The instructions below are intended as a guide to aid you in installing an accent wall.
Refer to the video at the bottom of this page, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call should you have any questions.
- Liquid Nails Adhesive in a tube
- Caulk Gun
- Hammer (electric nailer will speed up process)
- Tape Measure
- Place the box(es) opened in the space the barn wood will be installed to let it acclimate to that environment for at least 1 week. This will help further stabilize the wood to its new home.
- Clean the surface it will be installed on. Use caution installing over wall paper or existing wood paneling. Check for and avoid moisture, visible water or mold stains, and leaking windows. **Please note: It is your responsibility to be sure the material is not installed in an area of high moisture.
- To prepare for installation, we recommend laying out the pieces to get an idea of how you are going to fit the material together and work with the wonderful various patina’s and sizes of each board. Due to the ship lap, the boards should fit right together, so it’s pretty quick to install.
- Locate the studs in your wall & mark vertical lines where they are as a reference for nailing.
- Using a level, make an eye level horizontal reference line in the center of the wall.
- Read the instructions on the adhesive tube. Per instructions, apply the adhesive to the back of your longest board using your caulking gun. Create a wide zig-zag or “S” line to be sure to get an even distribution. Do not glue the ship lap joint.
- Place the longest board on your reference line and nail it to the wall. Use enough nails spaced out on each board to assure the board will stay in place until the adhesive sets. **Pro Tip: Take into consideration the base boards and trim. You can remove the base boards with a crow bar and replace after install if preferred.
- Continue with the same application for the rest of the material, working out up and across from the first installed board. Be sure to line up your ship lap and stagger the end joints of the boards. **Helpful Hint: Leaving about a nickel’s thickness between the ship lap will allow the wood to move if needed with the changes of moisture in the air. **Pro Tip: Prepare for outlets and switches by measuring and pre-cutting boards before applying adhesive. It will help to remove outlet covers first. (*Be sure power is off)
- Once you reach the edge of your wall or surface, you should measure and trim the ship lap down to size before applying adhesive.
- You will need to saw the top and bottom rows of ship lap to the required width to fit for the final installation.
ENJOY your authentic American barn wood!
*Note: Do not use cleaning products on the wood. Simply clean by vacuuming or dusting.
Watch this short video outlining the install guidelines: