Shiplap has been a commonly used feature in many homes for decades.
But shiplap falls short when you’re looking for something original and interesting for your home or business. At this point, it’s not very original and doesn’t offer what homeowners are looking for in an accent wall.
Reclaimed wood paneling offers originality, sustainability, and a unique way to make your home look great.
We’re giving you all the info you need to install paneling in your home. Let’s get started.
Purchasing Your Wood Paneling
Before you can install the wood paneling, you have to purchase it. Where you purchase your reclaimed wood matters because the quality of the product itself will vary drastically depending on the vendor you purchase it from, what it’s made of, and how it’s intended to be installed.
Local hardware stores often have paneling that you can purchase specifically for installation on walls. But, another option is purchasing from a lumberyard or specialty store like Manomin Resawn Timbers. We offer specific resawn timber options for wood paneling that will give your home a unique look.
Types of Wood Paneling
As you look through different purchasing options for wood paneling, it’s important to know that there are a few different types of wood, different ways of installing it, and different sizes to consider.
At MR Timbers, we’re partial to reclaimed wood paneling and not just because it’s our bread and butter. But because there’s a lot of value in choosing a product that’s been recycled, restored, and reused creatively.
Reclaimed wood panels can come from almost anywhere. Sometimes the wood comes from warehouses or old factories, and other times it comes from barns or remodeling homes. Either way, the wood offers character and is sometimes more than 100 years old.
There are several colors/shades of wood that you can purchase from a reclaimed wood dealer. Whatever style or design you’re going for, we can help!
In the last few years, one of the big trends has been to create a shiplap wall in your home or business. HGTV and other remodeling influencers have made it even more popular.
Shiplap is usually something you buy from your local lumber yard or hardware store, and the boards come ready to be slid together just like tongue and groove and then nailed or fastened to the wall.
Tongue and Groove
The main difference between tongue and groove and shiplap is that shiplap is often made to overlap one board over another. Tongue and groove, however, fit together at the joints and don’t overlap at all.
Whether you choose tongue and groove or shiplap is up to how you want the wall to look when it’s finished.
Board and Batten
Board and batten allow you to install a paneling that offers a 3D approach. First, your “boards” or panels are attached to the walls, and then the “batten” or molding is situated between the panels.
Board and batten can be expensive to have installed, but it offers a very sophisticated look to any home or room. It can also be a fun way to add depth to an accent wall.
Similar to baseboards, raised panels are often set against the floor or ceiling to offer a more pronounced molding in a room.
This paneling option has often been used in formal areas throughout colonial homes, where it gives a very high-end and fancy look to dining or sitting rooms in a home.
Often used in homes or commercial spaces to provide depths to walls and add a material that’s more durable than drywall. Flat panels are laid on the wall and accented by the edges that they’re commonly raised above.
These panels can often be made of a synthetic material that imitates the look of wood.
Installing the Paneling in Your Home
DIY wood paneling is possible, but we do recommend talking with a professional if you’re going after a larger area in the home. There is no sense in getting in over your head and not being able to finish the project. Here are the steps we’ll be going over for installing reclaimed wood paneling.
- Gather the tools you’ll need
- Prep the wall for installation
- Draw or tape or reference line
- Measure twice and cut once
- Adhere the panels with glue or nails
- Stagger your seams and
- Cut around outlets or other obstacles
- Admire your handy work
Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Materials
Before you can get started at all, you’ll need to gather any tools you need and the materials to complete the project. You can find reclaimed wood panels online or from reclaimed wood dealers that are local to you. These sellers will often group different shades of wood together so that it looks great as you install it.
Tools you’ll need include:
- Construction adhesive
- Caulk gun
- 1-2 inch finish nails
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
Optional tools to make the job easier:
- Paint supplies and paint
- Contour gauge
- Speed square
- Air nail gun
- Laser level
- Air compressor
- Jigsaw or Dremel tool
- Power saw
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
You won’t need all of these saws at once, but depending on what your project entails, it might not hurt to have them close by.
Step 2: Prep the Wall for Installation and Paint
Some of the prep for the wall is included in the next step. But before you jump to that one, it might be a good idea to paint the wall that you’re installing on. There are a few different options for what color to paint the wall, but we recommend black.
When you’re working with reclaimed wood, sometimes, it can have gaps and other characteristics that allow you to see through to the wall behind it. Painting the wall black makes it so that those features can stand out, and you don’t see past it to a white wall behind the wood.
Step 3: Level and Create a Reference Line
The next step to making sure that your wall is ready for the wood is to level and create a reference line to help you place the wood in the right space.
Laser levels work great to help create this line. Otherwise, you can use a tape measure and level as well. Consider tape or a pencil to more permanently place that reference line where you need it to be.
Step 4: Cut Your Boards Carefully to Size
Next, you can place your first few boards. Depending on whether or not your boards are all the same size and what the wall is like that you’re installing them on, you might only need to make one cut for the first few rows.
We recommend laying some of the boards out before installing them. If you move too quickly to install them, you might find that you don’t like the pattern of different wood grains together or that they won’t fit the way you wanted them to.
Step 5: Adhere the Boards to Your Wall
You have a few options when you’re ready to place the boards on the wall. You can use glue or nail the boards to your studs. Either way works, and sometimes homeowners or installers will opt for both if they’re working with a heavier piece of wood.
When you’re nailing the boards to your studs, you’ll first have to find the studs with a stud finder and mark them out. If you use your level to mark the studs floor to ceiling, you’ll only need to do it once, and you can then nail each board easily and confidently.
Step 6: Stagger Your Seams During Installation
Staggering your seams on every row after the first is crucial to a great-looking reclaimed wood panel wall. You can do this by cutting the first board on every row down to around 6-8 inches from the first seam. Then, if all of your boards are the same length, you’ll easily be able to install them without lining up the seems.
Step 7: Cut Around Any Obstacles as You Go
You may encounter some obstacles as you work up the wall: outlets, light switches, and vents. You’ll need to cut around these obstacles carefully. Make sure to measure a few times so that you get the cut right on and not make any mistakes.
Hopefully, there aren’t too many obstacles on the wall you choose to install the paneling on, but if there are, you’ll just need to go slow about it.
Step 8: Admire Your Handy Work
If you carefully followed all of our steps, then it’s time to admire your handy work. Installing one of these wood panel walls isn’t always easy. You should be proud and ready to show off the wall to your friends and family the next time they stop by.
We hope this guide has helped you in your journey towards a wood-paneled wall. Remember, if you’re looking for sustainable, long-lasting, and superior paneling for your walls, choose reclaimed wood from Manomin.
A reclaimed wood wall comes with character that will look great in any home and be unique from anything else out there. Get an estimate from us today!