How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide


Building a reclaimed wood wall is an excellent way to add character, warmth, and a touch of history to any room. Whether you're looking to create a stunning accent wall or a cozy backdrop for your living space, using reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly and stylish choice. At Wallcraft Wood, we provide high-quality reclaimed barn wood planks to help you achieve your design vision. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of building a reclaimed wood wall.

Materials and Tools You’ll Need


  • Reclaimed wood planks (sourced from Wallcraft Wood)
  • Plywood or furring strips (for the backing)
  • Construction adhesive
  • Finishing nails or wood screws
  • Wood filler (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Wood stain or sealant (optional)


  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Circular saw or miter saw
  • Hammer or nail gun
  • Drill and screwdriver
  • Paintbrush or cloth (for stain/sealant)
  • Safety gear (gloves, goggles, dust mask)

Step 1: Prepare the Wall

Measure and Plan

Begin by measuring the wall where you plan to install the reclaimed wood. This will help you determine the amount of wood you'll need. Draw a rough sketch of your design and plan the layout of the planks. Decide if you want a random pattern or a more structured look.

Find and Mark Studs

Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall. Mark the locations with a pencil. This is crucial for securing the wood planks properly.

Prepare the Surface

If you're attaching the reclaimed wood directly to drywall, consider installing a plywood backing or furring strips to provide a secure base. This step is especially important if the wall is not perfectly flat. Attach the plywood or furring strips to the studs using screws.

Step 2: Cut and Prepare the Wood

Measure and Cut Planks

Measure each section of the wall and cut the reclaimed wood planks to the appropriate lengths using a circular saw or miter saw. Remember to account for any outlets, switches, or other obstacles.

Sand and Finish (Optional)

If desired, lightly sand the edges and surfaces of the planks to remove any rough spots. You can also apply a wood stain or sealant to enhance the wood’s natural beauty and protect it from wear and tear.

Step 3: Install the Wood Planks

Apply Adhesive

Starting at the bottom of the wall, apply construction adhesive to the back of the first plank. Press it firmly against the wall, ensuring it is level. Use a level to double-check your placement.

Secure with Nails or Screws

Secure the plank to the wall by driving finishing nails or wood screws into the studs or backing. Continue this process, working your way up the wall and staggering the joints for a more natural look.

Continue Installing Planks

Repeat the process of applying adhesive and securing each plank until the entire wall is covered. Ensure each plank is level and fits snugly against the adjacent pieces.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Fill Gaps and Holes

If there are any gaps between the planks or visible nail holes, you can fill them with wood filler. Allow the filler to dry, then sand it smooth.

Final Sanding and Sealing

If you haven’t already, you can now sand the entire wall lightly to smooth out any rough edges. Apply a final coat of sealant to protect the wood and enhance its appearance.

Enjoy Your New Reclaimed Wood Wall

Step Back and Admire

Take a step back and admire your work. Your new reclaimed wood wall adds a unique, rustic charm to your space, making it a cozy and inviting focal point.

Share Your Project

We'd love to see your finished project! Share your photos and experiences with Wallcraft Wood on our social media channels or send us an email. Your creativity and craftsmanship inspire us and our community of DIY enthusiasts.

Why Choose Wallcraft Wood?

At Wallcraft Wood, we are dedicated to providing the finest reclaimed wood for your projects. Our barn wood planks are sourced from authentic structures, ensuring each piece carries its own unique history and character. We prioritize sustainability and quality, offering materials that are both environmentally friendly and built to last.

Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or a beginner looking to tackle your first project, Wallcraft Wood is here to support you every step of the way. Explore our collection and let the beauty of reclaimed wood transform your home.