DIY Herringbone Wood Paneled Wall

I’ve obviously been pretty busy over the last few weeks.

After I got the playroom finished, I immediately set my sights on my home office.  It has basically been the room where “stuff” goes to die.  I was climbing over ladders, toys and wayward pieces of furniture to get to my makeshift desk.

That photo was taken on a good day, after I had picked up a bit.  Don’t ever fool yourself into thinking that bloggers lead a glamorous lifestyle.

Anyway, since I spend so much time in that room, I decided that I wanted to focus on it next.  I began by cleaning it out and giving away a lot of its contents to locals via my Facebook page.  Once the clutter was gone, I knew that I wanted the focus of the room to be the far wall (where my computer is in the above photo).

Looking to branch out a bit from my usual graphic paint treatments, I thought bringing in some warm wood tones wood be fun.  I love the white wooden planked walls that are so popular of late, but white wood doesn’t really match my home’s style.  But, they did spark an idea.

I bought a few packages of EverTrue 32″ pine tongue and groove plank paneling at Lowe’s and played around with some layout ideas on my floor.  I ultimately decided that a herringbone pattern would look pretty neat.

I calculated that I would need about 10 packages (at $9.58 each) to cover the entire wall.  I split all of those planks into 3 piles and stained them in 3 different shades of brown.  I used the little half pint cans of stain – Kona and Summer Oak from Rustoleum and Provencial from Minwax – and it was just the right amount to stain all of the boards.  I used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before staining since pine often looks blotchy after staining if it’s not prepared correctly.  With the stain and wood conditioner, I simply wiped it on with a lint-free cloth, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then wiped off the excess.

Because I wanted the pattern to be even on both sides of my wall and I wanted the angle of the boards to be exactly 45-degrees, I found the center point of my wall and drew out an angle.  To do that, I used a framing square and a level to draw a 90-degree angle and then used an angle square to find the 45-degree angle.

I lined one of my boards up on the 45-degree angle and secured it to the wall using my pneumatic brad nailer.  The planks are incredibly thin and light, so I was able to just use 5/8″ brads (i.e. little nails).  I put two brads in each end of the board.

I used four boards in each section of the herringbone, since four boards across was half of the length as one board is long.  I used a random pattern for the colors as I went along.  Because the boards are tongue and groove, I was able to slide them each into place and secure them with the brads.

Until I got to the edges of the wall, there wasn’t any measuring to it.  I just had to count by four and rotate the boards when I got to that point.  They went up on the wall very quickly.

If my boards didn’t completely meet up, I dabbed a little bit of dark brown craft paint behind them.  It’s super professional around here, y’all.

Things got a little more complicated when I reached the edges of the wall.  The planks had to end in a 45-degree angle to sit flush with the wall edge.  I just used my angle square to draw those angles and then I cut them with my miter saw set at 45-degrees.  I also had to cut most of them shorter as well, so I measured the length of those boards by holding them in place and marking where they should be cut and then cut them with the miter saw set at 90-degrees.  I removed the baseboard from just that wall so that the panels would go all the way to the floor.  I only have one outlet on that wall, so I made sure that I didn’t nail too close to it so that I wouldn’t get any brads through the wiring behind the wall (I don’t think my brads were long enough to worry about that, though).

The cutting wasn’t hard, but it was time consuming.  I did this entire project by myself (and I think it killed Tom that I wouldn’t let him participate), and I later found out that my neighbor had come up with her own contingency plan of getting me to the hospital in case I cut off a finger while I was home alone.  Thanks, Ellie!  😀  That totally cracked me up, but it made me so glad to have her as a neighbor.  In reality though, using a saw really is dangerous if you aren’t taking the proper precautions, so wear eye protection and check and then double check your hand placement before you bring down the blade.

I completely forgot to take a picture of what the wall looked like once all the planks were installed.  They weren’t all perfect, though.  Some of them touched the adjacent wall and others were about an inch too short.  It was fine, though, because I knew I was going to stain and install some lattice trim around the edges to finish it off.  I measured and cut the angles at 45-degrees, pre-conditioned and stained, and then installed it to the wall.  I actually used a slightly longer brad – I think 1 inch – to secure the boards to the wall.

I taped off and covered my new wall and then painted my ceiling “Lindsay White” (1 gallon of Glidden flat white paint off the shelf with an extra 1 oz of white added in at the paint counter) and the rest of my walls in Glidden Blue Blazes.

The end result is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.  I still have some touching up to do on the paint, but I’ll probably wait until the rest of the room is complete to deal with that.

I have some great pieces of furniture that are going to go along that wall, so I can’t wait to show you what it will look like once it’s finished.  There are still lots of fun surprises in store for my home office!

So, what do you think of my herringbone wood paneled wall?  I love it so much that I want to marry it.

Joining the Best DIY Projects of November link up at Beneath My Heart.


Filed Under: Create Your Decor, Project Gallery

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. I LOVE this idea! This would be a great accent wall for our bedroom. Do you think that this is a project that a newbie could complete without losing their mind? LOL. Great job!

  2. This is easily one of THE MOST AMAZING things I have EVER seen!!

  3. This looks simply stunning! I’d love to do something similar behind my TV. I really need a feature wall and LOVE those 3-D Architectural tiles, but the’re so expensive. This seems like a great alternative.
    A job well done :) And you did it on your own!!

  4. It looks amazing! I have a couple of walls I’ve been wanting to plank/panel for a long time, but now that everyone is doing it, I’ve wanted to find a unique take on it. I don’t think I ever would have thought of the herringbone design, but I love it! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

  5. That is the sexiest wall I’ve ever seen.

  6. Jenni Gomila says:

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I think i will steal the idea to make my barn door out of for my bedroom!!! You rock! Thanks!!!!

  7. It looks amazing, I love the varying stain shades!

  8. WOW! That is stunning! So very creative – and thank you for sharing it! :) Any way you can tell me what size your wall is – trying to figure out how to estimate for my wall and that might give me an idea if I’m on track! lol

  9. Linda Weeks says:

    Yeah, this was a great post. I’d love to try it too! If herringbone works this well, I wonder if a zig-zag would be cool….. hmm. I’m still scared of my miter saw… but it would def be a cool thing to try! If it were along an exterior wall, the insulating properties could be considerable! thanks, and happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

  10. Jessica Reurich says:

    Lindsay, this is Amazingly Fabulous!!!

  11. It looks absolutely amazing!!!! Kudos to you for doing it all by yourself – I don’t think I’ll ever be brave enough to do something like that on my own. Your efforts were definitely worth it! Gorgeous!!

  12. very cool with the different stains! nice work!


  13. All I can say is WOW! that is amazing- what a beautiful job! I am just hopping over from Beneath My Heart party:)

  14. Wow!! Absolutely amazing! You must be an extremely patient individual. I can’t wait to see it with the furniture.

  15. Wow this is perfect! Can’t wait to see the entire room together :)

  16. Awesome job here. Wow. That is a daunting project. It came out great though so it was worth it. Best wishes, First time here. Following on Twitter and Google+. Linda

  17. Girl…you never cease to amaze me!

  18. I just realized I hadn’t commented on this amazing wall! I made a very small version with rulers but this is so freaking awesome I can’t stand it. I’m in love!

  19. I love your wall! It is so cool and creative! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I just found your blog and am obsessed with your paneled wall. It. Is. Stunning.

  21. I love this! So beautiful! Pinning!

  22. Wow! thats insane!!! Huge respect for pulling that off! it lis amazing! I might do it for my bedroom wall.
    Congratulations! Cant imagine the hard work it went into.

  23. I want to marry your wall too!!! I’m totally going to do a wall like this!!!

  24. Thank you so much for this great hopping off point! I can see a number of different patterns that could be made using these materials. We live in a builder’s brown house and it needs character. I can’t wait to go to Lowe’s and start my own experiment.

  25. WOW!!!! This is fantastic. Patience and time definitely went into this and I give it a 10! nicely done.


  1. […] pretty is this herringbone feature wall from Makely? Our new house has wood overload so I’ll have to save it for another home but I like the […]

  2. […] I was painting my office, I cut in around my herringbone wood paneled wall, but I wasn’t ready to paint the whole room.  I took a leap of faith and stored my brushes […]

  3. […] finished by the end of the year.  So far, I have cleared the office of the clutter, installed a Herringbone wood wall, painted the ceiling and other walls, and transformed a few pieces of furniture (updates on those […]

  4. […] DIY Herringbone Wood Paneled Wall by Lindsay from Makely School for […]

  5. […] of the herringbone wood paneled wall I have in my office, the frames look amazing on the wall.  I just can’t explain to you how […]

  6. […] Herringbone Wood Paneled Wall […]

  7. […] Wow! Doesn’t this Herringbone Wood Paneled Wall make a great focal point for this room? Head over to Makely School for Girls where Lindsay will […]

  8. […] After the glue was dry, I painted the frame and the box.  Obviously, you can use whatever paint you want.  I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Flow Blue mixed with Kitchen Scale and “glazed” it with some left over stain I had from my herringbone wood wall project. […]

  9. […] buff the metal hardware on both the legs and the pulls.  I also used some leftover stain from the herringbone wood paneled wall to give the wood pieces more of a rich […]

  10. […] HERRINGBONE WOOD WALL This is a new to me blog and I love it. Her tagline is “lessons in making your home […]

  11. […] you pick your jaw off of the floor, you can head over and check out this unbelieveable DIY Herringbone Wall from Makely Home. Holy. […]

  12. […] herringbone wood wall above is just stunning, isn’t it? Go to Makely School for Girls for the tutorial on how to do this […]

  13. […] pretty is this herringbone feature wall from Makely? Our new house has wood overload so I’ll have to save it for another home but I like the […]