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This project was featured in an episode of our DIY show Knock It Off.
To watch this episode online, click HERE.
Planked walls are the perfect touch for a coastal or nautical room (or in this case a pirate ship bedroom) but buying that much wood would cost a pretty penny!  Instead, we chose to use paneling.
We’re known for being anti-panneling, but we’re usually talking about 1970s paneling that screams “outdated basement!”This paneling, when hung correctly works like a charm!
Lowe’s sells 8×4 panels of light greyish paneling that has a nice coastal feel to it.
The key to making sure it doesn’t turn 70’s granny basement, is installing the panels so the lines go horizontally.  That’s also what gives the nautical planked feeling.
We measured our walls and outlets and switches so we could template and cut them out of the panels.
 We used a circular saw to cut full lengths and a jigsaw to cut out the outlets and switches.
This is definitely a case of measure twice, cut once- so make sure you check and double check your measurements so that your panels install easily.
To install them, we just used a nail gun and made sure we hit a few studs, and got all the edges secure.
You will have some seam lines where your panels meet, but it blends in nicely with the coastal feel.  We also added rope along the seam between the ceiling and panels, but you could easily use crown molding if you want a more finished, less nautical look.
These planked walls made a huge impact on the space and were super inexpensive, at $15 per panel, it’s way more affordable (and easier to install) than individual planks of wood.
To check out more about the other projects in this room, check out our Knock It Off DIYs Page and to watch this episode online Click HERE!

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  1. What a great idea for the beds! And I love the treasure map. Nice job!

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