitely recommend using a compound miter saw if you can. It depends on the size of your project, but I had to make dozens of cuts, and my power saw helped speed up the process significantly. I was able to complete my feature wall installation entirely on my own in about three hours.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Feature Wall Tutorial | dreamgreendiy.com + @WoodstockWallsCo #ad

Click “Play” above to watch the video I recorded, that way you can see the process in action, and don’t hesitate to let me know here in the comments if you have questions. I’m absolutely in love with how things turned out, and I’m excited to start making new memories with my wood wall as a backdrop. I feel like my whole office has been made over, from top to bottom, even though I just added the reclaimed barn wood to one small wall in the room.

I’m sitting here right now at my desk typing up this story and can’t help but turn and look at the wall. How cool to think that the wood for this project came all the way from an American barn to end up in my office—it’s like I’m reclaiming those memories to build new ones of my own. The wall is so striking (maybe even more so in person), and is the perfect way for me to celebrate my love for wood texture and reclaimed materials in a home. Click here to learn more about Woodstock Walls, and start planning your own DIY reclaimed wood décor project.

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Our Curb Appeal Yard Essentials

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*This post has been sponsored by Spectracide® Brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Use as directed.

So, we just recently passed our 5-year anniversary of moving into our retro ranch. It’s exciting to think about just how far we’ve come, but there’s also still so much further to go. Up until this point, we’ve focused mainly on the interior spaces, but this spring we’re feeling ready to start tackling more of the exterior of our home.

That’s not to say we haven’t done anything at all outside. We’ve worked hard to simplify our landscaping, and have gotten rid of multiple truck loads of overgrown trees and bushes that made our lot feel sort of closed in. We’re aiming for minimalist Japanese-style landscaping, although we’re very much figuring that theme out as we go.

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The main thing for us is simplifying. We regularly get out into the yard to cut back bushes in front of our house, and John spends lots of time on the grass to keep the lawn looking pristine and manicured. Things are still in a semi-dormant state right now as we transition to the warmer seasons, but there’s still plenty to do—namely, with weed and grass control.

We’ve learned that staying on top of those details early on helps keep our landscaping looking cared-for, and our go-to tool is Spectracide® Weed & Grass Killer₂ with Accushot from Lowe’s. I appreciate that I can order it for pickup (along with all of our other yard work tools) from the Lowe’s app. I just wait for the notification email that lets me know the items are ready, and then I head to the customer service desk inside Lowe’s to grab my supplies without having to wander through the store. Although sometimes I actually opt for that on the weekends when I have more time and feel like a stroll. Be sure to shop now!

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But back to Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer₂ with Accushot. We honestly feel like we’ve tried everything under the sun to get control of the weeds and stray grass that pop up between the seams of our slate walkway. No joke, nothing worked until we tried this weed and grass killer, and I’m so relieved we found something that we can trust because John was practically losing his mind over weeds! It wasn’t a pretty picture.

But as you can see from today’s post, now our front facade is a pretty picture because we’ve been able to say goodbye to those nasty weeds and unwanted grass patches. You can use Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer₂ with Accushot on driveways, walkways, and around fences, trees, flower beds, and shrubs. The visible results are fast, too. As in just three hours! Fifteen minutes after application you can start watering again since water won’t wash away effectiveness, and you’ll be back to replanting new bushes and flowers the same weekend. The ready-to-use aspect, though, is probably our favorite. It comes with an attached spray nozzle that you use to target vegetation. It’s seriously so quick and easy.

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But, of course, weeds and creeping grass aren’t all that we’re focused on when it comes to curb appeal projects. I also really wanted to add some color and style back to our yard and front entry. Ripping things out over the last five years has really helped our lawn look so much better, but there is a point where minimalism can start to look too plain. We had definitely reached that point—and we’re still at that point in lots of ways.

So, I decided to add a splash of style back to our curb with a new front door paint color, one that felt happy and inviting for spring and summer, and I also added some potted plants right by the door. This update didn’t cost much at all, but made such a big difference in adding color and texture back to our entry. A new front door mat is another easy way to make your home feel welcoming. The one you see above was a gift from a friend.

The final piece to the puzzle is tool storage. We’ve been loading up on landscaping tools from Lowe’s ever since we moved into our house, and we reach for them often. The problem is that our main tool storage shed is all the way around the back of the house. I’m often asking John to go grab my sheers from the shed so I can trim a few overgrown branches on the bush next to our driveway, and it’s always a hassle for him. To fix the problem, we added a storage bench to our carport. It looks pretty, but also functions so nicely as landscaping tools storage. Lowe’s has lots of similar options for this—just search “outdoor storage bench” or “deck box” on their website to find one that matches your aesthetic.

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The main point I want to stress is this: you don’t need to hire a professional landscaping crew to get your yard in shape! There’s something so satisfying about sourcing the tools you need (that will last season after season), and then doing the work yourself. I absolutely love pulling back up to our house and seeing the fruits of our labor laid out across our manicured, colorful curb and front entry. It’s about building something you’re proud of, and I’m grateful to Lowe’s and Spectracide for making our outdoor projects easier and better. Don’t forget to grab your own Spectracide® Weed & Grass Killer₂ with Accushot from Lowe’s today! What DIY lawn to-do’s do you have on your list this season?

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