Apply Stikwood Wall Paneling

One day, one change: Add modern, rustic style to a boring bedroom wall with this sleek, simple chevron design.
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Photography by Daniel Collopy

Photography by Daniel Collopy

A wood accent wall was just the solution to add a rustic, modern touch in this Spanish-style home. In one afternoon and on a budget of $1,000 I recruited Thad Mills, a local carpenter, to help me enhance this space by adding a clean and dramatic bedroom backdrop with gray Stikwood paneling.

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Diagonally placed stickwood creates a striking focal wall in this bedroom.

What You'll Need

  • Stikwood panels
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Speed square
  • Utility knife
  • Level
  • Ladder or stepstool (optional)

How to Apply Stikwood Paneling

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Before: Boring and Uninspiring

While charming, this Los Angeles bedroom had no pizzazz. A wood accent wall was just the solution to add a rustic, modern touch in this Spanish-style home.

After: Eye-Catching Design

In one afternoon and on a budget of $1,000 I recruited Thad Mills, a local carpenter, to make this bedroom backdrop clean and dramatic with weathered gray wood paneling.

To Get Started

Carefully measure both the height and width of your wall in inches to calculate how much wood paneling you'll need. Remove any nails from your wall, and lightly sand any raised cracks if you have plaster walls. Brush off your walls with a clean, lint-free cloth before you begin for best adhesion.

Create Your Design

You'll need to map out the pattern you'd like to use. The possibilities are endless, but it's helpful to plan out the design ahead of time. We followed a single chevron design, because arranging the "point" of this single chevron at the top gives the room a feeling of height.

Place the Order

To figure out how much Stikwood you need multiply the height and width of the wall together. Divide the sum by 144 to find out how many square feet you'll need. Our wall was 144" x 96", which gave us 13,824. We divided it and got 13,824/144 = 96 square feet. Order 10 percent extra in order to compensate for a complicated design, bad cuts, or any nicks or discolorations in the wood. We ordered 120 square feet of Seafoam Stikwood.

Draw a Straight Line

Careful measurement is the key to a symmetrical pattern. For a single chevron design, draw one vertical line down the center of your room. It will be the starting point of your pattern. A 6' level can be helpful to ensure your line is straight.

Score It

Using a speed square and a utility knife, measure and cut boards at a 45-degree angle.

Snap It

Scoring the planks with a utility knife means they can be simply snapped at the line. For best results, score on both sides before snapping, and use your utility knife to carefully trim any stray wood splinters.

Peel It

Begin peeling and installing the boards that will be in direct contact with your reference line.

Apply It

Now that you've created a solid reference point, you can work out from this established row in order to space your Stikwood correctly. This stuff sticks very well, so don't touch it to the wall until you are sure it is in the right position.

Keep It Snug

Try to install each board as close together as possible for a seamless look - and don't be afraid of the variety the natural woods show in their grain.

Make Sure You Have Extra

The last pieces in the corners can be a bit tricky, so it's helpful to have a bit of excess in order to make a few practice cuts.

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A single chevron layout, designed by Thad Mills

A single chevron layout, designed by Thad Mills

Get Started: Plan, Peel and Stick

Draft a Design

Measure both the height and the width of your wall in inches. Then map out a pattern you'd like to use. The possibilities are endless, but it is massively helpful to plan out the design ahead of time. We followed a single chevron layout.

Get Your Wall Ready

You'll need a clean, smooth wall to start. Before applying the Stikwood, scrape any excess paint or wallpaper that could prevent panels from adhering evenly. The surface must be flat, so remove any screws, nails or wall plates extending from the wall.

Place the Order

To determine how much Stikwood to order, multiply the height by the width and divide the sum by 144 to find out how many square feet you will need.

Our wall was 144" x 96" = 13,824 and 13,824/144 = 96 square feet

Order 10 percent extra in order to compensate for a complicated design, bad cuts and/or any nicks or discolorations in the wood. Stikwood is sold in boxes of 10 or 40 square feet.

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We ordered 120 square feet of seafoam stikwood.

We ordered 120 square feet of seafoam stikwood.

Draw a Reference Line

You've heard the phrase measure twice, cut once. Well, in this case, you'll want to measure three times before drawing your reference line. Draw a reference line across your wall in pencil. Depending on the pattern you've chosen, draw one very straight line either vertically or horizontally across the entire wall.

For a single chevron, draw one vertical line down the dead center of your wall. This will be the point where you will start the application and around which you will base the position of all of the planks.

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Cut

Cut

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Stick

Stick

Start Sticking

Measure and cut boards with a utility knife. For the single chevron design, make a series of cuts using a speed square to form a 45-degree angle along the middle line, and along all the edges where the boards met at the walls and ceiling.

The cutting isn't difficult, but if the prospect of making diagonal cuts is intimidating, keep in mind that these planks look amazing installed horizontally and vertically too, without all the extra cutting.

Peel and install the boards that will be in direct contact with your reference line.

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Install panels as close together as possible for a seamless look.

Install panels as close together as possible for a seamless look.

Keep Sticking

Once you've created a solid reference point, work out from this established row in order to space your Stikwood correctly. Continue until your design is complete.

The last pieces in the corners can be a bit tricky, so it's helpful to have a bit of excess in order to make a few practice cuts.

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