Easy DIY Wood Slat Wall Treatment
Last Updated on June 8, 2022
Add interest to any area of your home with this DIY wood slat wall treatment! Read on for the full materials list and tutorial.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have already seen our colorful mudroom makeover and wood slat wall projects unfold. But so many of you loved it, I wanted to be sure to create a tutorial for you! This project was really easy and affordable. Best of all, it makes a HUGE impact in a small space.
I really wanted to update the look of our mudroom after recently finishing our laundry room. The spaces are right beside each other and it felt weird to have a colorful and beautiful laundry room right next to a lifeless mudroom. You can see how the two rooms relate to each other in the photos at the end of this post.
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How to Install Square Wood Dowels on a Wall
You can see a good overview of this project in the video below. There is also a written tutorial below the video for your convenience :)
- 3/8″ square wood dowels (the 4 foot lengths I purchased can be found here). I used 47 pieces for this area.
- DAP Weldwood Original Wood Glue
- Compound miter saw (or you can have someone cut them at the hardware store for you if you don't have a saw–you could also use a hand saw and miter box)
- Finishing nailer (or you can use a hammer and small finishing nails–I used 16 gauge 1 1/2″ finishing nails)
- Paint in colors of your choice. I used Bee, Swimming, Oleander and Quite Coral by Sherwin-Williams as well as Coral Crush in this brand to paint the wood dowels. If you are curious, I used this paint in Seaside to paint the entire mudroom built-in.
- DAP Fast N' Final Lightweight Spackling
1) Start by cutting all of your wood dowels to length. I set up a simple jig once I determined the correct length so that I could cut 4 at a time without measuring each time. It moved pretty quickly. Use sandpaper to clean up and rough edges caused by your cuts.
2) Paint 3 sides of each wood dowel in whatever colors you like. I used Bee, Swimming, Oleander and Quite Coral by Sherwin-Williams as well as Coral Crush in this brand to paint the wood dowels. (If you are curious, I used this paint in Seaside to paint the entire mudroom built-in).
3) Once the paint has dried, run a small bead of DAP Weldwood Original Wood Glue on the unpainted side of each dowel. Then attach it to your wall by placing a finishing nail at the top, middle and bottom. If your wood isn't perfectly straight, you may need a few additional nails to hold it in a perfectly straight position. Because I was placing my dowels over beadboard, I used the beads in the wood to dictate my spacing. If you are installing this treatment on a flat wall, decide on your placement and use a piece of scrap wood cut to the size of your desired spacing to ensure even spacing.
4) Repeat until you are finished! Then use DAP Fast N' Final Lightweight Spackling to fill any nail holes. It's my favorite spackling to use because it dries quickly and it allows you to patch and prime all in one step. You can read some of my spackling tips in this post. Allow to dry then sand and touch-up paint as needed.
That's it! So easy and just look at what a huge impact it makes in a space! Take a look at the before and after.
Now we have a colorful backdrop for tons of functional storage. The colorful bins on the top shelf store things we don't need often, like dog poop bag refills and hand and toe warmers. My husband and I use the hooks on the mudroom bench for our coats/jackets and my purse. Then each member of our family has a monogramed bag to store things like hats, gloves and masks that we need to grab regularly.
Unfortunately, hooks on the mudroom bench are a bit too high for our girls to use. So we also added even MORE storage for our girls' coats and backpacks on the wall opposite our mudroom bench. I filled it with lots of their artwork from when they were younger and used color with total abandon!
Now we have all the storage AND color we need in this space.
I hope your creativity juices are flowing and you are thinking of a way to incorporate a wood slat wall in your own home. I love that you can totally change the colors and even the spacing to create an entirely different look!
Mudroom Source List
If you are looking for any of the sources for the items you see in our mudroom, just click on any of the images below for full product details.
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