DIY Diary: Deciding on a Wood Accent Wall and Preparing for Installation

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Photo: Gabrielle Pilotti Langdon

Hi, I’m digital design writer Zoë Sessums. Follow along each week as I try my hand at a DIY project in and around my house. I’ll cover the inspiration, expert advice, and step-by-step plans of everything from challenging builds to simple renovations. This month’s undertaking: a wood accent wall!

After dreaming and scheming all things accent wall, my final jolt of inspiration (probably not surprisingly) came from AD itself. This meticulously restored midcentury modern-masterpiece by Oliver M. Furth with all its plywood-clad glory—not at all the scale and scope of my own home, but an inspiration nonetheless—was just the warmth and texture we were looking for. It’s a little country, it’s a little Scandinavian, and it’s a perfect DIY. To further the motivation, an Instagram post from editor in chief Amy Astley showing off her own wood-covered walls highlighted the look in another setting—and again, it seemed like the perfect direction.

Investigate (and invest in) materials 

Taking Breegan Jane’s advice, I thought a lot about the size and shape of the wall and what materials would reflect the story of the space. They needed to be clean and simple, but still provide that oomph in the room. I’ve always loved Scandinavian design—minimalism with textures and soft hues—but the feature also needed to work with our country home, so we didn’t want it to be too stark and modern. Luckily, my partner has very discerning taste, so he found a local lumber yard where we could see all our material options in person. With a rough drawing of our wall and all the measurements in tow, we scoured the shelves of lumber for just the right sheets of wood, comparing colors and grains. 

We settled on a Baltic birch plywood that not only has the aesthetic appearance we wanted, but also adaptability and durability—ideal for the project.

Prepare the pieces

This is the patience phase of the project. We bought four sheets of plywood, then we coated them in a clear, protective finish and let them sit overnight to dry. This sort of finish is ideal for light woods like maple, ash, and birch. We also took the time to measure and re-measure all the shapes and cuts we would have to make in the sheets of wood (okay, the cuts my partner had to make because he has the saw skills) and marked them in pencil. 

Map out the plan

In order to fill our odd-shaped wall, it was extremely important to have each piece of birch line up seamlessly. Luckily, two of the sheets of wood needed little cutting, but unfortunately, we learned just how uneven our floors were—meaning we had to do a lot of readjusting as we installed the wall. Still, we benefited from knowing the general shape of each piece—like a giant puzzle—and we were able to make fine adjustments along the way. Even if you really prepare your space and materials, being flexible and ready to fine-tune is worth the added time.

Check in next week for the shopping list and the final project reveal!





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