$40 DIY Herringbone Accent Wall
Want to make a huge impact for not a lot of money?! This Herringbone Accent Wall is the perfect solution. By using cheaper pieces of lumber (called furring strips) and a few tools, you can make the accent wall of your dreams.
-1x3 furring strips (I used 6) - $12
-1x2 furring strips (I used 14) - $18
Liquid Nails Project Adhesive (x2) - $4
DAP Alex Caulk (x2) - $4
You will also need:
2 inch brad nails
Saw (miter saw or handsaw)
Note: furring strips are very cheap cuts of lumber. Choose the straightest pieces that you can.
Sand all your furrings strips. I sanded the sides and one top (I picked the ugliest side to be the back and made a mark on it so I wouldn't waste my time sanding the back). See the difference sanding makes?
Spread out your 1x3s evenly across the wall and cut to fit. (Don't assume your wall is level the entire length - measure and cut each 1x3 to fit the space.) Spread a thin line of Liquid Nails using your caulk gun and attach each 1x3 to the wall using 2 inch brad nails.
To get the angle for your herringbone pieces, lay a 1x2 across two of the 1x3s on the wall at the desired angle (eyeball it!) and mark the angles with a pencil. Cut each end with a saw along your pencil marks. Adjust as needed and then cut each 1x2 with the same angles. Attach them to the wall with liquid nails and brad nails.
Caulk EVERYWHERE. At each joint, at every seam, where each piece of board meets the wall. Everywhere.
Prime and paint and you're done!
This was such a fun project and made such a huge impact to our basement office. Now all my Zoom calls have a fancy backdrop!