The elegance of wood makes it the go-to material for many homeowners looking to add a touch of style to an otherwise dull and drab living space. The creative possibilities afforded by natural hardwood are seemingly endless; all it takes is a little bit of originality to decorate a unique and inspiring theme.
Do-it-yourself wood walls are one trend that has taken the interior decorating world by storm, as an increasing number of people are shifting away from generic wall designs to more custom looks.
After all, half of the fun in owning a home is being able to make it your own. In this sense, DIY wood walls truly are an excellent way to turn that blank canvas into something warm and inviting. And the good news is they can be done extremely well on a budget!
Wood walls: Delving into the DIY experience
For those looking to get the biggest bang for their buck, pallet walls should definitely be on the list of possible choices. As the name suggests, these ones are constructed solely from an assembly of pallet boards.
Who would have thought a warehouse shipping material could be used as a decorative piece of art?! The rustic nature of pallet wood walls is what appeals to homeowners the most, not to mention their ultra low cost.
So where can you find them? Most companies discard used pallets and would gladly give them to an interested homeowner upon request. Keep an eye on local classifieds, too! Putting the wall together requires first taking the pallet boards apart (watch for nails), then rearranging them in a pattern of your choice.
Mixing and matching board lengths and colours is a great way to make that one-of-a-kind living room or bedroom you always longed for! Wood grains walls are another DIY option that have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years. An entire veneer section runs approximately $50 and is available in various material types and tones.
Update your entrance with wood
Next up is that boring and outdated entryway. Due to their relatively small size and flexibility, these areas can easily be completed on a $100 budget and a day’s worth of work! Add some lumber, hang a few coat racks and paint the wood to match the corresponding palette. Clean, simple and stylish!
Plank wood provides the perfect combination of rustic appeal and modern aesthetic, and you do not have to go overboard (no pun intended!) to make a memorable wall. Instead of spending a ton of money on individual pieces, simply use leftover remnants from prior projects.
This is the ultimate way to stretch your dollar, and an artistic one at that. Vary up the wall by alternating between painted, stained and bare boards. If you are willing to spend a few hundred more, consider dedicating an entire room in your home to stained wood walls. Using old barn wood instead of store bought lumber will help slash the cost of materials.
Long-term care: Protecting wood walls against mold
No matter how much money you spend (or save) revamping your walls, it’s important to make sure that this investment lasts as long as possible.
To get the most out of your money—and to ensure a healthy indoor living environment—you need to prevent water from entering your home, as moisture is the number one cause of black mold, especially when it comes into contact with wood (a nutrient-rich food source for mold).
This means checking that your plumbing isn’t leaking, that your windows are properly sealed and that there are no cracks or gaps in your foundation. You’ll also want to run your exhaust fans when cooking or showering to reduce humidity, and consider purchasing a dehumidifier for those hot and humid summer months.
If you’re worried that you already have a moisture problem at hand, don’t hesitate to get help from a professional mold inspector. And remember, the key to every successful DIY project is to keep an open mind, and this applies just as well to wood walls. Have fun and explore the options!
Anne Flemings loves interior designing and is always in pursuit of the latest changes and trends in home improvement. She is an expert in designing spectacular house windows and doors. Her other interests lies in cooking, painting and blogging. She is an enthusiast homemaker who lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. She can be followed on Twitter.