Installing Wall Paneling: Entryway Design

Installing Wall Paneling: Entryway Design

"Updating the Home Entryway with some paneling fun!"

I believe that most people judge a home by it's entryway, so I figured why not add some flair to my entryway wall and add some wall paneling. I always love adding wall paneling to rooms because its the easiest and one of the cheapest ways to update a space. 

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The Before

First, let's take a look at the before! Not too shabby, but I knew adding the paneling would only elevate this space even more.

I decided to go with a more simplistic approach because I didn't want to overwhelm people when they walked in, but it didn't take much to make this space pop.

Step 1: Mapping out the Design

The first thing I did was map out my design. I am a visual person, so I always like to use scotch painters tape to visualize my design first. This allows me to make design changes before actually having to commit to them.

Using Scotch Painters Tape to tape out designI had two different designs in my head, but ultimately I settled on the more complicated design, and thanks to the tape, I felt confident going into my project that I had made the right choice.

Taping painters tape on wall

Step 2: Adding the Wall Paneling

Now that the design is all mapped out, one by one I started added the trim where I had taped. I removed the tape where the board should go and then I used my brad nailer and 2" brad nails to attach my paneling to the wall. I opted not to use adhesive this go round because Im pretty sure I'm going to end up changing the design in a few years.

Installing wall paneling with a dewalt brad nailerI went through and installed the vertical trim first, and then started to install the horizontal trim. I cut my trim down with my miter saw for nice clean cuts. I did not use adhesive for the majority of this project, except for one piece to ensure it was flush. Mainly, because I may change up this design in the future and it will be easier to remove.

I used a level to ensure the wood prices were secured evenly.

Wall Paneling

Step 3: Prepping and Painting

With the paneling installed, it was time to prep the wall. First I went through and filled in all of the nail holes and openings where the boards meet with wood filler, then I went back and used caulk to fill in all of the gaps between the trim and the wall. This ensures a seamless look at the end. Painting Wall panelingI painted about two/three coats on the paneling once it was ready, using both a roller and paint brush. Once the coats were on, it was finished! This small project definitely elevated this space and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Entryway DesignThe one other thing I really love is the table that I built. It was the first project I made for my new house and I love that it's the first thing everyone can see. Check  out the details here on how I built this table

Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to see the video process of me installing this wall,  head on over to my Instagram and check out my "Entryway" Highlight! I had a ton of questions about the install so I figured I'd answer some of the frequent questions here!

Did you nail them into studs or not neccesary?

Typically wall paneling projects such as this one do not require you to utilize the studs.  The brad nails or adhesive should be enough to hold the weight of the trim boards.

When you measure your pieces, do you cut exact or leave a little extra to tap in?

I typically try to leave a little extra because wood expands over time.

How did you make the vertical pieces extend to the baseboard?

The boards weren't long enough to span the size of the wall so I cut additional smaller pieces and butted them up against each other to create the illusion of one board.

Will you have to putty fill all the holes?

I always fill all nail holes I create, otherwise they will be seen.

Are your walls textured?

Yes my walls are textured and this project worked out just fine.

Can this type of project be done in a rental?

I probably wouldn't do this type of project in a rental without permission, but I have seen this done using command strips, to make it less permanent.

Well enough talk, let's get to the good stuff, the sources!

Before you head out, here's one last before and after!

Before and after of entryway

and as always, thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley

June 01, 2021 — Ashley Basnight
Guest Bedroom Makeover

Guest Bedroom Makeover | Installing an Accent Wall

"A guest bedroom your visitors will never want to leave."

As most of you know, I have been settling in to my new home and have been slowly but surely taking my time DIY'ing my way through the house. This guest room project was one of the top projects on my list and I'm so happy to finally share the reveal with you guys!

"This post is sponsored by The Home Depot."

Materials Used

The Before

Before we jump into the guest bedroom makeover, we first have to take a look at where we started! As you can see, my guest bedroom was a plain white room; similar to many of my other bedrooms.

Master bedroom makeover before

With so many of the rooms in my home being white, I really wanted to go moody in this bedroom, so I decided to do a total 180 and man am I so glad I did. Now let's get into the details.

Step 1: Install the Accent Wall

Home Depot Mobile App

 First, I had to decide on what kind of accent wall I wanted. I decided to go with this particular accent wall design because it was budget friendly.

The best part about shopping at The Home Depot, is knowing exactly where everything is. Although I'm new to the city, with the help of The Home Depot mobile app I always know where everything is. The product locator shows me exactly which aisle and bay things are and I can always check before hand to see if my items are in stock. This always makes my trips more meaningful and saves a ton of time!

To kick off the accent wall, I first started installing the vertical boards. To start, I installed the top pine boards and secured them to the wall by first applying a bead of paneling adhesive all along the back of the board and then attaching it to the wall with brad nails and my brad nailer. I calculated the correct spacing I would need in order for the boards to look even; this is the calculation I used.

Accent wall calculation

In order to achieve the look that I wanted, I decided to install the accent wall with a mix of 1x3 and 1x4 boards. I decided to use select pine because they are a little smoother then regular pine. 

Luckily, when I built my house, I had my builder install regular trim boards that are exactly like the boards I will be installing, so there was no need for me to remove the baseboards.

Install Vertical Accent WallUnfortunately, the boards weren't long enough to reach the baseboard, but that was an easy fix. I just cut some additional 1x3 boards down to size and secured them to the wall underneath the installed boards.

I must say that my battery powered caulk gun always makes jobs like these that much easier and my Dewalt brad nailer is my absolute favorite.

Installing Accent WallOnce my boards were all installed, I went back through and filled all of the nail holes with wood filler to make it nice and smooth and then added caulk to each of the boards to fill any crevice openings. I do this to make the paneled boards look seamless with the walls. Caulk and wood filler for an accent wallOnce that was all dry, I went through and did some light sanding to prep the boards for paint. 

Step 2: Paint the Bedroom

This was by far the most exciting part, because if you know me , I am more of a white wall person, so I was so anxious to get this color on the walls! If you are here for the paint color, I'm not surprised because this shade of green was the PERFECT paint choice for this bedroom. Shop this link for the exact color and sheen!

Painting a bedroom black bambooI went through and painted all of the walls with Black Bamboo using my paint extension pole. I have used this pole a few times and the extension always makes painting a wall seem a lot easier; especially when painting ceilings.

I honestly was unsure whether I wanted to commit and actually paint the ceiling, but I'm so glad I did.

Painting a bedroomOnce I painted the whole room, I went back through with a paint brush and painted all of the cracks and crevices to complete the painted look.

Step 3: Style the Room

This by far is always my favorite part of a room makeover; styling the room. It took me a little while to find all of the items I wanted but eventually I found some great finds. See some of the goodies I used in this guest bedroom!

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The best part was while I was working hard on my accent wall and painting my room, my items were being delivered to my local store. The Home Depot offers a BOPIS and curbside service where you can buy online and pick up in store or drive up to the curbside and have your order brought out to you. I was able to use both services for this project and it made trips to the store fast and easy!

Home Depot StoreI really love that they've nailed down a good system. When I arrived for curbside pickup, I hit the "I'm at the store" button in The Home Depot App and someone was right out with my order. Now that is what I call service!

There were a few items I went back and forth on, but then I finally nailed down a design that I loved. Now let's get to the part you've all have been waiting for; the reveal!

The Final Reveal

Well here it is, the long awaited guest bedroom reveal. Moody was definitely the way to go and I think I hit the nail on the head; now accepting all guest!

Guest Bedroom Makeover

I really wanted to create a space my guest would love and maybe just not even want to leave. As a girl who lives alone, I always welcome guest, so why not give them a reason to not want to leave.

Guest Bedroom MakeoverI've always defined my personal style as a mix of three design styles; I call it "modern boho glam", and this room was a direct reflection of that personal style.

Guest bedroom makeover with black bambooI love using rich and bold patterns and love rooms that show character and this room was no different! The best part is this makeover was something I was able to knock out in a weekend!  

Guest Bedroom MakeoverBut I can't go without saying that The Home Depot had so many good options to choose from; I mean the arched mirror, the bold pillows, the bed, everything just made my accent wall come to life!

Guest bedroom makeover with black bambooThis particular color shows up so differently in the light vs. in the dark. In the light, the green really shines through and at night it reads more black; I assume that's why they call it black bamboo!

guest bedroom makeoverTalk about a transformation; this room doesn't even look the same! I am so happy with how this guest bedroom makeover came out. I am so glad that I decided to go moody because now this room definitely feels like a getaway spot.

Guest bedroom makeover with black bambooOne of my favorite spots in this guest bedroom is this little reading nook. This was too good of a space to let it go to waste, so I figured why not turn it into a little reading space that my guests could chill out in.

before and after bedroomIt's always a good makeover when the space looks nothing like the before picture! I hope you guys enjoyed this short project and I look forward to many more with you guys!

guest bedroom makeoverAs always, thanks for reading, XOXO Ashley.


April 16, 2021 — Ashley Basnight
Wall Stencil | Cordelia Tile

Wall Stencil | Cordelia Tile

"This Cordelia Tile Wall Stencil is cutting edge."

I knew this wall stencil would be the main feature of my laundry room makeover, so I knew I had to go big or go home. This isn’t my first rodeo with a stencil, so I knew going in that eventually during this project I would hate myself for choosing such a tedious option, but I’m glad I stuck with it, because I love how the wall stencil came out.

Wall Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils on a  Laundry Room Wall with Behr Paint


I really love how well the wall stencil colors contrast with my new vinyl flooring. I was a little unsure about it in the beginning, but I couldn't be more happier with how it turned out.

Wall Stencil

Tape off Wall

Wall Stencil

The first step for my wall stencil project was taping off the wall. I used some painter’s tape I had to go along the edges of the wall and shelving unit. You want to make sure you use a good brand of tape to ensure you have clean lines once it is removed.

Paint Wall

Once the tape was placed on the wall, I began painting the wall I was stenciling in white. This was the color I wanted to show through the stencil colors. I used Behr Marquee Ultra Pure White for this. I applied it using a regular paint roller.

Apply Wall Stencil

Wall Stencil

Once the paint was dried, it was time to apply the stencil. I started with each individual color and started to fill in the stencil with the colors I wanted. I used Cutting Edge Stencils stencil brushes and I must say, they have been the best brushes that I have tried so far, when it comes to a stencil brush.

When applying paint to a wall stencil, it’s extremely important to make sure you don’t use too much paint. Otherwise, you will get a lot of bleed through. It may take a little longer to stencil but the finished product will be much better in the end.

Clean Stencil

Throughout applying the stencil, I would often clean off the paint, to make sure the stencil didn’t become hard with dry paint. IT was super easy to clean off. I would place the stencil in the tub, let hot water run over it for 1 minute and the paint would wipe right off. I cleaned it for every 12/14 times I painted the stencil on the wall, and then once after I was finished.

Be sure to check out the final reveal here!

Laundry Room Makeover - Wall Stencil

June 28, 2018 — Ashley Basnight