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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Fake a Plank Wall: Teen Boys Room Update

I have been compensated and provided materials to share this fun project! 
While I've been compensated by Walls Republic, opinions are 100% mine!

Our 16 year old son is getting a makeover on his room. The last time we painted his room he was 8, so it's long overdue! I suggested an "industrial look to him" and showed him pictures and he was all for it. Along with this look is the fun planked wall look and I wanted that for his room, but I did NOT want to do that much work. Thanks to wallpaper, I was able to fake it in under 2 hours!

Teen Boy Industrial Look bedroom moodboard

You may remember that we made him a really unique, large desktop with laminate flooring, just a couple of weeks ago. So, now I was ready to work on his big red wall. Check out this before and after below! You're going to want to pin this post -- it's that good!

Before, during, and after hanging the wallpaper horizontally for a planked wall look ::

Yep! A bit dramatic, right? Can you believe I did this with wallpaper? It's so nice -- it feels {almost} and looks like real wood paneling. Wall Republic supplied me with the amazing wallpaper. They let me get some samples and then I chose from those!

I dramatically changed the room by using wallpaper instead of actual wood planks. And it's a whole lot easier than cutting, staining, and finding wood planks -- that's for sure! I'm all about making the process as easy as you can, so this made it that much easier.

Wallpaper samples from Walls Republic ::

If you were watching my Instagram over the last few months, you may have noticed that I was trying to decide on which wood "planking" wallpaper to choose! Well, I chose number 5 above. It's the Brown Timberland. The texture on these wallpapers is amazing.

Wallpapering tools ::

Supplies and tools I used:

  • Measuring Tape and Level
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Paste brush
  • Smoothing brush
  • Straight edge
  • Seam roller {pictured but not really used much}
  • Large sponge
  • Utility knife

Now, I could give you a whole tutorial, step by step, picture by picture, of how I hung the wallpaper - but that would be boring! I wanted to show - literally - how easy it was to hang this wallpaper. It took me under two hours with my son helping me a little bit. So, I set my video camera in the corner and let it roll. Here is a time lapse {3 minute video} of how quickly and easily I got this wallpaper up -- and keep in mind that I've never hung wallpaper before - and couldn't find anywhere about hanging it horizontally:

Or click HERE to see video on YouTube.

But, the best part is what a dramatic way it was to update his room. I mean, seriously, the walls were RED! And now, this calm gray-colored wood planking! My son really loves it. Also, hanging the wallpaper horizontally actually took LESS wallpaper - yep! Only two rolls and I only needed to butt the seams in one spot towards the bottom of the wall - which is totally unnoticable!

I got this wallpaper from Wall Republic and their wallpapers are unique because they have "paste the wall" technology. So, I put the paste directly on the wall and hung it that way -- and it's SUPER easy! I'm ready to wallpaper again. I can't believe I finished it in under 2 hours - including pasting, cutting, etc.

Fake planked wall with wallpaper in a teen boy's room ::

Here is a close up of the wallpaper. If you touch it, you can feel the texture, too.

Fake planked wall with wallpaper in a teen boy's room ::

His room is getting closer to being done! Up next are his shelves we need to build and a little artwork above the bed. So, tell me, what do you think of the wallpaper and the planked wall look? Would you ever try this?

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  1. Oh my gorgeous, that looks amazing! I love the look. I've never wallpapered by myself, but I think I could handle this! :) Off to check it out.

  2. Love it! That looks easier than painting since it takes quite a few coats to cover red. I'm tempted on the white for my family room.

  3. Looks amazing!!! Awesome job. I can't wait to see the reveal.

  4. Inspired for sure! I have been dying to plank my master bedroom accent wall and get rid of the weirdo stencil I did :) Thanks for the kick in the bum !!


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