How to Make a Wooden Wall Backdrop

However, did you know that you can actually create this beautiful backdrop yourself? It might seem complicated at first glance, but looks can be deceiving.

This tutorial is courtesy of Taryn Whiteaker who was quite successful at creating her very own wood striped wall, and if she can do it, so can you, right? I’ll start by sharing some of the basic first steps along with tools and materials you will need to complete this project. I’ll post a link for Taryn’s complete DIY tutorial below so that you can check it out in order to finish this wooden wall backdrop.

This backdrop is perfect for a rustic themed home or room, the wooden elements were ideal for Taryn’s rustic nursery.

You can use this idea for you bedroom or even your home office. But, before you get started you need the necessary materials and tools.


-1 in X 8 in X 12 ft boards ( 5 were used for this project)

– Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

– Polycrylic

– 2″ Galvanized Nails

– Circular Saw

I started with 12 ft boards and stained them in Minwax Dark Walnut. My favorite stain.

Then, I gave it two coats of polycrylic. I generally brush on my poly, but I decided to try the spray version and I actually really liked it. It might be my new go-to.

The most time consuming part of the project was planning. I wanted to avoid cutting the boards around the light switch and outlet, so I decided to space the boards around them. I ended up using 8″ boards and I left a 10.5″ space in-between them. I highly recommend using a pencil and marking out the boards and spaces before putting everything up.

I placed the first board flush against the ceiling. Thankfully our ceiling was level so it made it easy to keep a straight line, but if you are working in an older house I recommend being very careful about how you place the first board because that will affect the rest of the wall. You’ll also want to use a level with each additional board just to double check. The first board was the only one that I had to add to, if you look closely there is a 21″ board filling in the gap on the upper left. The other boards fit perfectly.

To secure the boards to the wall, we first found the studs in the wall. Then used 2″ galvanized nails to secure them. We did 3 sets of nails into studs and then another set on the ends of each board.

Our boards bowed a little bit at the ends, so it was important to add an extra set of nails to the ends to help the board stay flush with the door trim.

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