Plank Wall

Can I make a confession? I live in a cookie cutter house. Yep, it’s true. It made the building process easy, but the living in it?  Yawn.

So, over the last couple years we’ve been adding a little character one project at a time. One of the few spaces that hadn’t been given much love was the stairwell. It’s just not a glamorous space ya know?

But it could be. If you added a plank wall that is.

So that’s exactly what we did.

And now it is most definitely glamorous. Ok. Perhaps that’s a stretch. But it is seriously improved.

I bet you’re wondering how we made the plank wall? Two words: easy and cheap.They are two of my favorite words.

When we’re talking DIY.

There are some great examples of plank walls that gave me some inspiration like here and here. And I couldn’t wait to get started on mine!

First off, this is a two person project. Or at least it was for us, since it’s about a 13′ wall.

And when I say two person project, I really mean I stood safely on the stair landing offering helpful ‘design’ guidance and moral support while Rick basically did…everything else.

While balancing on an extension ladder.

We really do make a good team.

Anyhow, we looked at a few different material options for the planks and decided to go with eucaboard, otherwise known as tempered hardboard. We found 4′ x 8′ panels at Home Depot for $10.28 per panel. There were two reasons why we chose this.

1. The price. The planks for the entire 8′ x 13′ wall was $41!

2. It was thin enough that we didn’t have to take the base board or trim off the window. Most other boards were too thick that we kept running into the problem of it not matching the trim.

And you know what else I love about Home Depot, they cut the boards for you. Here’s where my only ‘con’ comes in that you may want to consider. This is a tough board to cut perfectly straight lines. So if you plan to install the planks without any spacing, you’ll most likely have uneven edges.

Who am I kidding? You’ll have them even with spacers but luckily for us, we wanted our plank wall to have that ‘old, been here for 100 years’ look.

Others would call that rustic.2

And you know what I really love about that look? It’s so perfectly imperfect.

We started by installing the first board in the center of the wall, so that the top and bottom of the wall would have equal spacing. We used 1/8″ tile spacers to create a space between each board. Sometimes this space was more, sometimes less because of the slightly uneven cut of the boards.

But that just helped add to that 100 year old look.


Oh, I forgot to mention. We did a quick painting of the wall prior to installing the planks. We knew there’d be space between the boards peeking through and we wanted it the same color as the boards.

We used a nail gun for quick installation of the planks.

Once all the planks were installed, we used Zinsser primer because it’s what we had on hand and it works well. Then used paint the same color as the trim.


We added quarter round for trim along the plank edges. You wouldn’t have to add the quarter round, but it did give it a more finished look. We touched up the nail holes and the plank wall was done!


Did you happen to notice the photo display? You can see how I made that here.


It’s amazing how a few boards turn into a plank wall and give a completely different look to a space!



Link ups: Carrie This Home

About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. Oh I absolutely LOVE it – our wall in the stairwell is similar – however the top half opens to my studio – otherwise this would be my project this weekend. I just need to figure out another place to do this. It’s beautiful!
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  2. I have totally fallen in love with the look of plank walls since watching Fixer Upper where they use so much shiplap. This wall looks amazing and I’m crushing on the photo display idea! Thanks so much for sharing this at the party today, Amanda!
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  3. That looks amazing! I’ve never seen a plank wall done on the stairs before! It’s beautiful!!!
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  4. Love that plank wall!! It really changes the look of the whole stairway and makes it look so lovely! I’ve been wanting to do a plank wall too, but not sure how it’d look in our oddly shaped entryway/living room. Great job! :)
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    • Thanks Amanda! I know- I hesitate to start some projects too…but usually in the end I’m glad I did! Go for it- you could always take the planks down if you didn’t like it?! 😉

  5. Stunning! I want to do this to our basement stairway :)

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  6. It looks great! Love the simplicity of the uneven planks… plus the cost kind of rocks! Great job!
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  7. I love the plank wall! It looks fabulous!!!
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  8. I love this! It’s actually on my “to do” list once I work my way to our entry. Check out my plank wall post on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing yours!!
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  9. HI Amanda!

    This looks fantastic. I have yet to hear about this material to create a plank wall. So funny I am the same exact way when it comes to our projects. Pretty much stand on the side give some guidance and watch as the Hubs works away lol. Love how your wall turned out and the pictures are perfect there. We created a plank wall in our entryway and I am so eager to do one going up our stairs…especially since we have unflattering nail bumps (that I like to call mosquito bites) that are asking to be covered up. Pinning this!
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  10. I’m planning a similar project for my guest room so this was a really helpful read. It looks so pretty with the photo display!
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  11. WOW. This is a great post!! Your blog is lovely, by the way. :)
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  12. Hello! Found you via Motivational Monday! Oooh, I totally love it and going to pin this post to my pinterest board so I can refer back to it for creating my own plank wall myself! Beautiful DIY project. Thanks for sharing. :)
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  13. I adore planked walls and this is exactly why! What a transformation!!! I just love when people give character to builder homes, we’re working on it here too :) This will be one of my features tomorrow at On Display Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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  14. I just love your plank wall, Amanda! It’s gorgeous!
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  15. Amanda – Your projects are always so impressive! This plank wall is fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up at Something To Talk About!
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  16. Hi Amanda, this plank wall turned out so beautiful and bravo to you for taking on this more advanced project. Yes I haven’t used a saw yet….lol. Coming over from the Something To Talk About Link Party and of course you’re invited to link up again tomorrow morning again. Happy Sunday Lisa at Concord Cottage

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your nice words :) ….oh, and only the first cut is the scariest. After that you’ll just be addicted!

  17. You did a great job on this project! Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! This week’s party starts at 10pm tonight. We hope to see you again!
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