How to Build a Stunning DIY Wood Slat Wall

By Corbin

Do you want to add some extra style to your home but don’t want to spend a lot of money? A DIY wood slat wall is the perfect solution! 

This blog post will show you how to build your own wood slat wall with minimal tools and supplies. 

We’ll go over everything you need to know, from picking the right wood to attaching the slats. So get ready to add a touch of rustic charm to your home!

Option 1: There is a cheap way to do this and a fast(er) way to build a slat wall. The cheaper way is to buy a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood and cut it into 1×2 slats using a table saw or circular saw. 

Decide What Wood You Want To Use

Step 1

I decided to go with pine 1x2s, I went with these because they are straight and smooth. So I didn’t have to do very much sanding and of course, I didn’t have to make long cuts with a table saw. I got my wood from The Home Depot for $7.58 each (before tax).

Option 2

Before you start attaching your wood slats to the wall you’ll want to prep the area first. This means removing any rough spots, filling in holes, and cleaning the wall with a damp cloth. Once your wall is prepped, you can move on to painting.

Prep Your Wall For Paint

Step 2

Now it’s time to paint your wall! You can use any color you want, but I recommend using a dark color so that it doesn't clash with the wood slats.


Step 3

My wall is 8 feet tall but I decided to keep my baseboards installed, from the baseboard to the ceiling was 92-93 inches (my ceiling is level) so the height varied depending on what side you were on. Because of this, I did have to cut a few inches off of each wood slat so it would fit.

Measure And Cut Slats

Step 4

If you want to add a little bit of color to your wood slats you can stain them before attaching them to the wall. I decided to go with the summer oak stain after doing a test with a few different colors, but you can use any color you want. 

Stain Wood

Step 5

After you have your wood slats all cut, sanded, and stained (if you choose to do so) it’s time to seal them. I did 1 coat of polyurethane on each side of the wood just to be safe. 

Seal Slats with Polyurethane

Step 6

Now it’s time to attach the wood slats to the wall! I used my brad nailer for this which I highly recommend. You could also add some sort of adhesive like liquid nails to the back as well if you wanted.

Attach wood to wall

Step 7

The brad nails will leave very small holes that you can fill in using wood filler. This can be kind of a tedious task but, depending on your preference it can really give it a clean look. So people however do like to leave the holes for a more rustic look.

Fill In Nail Holes

Step 8

If you did fill in the holes with wood filler you will most likely want to give the holes a lite sand and touch them up with a little bit of stain.

Touch Up Holes With Stain

Step 9

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