DIY Plank Wall

A simple plank wall takes this little nook from boring to charming.

The other day, I got dressed.

I mean I really got dressed…

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

You know, put on an actual dress… Nothing fancy, but not old shorts and a t-shirt.

My hair was clean in a braid, and I even added a little mascara and lip gloss.  I finished it all off with a spritz of perfume (to cover up my eau de chlorine smell I’ve acquired since we moved into a house with a pool 😉 ).

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

The reason?  None.  I was simply taking my kids to Target, and I was pretty proud of myself for making myself so presentable.

As I was walking down the hall, my four year old raised his nose.

*Sniff sniff*

And said, “Mom… it smells like church.”

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

Nothing gets past this guy. 😉

He seriously is so different from his older brother, and it has been such an adventure for us as parents to figure out what it looks like to parent them as individuals.  As the second boy (only 22 months younger than his brother), he gets a long list of hand-me-downs.  And as the middle child, he often gets put off for his brother’s activities or his baby sister’s needs.

I’m just keeping it real here, y’all.  I cannot be everywhere all the time.  But in light of that fact, it was a special joy to create something just for him.

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

The boys share a room and have matching antique beds (that my brother and I used growing up) and vintage side tables in each their own alcove, but big brother has a window, so little brother needed a little something special.

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

I have a dream of one day planking this whole room, not because “shiplap” or planks are so popular right now but because with its eaves and alcoves it reminds me a bit of our attic at our last house… But with the rounded sheetrock corners, numerous doors and windows, and other complications, that’s just not in the cards right now.  So a little accent for our little man to mark his space was a good start.  Hare-y the hare seems pleased, at least.

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

He loves his new little nook, and mommy loves the crisp white walls and texture the planks provide.  Plus, it was a fun project for Mr. Pax and me while the kids visited grandparents last week… I told you I was a little productive!

I’ll have a tutorial for you soon, I promise, and more progress on their room.  In the meantime, here’s to creating beautiful things for loved ones with your own two hands!

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

love the plank accent behind this antique bed, such a charming, farmhouse look

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  1. Love! I’ve been begging my husband to do something similar in my boys’ room. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

  2. That looks beautiful! I’m dying to do something similar in our home, but I haven’t managed to convince my husband yet. I love how this turned out!

  3. The contrast between the white plank wall and the wooden antique bed is simply gorgeous! And that night table is so original!

  4. Marlene says:

    I know he was proud and looks so good.Thanks

  5. Rachel,
    I love that look. YOu are right, it is a great way to enhance that low ceiling and make it look good.
    I’ve been a stay at home mom for 17+ years now. My boys are 21 months apart, and my first is off to college this fall. He is ready, but we are not! LOL And then we have to see the next one off next year. I never felt the urge for a 3rd, not enough to go through pregnancy again. You cetainly have your hands full. I’m sure you find special ways and times for your middle child.
    I can’t say I miss the heart wrenching days when they were sick, but savor all the rest!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Oh, Cindy, I love this! So sweet to hear about another mom of two boys so close together. I know this is a special (and hard!) time for you as you send the first one off to college… Good luck with that!!!

  6. Can you supply the paint brand and color? I love all the white in your house but it’s a hard color to get right! Thanks so much!

  7. why don’t you take a #2 pencil and draw the lines on the other walls till you can finish?

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