Installing Fence Boards to a Wall {My Style}

I showed this sneak peek on instagram a few weeks ago
of a little project Dave + I are working on for a customer!

Here is a picture of the room before install 
with a list of necessary tools....
a 6ft level
a stud finder
a saw (we used a compound sliding miter saw)
finish nail gun with longer length nails depending on depth of boards
a table saw to trim width of board to fit wall at top or bottom

I love my contractor hubby.
He already had it all!

Layout is important. We wanted to use different widths and lengths of boards.
We measured the height of the wall and then planned accordingly based on the widths 
of the reclaimed fence boards we were using from our client's property.
Yup...these boards were free and recycled!

Next and most important step is to use a stud finder
and a longer level to mark the studs all the way up the wall.

This allows you to know where to nail your boards as you install them
for secure installation.

We made sure our first boards placed on the bottom were level
before continuing up the wall.
And for the record...we did rip off the existing baseboard
on that wall only. It wasn't needed!

We continued to check for 'level' as we made our way up the wall.

This project was upstairs so Dave had two helpers...
me and my dad running up and down the stairs using the saws
to cut each length to fit!

Dave also made some special cuts on two pieces of wood to allow
the electrical outlet and a whole house vacuum outlet to be exposed.

Dave is super talented and was able to scribe each end so that no 
trim piece was needed on the sides. He was able to hand cut each end
for a perfect fit against a not so level wall surface.
But never fear...a simple trim piece of ripped down boards would
have looked just as nice.

We ended up piecing trim together for a top border when the wall was all said and done!

Stay tuned next week for some final shots of this room!

{also I've installed a new, easy to use 'pin it button' to all my pics...
just hover over the pic and the button will appear in the top right corner!
Please...pin away!}


  1. This is so awesome! I've always wanted to do this on our wall in our home. It was so nice meeting you at SNAP!

  2. I can't wait to see how it all came together! Love this April!

  3. I see Papa Mike in there with Dave :)

  4. wow, this is going to look amazing! can't wait to see your after pix

  5. Nice project congrats!

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  6. I love the recycled/ upcycled lumber look, but the hubs is uncomfortable of chemicals/ mold/ mildew/ etc. coming into the house (allergies and a healthy dose of OCD).Is there a way to sanitize them?

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