Feature walls don’t just have to be painted! We recently completed this DIY Bedroom feature wall makeover with repurposed flooring in my sister’s bedroom.
And the result is stunning!
One of the first interior projects completed in my sister’s house was the bedroom feature wall. This feature wall was made using timber flooring panels and looks amazing!
As the house is a Queenslander style home, roughly 70 years old, the original wall was a bit tired. The VJ boards had gotten wet at one stage and some had started to bow or buckle. As the wall itself was still structurally sound, we made the decision to cover, rather than replace.
DIY Bedroom Feature Wall Makeover with Repurposed Flooring
My sister had found secondhand flooring panels off Facebook Marketplace for a bargain price. The boards are a laminate click-clack style and are absolutely beautiful – just perfect as a feature!
Step 1 – Creating a flat wall surface
The original VJ wall was not entirely level, with some joins buckled. Therefore our first step was to create a flat surface in which to fit the new feature wall to.
The old window framing wall pulled away, as well as the moulding either side of the wall and the skirting along the floor.
Using the trusty Ryobi One+ Cordless Nail Gun, thin pine moulding was fixed to the flattest VJ boards. This ensured that when the new wall panels were installed, they would be level as they sat out from the wall, rather than directly onto it.
Step 2 – Plan your pattern
Once we’d finished this, next it was time to start planning. As we were using secondhand materials, we would be dealing with boards of all different sizes. The flooring had been removed from three different rooms so while the pattern was the same, the boards were three different widths.
Originally we were hoping for a really cool jigsaw type of effect, but ultimately the easiest method was keeping the same width boards together across the rows.
So once we were happy with the pattern, it was time to start securing the boards. This flooring using a tongue and groove system to fit securely into place and we were able to still use this system on the wall – albeit, not always perfectly.
For some areas, we had to trim boards – either to fit our space, or because they were already cut to fit their previous location. Cutting the ends off the boards, however, meant we were also cutting off the ‘click clack’ bit! In these instances, we made sure our cuts were straight using a table saw to eliminate any gaps.
Yet again, the Ryobi One+ Cordless Nail Gun was the tool of choice for this job. Other tools used included a level to make sure our rows were horizontal, and an Ozito Table Saw for trimming the boards.
We left a small gap around the window frame as the window would be getting fancy new architrave when the wall was finished.
NOTE: The aluminum frame would later be spray painted white. We should have done this BEFORE installing the feature wall. This one was a rookie error and thankfully we didn’t get any overspray on the new wall!
Just keep going, just keep going
Notice the changes of clothes in our photos? Yep, this wasn’t a ‘fast’ project at all. Making sure the pieces fit, the click clack was clicking and clacking, and the rows were level – well that’s all very time consuming.
Add in many breaks for snacks, and constant interruptions from the kids, and you’ve got a project that was completed over a few days.
Finally the end was in sight!
And just like that, it’s finished!
The end result is a big difference, don’t you agree?
And even more so now that the window framing and new curtains are in place! The ceiling and walls have fresh new paint, and the wardrobes have been built in.
What do you think of the new look? Comment below and let us know what you think!
I’m tagging along and helping my sister as she takes an old Queenslander house and makes it a home! We are bringing this old house to the modern day with a fresh new look.
Stay tuned to A World Imperfect as I share more amazing transformations on this renovation project!
Does your bedroom need a makeover? Maybe it’s just your furniture that could use a new look. Take a look at my easy DIY Bedhead Makeover blog HERE.