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Easy Rustic Accent Wall For Behind The Bar

There are a trillion rustic accent walls that you can do today, and if you’re Joanna Gaines there’s only one – ship lap. What I’m going to go over though is one of this easiest and quickest accent wall.

Rustic Accent Wall

I must warn you that it’s somewhat addicting because of how easy it is. Next thing you know is there’s a rustic accent wall in your coat closet and maybe even your garage.

The great thing about these boxes though is that they’re mixed dark shades and are super light weight planks of wood so you literally don’t have to do anything but cut them (maybe) to fit. They’re ready to hang.

I didn’t have to cut mine because I was putting it on a big wall and kind of wanted it to explode out on each side.

rustic accent wall
Rustic Accent Wall

Shopping List

  • Weathered Wood Planks – In the color, “Various Wood Tones”
  • Hammer
  • Finish nails
  • Level
  • Optional Glue: Liquid Nails

Hanging Weathered Wood Accent Wall – Only Step

So, how do you mount them? Are you ready for it? There are two ways you could go about this.

The first is with glue and finish nails. The second is just with finish nails. I chose the second option because it isn’t really necessary to use the glue unless you don’t plan on ever moving them.

wood accent wall

When I used the finish nails I only had to put 3 in each one – one on each end and one in the middle.

I simply chose a spot and hammered them in. Making sure to hit a stud with at least one of the nails and I didn’t pre-drill.

You can buy materials for a similar rustic accent wall here! We purchased the “various wood tone” weathered wood. I believe we purchased 3-4 boxes and mixed and matched them to blend the colors nicely on the wall.

Tips to Installing a Rustic Accent Wall

weathered wood

I had multiple boxes, so I made sure to mix them together. I alternated dark, light, and medium shades so that two of the same tone weren’t right next to each other or on top of each other.

Of course, you could arrange your pattern however you want. Another option would be to adhere the wood planks to the front of a bar as shown below.

Adhering the First Wood Plank

I started at the ceiling and worked my way down since I knew that I wasn’t going all the way to floor. It was a lot easier than trying to measure in the middle of the wall and start somewhere there.

Make sure you use a level when you first start to make sure the first row is level and straight, then you can build off of that.

I still checked a row every now and then to make sure that it was still level, and made slight adjustments if needed.

weathered wood


The weather wood accent wall that we adhered has been up for over 5 years. The wood planks aren’t showing any signs of coming loose and still look great!

This wood accent wall looks perfect behind my bar. If you’re wondering how to build a bar, there’s a detailed post for that here!