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Installing Wood Planks to Our Dining Room Column and Side Walls

Am I the only one that’s noticed a big shift in popularity of anything wood on a wall?  I’m guessing we can thank Joanna Gaines for that! I have to agree though, that adding any sort of wood to a wall adds warmth and architectural detail. I’ll also admit that I’m a huge fan of planked walls (shiplap, board and batten, you name it, I love it).  That’s why I’ve decided to install wood planks to our dining room column and side walls.

Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

Over the past year I have become very familiar with adding different types of wood to my walls. I’ve created a faux shiplap wall with no power tools, an easy DIY board and batten with minimal materials, and now I’ve decided it’s time to install real wood to planks our column and side walls.

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Let’s start with the materials list:

wood planks for wall boards

I love the “white washed” look of these wood planks because it matches the rest of my house since I’ve used mainly white and gray colors.

Installing wood planks to our dining room column

We have a column in our dining room that I’ve always wanted to do something with, but I didn’t know what.  I decided to wrap the column in rustic white washed wood boards. To tie it all together, and make sure it didn’t look too random, I decided to plank the small walls on each side of the column. I’ll share some before pictures below.

The column in our dining room

I decided to plank the column and side walls with the wood boards running in a vertical direction rather than horizontal direction. Not to be lazy, but, well, yes it made things A LOT easier to run the wood boards up and down rather than in a horizontal direction.

What I really mean is that installing the wood boards up and down required a lot less cuts than if I had installed the boards in a horizontal direction.

I won’t go into details about how to install the boards because Weaber Lumber has a great instructional video on how to install the boards HERE.

How to add Wood planks to any wall

Another great plus by installing the boards in a vertical position is that I did not need to “rip” (cut the width off of any of the boards) any boards because they fit all the walls perfectly! Three boards fit each wall of the column perfectly and left enough space to create the “joint area” on each side of the column.

How to add Wood planks to any wall

As you can see the boards were not perfectly square or flat, so they look a little more rustic. At first, I thought this might look cheap or unfinished, but I decided to add moulding to finish it off and I think it completed the look.

Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

 What do you think?

Little by little we are adding our own modern farmhouse touches to our modern farmhouse builder grade home.  I love the way these white washed wood planks add character to a very boring entryway.

Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

This is one of the side walls we planked with white washed boards.

Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

And that’s a wrap for this little project. What do you think of our new wood boards? My husband is still on the fence as far as thinking it might be a little too rustic for our home. I love it though!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to create something from nothing!

Until next time when I find something else to repurpose and up cycle,

Lindsey**

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