Feature Wall Design Ideas
Creating a feature wall to enhance the look of your room is the perfect DIY project.
Last winter I was all set to create a board and batten feature wall in the basement, but with so many other projects to complete, a feature wall was low on the priority list. Once I decided where I wanted my feature wall, I made some rough calculations of how much wood I need to get the look I was dreaming about. Realizing the cost of recreating my favorite board and batten design was too costly for the basement, I went to the local overstock warehouse Loading Dock South for ideas on making it more affordable.
Luckily I found they had just gotten a pallet of 5 ¼” baseboards. They were close to 70% off retail. So with another rough estimate of the amount I needed, this was a steal! My plan moved from traditional board and batten to four large “frames” using these beautiful baseboards. I felt this new design would complement the beadboard ceiling and not over power the size of the room.
I measured and cut the boards to size using a miter saw. A table saw would have been a better idea for this size baseboards.
I attached the baseboards to the wall using a pneumatic nail gun.
I used the longest level I had, liquid adhesive and tape when a stud wasn’t nearby.
You might think this is the after photo, sadly it isn’t. See the space between the frames at the top? I thought that looked unfinished so I decided to make three more smaller boards to connect them.
Using the remnants of the baseboards I trimmed the decorative edge off with a jigsaw.
Attached to wall with liquid adhesive.
In total the project took about a week and has enhanced the room so much, this is the before picture taken November 2014.
The After I made a few changes! Keep reading…
Update November 23, 2015
I have finished the finishing work!! I’ve concealed the seams around the door, mended the drywall on the adjoining wall as well as repairing the drywall we added to the soffit and had a “friend” do the mud/tape/sanding work. This is what I did:
Using this screen moulding from Home Depot to act as a door stop and cover the vertical seam.
I measured the wall and cut the trim with a 45 degree angle on each end. Using Gorilla Glue liquid adhesive I added a small bead vertically down the wall.
Pressing hard and using tape to adhere to wall.
I measured and cut the horizontal piece and attached the same way.
I continued the pattern every other panel.
I found the best method was to apply the adhesive first, then lay the new moldings on top and taping. You can also use an 18 gauge nail gun.
Once that was finished it looked kind of funny so I added around the actual baseboards plus I added this trim for giggles.
In order to repair the drywall I had to remove the door AGAIN and it’s not light! Scavenging a piece of drywall from our garage instead of buying a 4×8 sheet I repaired this 4″ gap.
Then a two coats of paint.
Since I am getting so good at this drywall thing, I decided to repair the drywall from the wall to the ceiling that looked horrible! Thankfully we no longer have the weird “trim” to cover the ridiculous drywall job.
The Real After Picture but before I built the ceiling, which is now complete!
Here it is with the ceiling finished, looking amazing! Can’t wait to finish the floors 🙂
I am editing the countless hours of video I recorded and will share that on YouTube eventually, here is just a quick look at what you can expect.
The hidden door aspect of this project was such a learning experience. Rather than having a 10 page post on everything I learned I decided to create a Feature Wall and Hidden Door planning guide. It will include more specifics about the materials & tools I used plus the plethora of mistakes I made that you will be able to avoid.
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Here is a quick video that my daughter helped me make showing the door really does work, check it!