Create a Herringbone Wood Wall

Create a Herringbone Wood Wall

The Herringbone Hustle: Turning Wooden Walls into Works of Art

As a self-proclaimed newlywed and perpetual DIY enthusiast, I’ve tackled my fair share of home projects. But let me tell you, when it came to creating a herringbone accent wall in our office, I was a bit skeptical at first. The intricate pattern and angled cuts seemed daunting, to say the least. However, once I dove in, I quickly realized that the “herringbone hustle” was, well, not much of a hustle at all. In fact, it turned out to be one of the easiest and most rewarding projects we’ve ever completed. And now, I’m here to share my experience and insights with you, fellow timber lovers and woodworking warriors.

The Inspiration Behind the Herringbone

When my husband and I decided to transform our office space, we knew we wanted something that would truly make a statement. We tossed around ideas – from bold paint colors to sleek, modern shelving. But then, we stumbled upon a stunning herringbone accent wall on New Build Newlyweds, and we were instantly hooked.

The intricate pattern, the warm tones of the wood, the way it instantly elevated the entire room – it was the perfect blend of form and function. We knew we had to recreate this masterpiece in our own home. Little did we know that our journey to a herringbone-clad office wall would be a delightfully simple one.

Gathering the Goods: Sourcing the Supplies

Before we could dive into the project, we had to make sure we had all the necessary supplies. After carefully measuring our wall (125 inches by 108 inches, for those keeping track), we headed to our local timber building and woodworking store to gather the goods.

Here’s what we ended up with:

Item Quantity
1×4 Primed Pine Boards 30
18-Gauge Brad Nailer 1
Air Compressor 1
Wood Glue 1 bottle
Wood Filler 1 tub
Sandpaper (120 and 220 grit) 1 pack each
Wood Stain (we went with a warm, natural tone) 1 can
Polyurethane (for a sleek, durable finish) 1 can

The 1×4 primed pine boards were the real star of the show, as they would form the herringbone pattern on our wall. We also made sure to snag an 18-gauge brad nailer and an air compressor to secure the boards in place. The rest of the supplies were for the finishing touches – wood filler for any imperfections, sandpaper for a smooth surface, and stain and polyurethane to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

Cutting and Laying the Herringbone Pattern

With our supplies gathered, it was time to get to work. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Angled cuts? That’s gotta be a nightmare!” But trust me, it was far less daunting than we had anticipated.

We followed the helpful tutorial from this YouTube video, which broke down the process step by step. The key was to use a miter saw to cut the 1×4 boards at a 45-degree angle, creating the perfect herringbone points. Once we had our angled pieces, it was simply a matter of laying them out in a staggered pattern and securing them to the wall with the brad nailer.

The 18-gauge brad nailer we purchased made the installation a breeze. We just lined up each board, held it in place, and gave it a few quick taps. The air compressor provided the necessary power to drive the nails in seamlessly.

Now, I’ll admit, there were a few hiccups along the way – a couple of boards that didn’t quite line up, a few gaps that needed to be filled. But with a little wood filler and some strategic sanding, we were able to smooth out those imperfections and create a seamless, eye-catching herringbone pattern.

Bringing the Wall to Life: Finishing Touches

With the herringbone pattern firmly in place, it was time to add the finishing touches. We started by giving the entire wall a light sanding, using 120-grit paper to smooth out any rough spots and 220-grit for a silky-smooth finish.

Next, we applied a warm, natural-toned wood stain. The rich hue complemented the existing decor in our office perfectly, and the stain really made the grain of the wood pop. After allowing the stain to dry, we followed up with a few coats of polyurethane, which provided a durable, glossy sheen that protected the wood and brought the whole project together.

As we stepped back and admired our handiwork, we couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. This herringbone accent wall had truly transformed the space, elevating the entire room with its striking visual appeal and warm, inviting vibe.

The Lasting Impact of a Herringbone Wall

Now, every time I walk into our office, I’m struck by the beauty and craftsmanship of that herringbone wall. It’s a testament to the power of a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of determination. And let me tell you, the reaction from our friends and family has been nothing short of incredible.

They marvel at the intricate pattern, the smooth finish, and the way it seamlessly blends with the rest of our decor. But more than that, they’re inspired. They see what we’ve accomplished and realize that they, too, can create something truly special in their own homes.

That, to me, is the true magic of a herringbone accent wall. It’s not just a stunning visual element; it’s a conversation starter, a source of pride, and a reminder that with a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of passion, you can transform even the most ordinary space into something extraordinary.

So, if you’re looking to breathe new life into your home, whether it’s a timber-framed masterpiece or a humble fixer-upper, I encourage you to embrace the herringbone hustle. Trust me, the end result will be worth every minute of the journey.


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