DIY WOOD CLADDING WALL – ADD SOME AFFORDABLE WARMTH & CURB APPEAL!

I’m excited to share our modern DIY wood cladding slat porch wall!

A couple months ago I did an overhaul to our landscaping and shared that we were getting the exterior of our house painted.

I absolutely love how it turned out and am so impressed with the quality work done by Titan’s Painting KC. We ended up using Sherwin-Williams Oyster White (satin) for the house, and Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore for the trim. So happy with that decision!

We have added a few wood accents to the exterior of our home over the years: New garage doors, three DIY window boxes, and two DIY house number signs.

It was time to add one more wood accent: a modern DIY wood cladding slat wall behind on our porch.

Here’s where we started.

I did a lot of research on different types of wood for our project, but the surging wood prices had me hunting for an affordable deal.

After some research research, I decided to order clearance fence pickets from the the Lowe’s website. I ordered (30) 5/8″ x 3-1/2″ W x 4′ H incense cedar dog ear fence pickets for $40 and picked them up curbside the next day. Shop similar pickets.

Other supplies purchased: Trim screws, Minwax stain (in Mission Oak), and four plastic trim pieces.

Tools used: Jigsaw, drill, tape measure, and compound mitre saw.

It was time to stain my pickets, so I laid about 20 pickets out in a group and began the staining process.

Staining wood fence picket boards
Staining wood fence picket boards

I normally stain with a paintbrush, but wanted to try using a roller instead so I could cover more area quicker.

Staining wood fence picket boards

It worked pretty well, but did tend to oversaturate the boards, so I finished them quickly.

Staining wood fence picket boards with paint roller
Staining wood fence picket boards

Using a dry handful of paper towels, I wiped up all the excess stain and let the boards dry.

Staining wood fence picket boards - wiping off excess stain
Staining wood fence picket boards

One regret I have is that I didn’t stain the board sides. I assumed that they would butt up next to each other when hung. But I realized that they needed to be spaced out a bit to allow for expanding and contracting.

I planned on staining the sides after they were hung…more on that soon.

DIY wood cladding slat porch wall supplies
Before photo of our porch

I recruited my husband Ted to help me install the boards on the porch wall.

measuring and marking vertical trim

We measured and cut three affordable trim pieces to attach vertically to the wall.
These were used to lift the boards off the wall a bit to make them level with the existing door trim.

Cutting vertical trim with saw

After cut, Ted quickly screwed the vertical slat to the wall.

adding vertical trim to wall of porch - for cladding to rest on.
adding vertical trim to wall of porch - for cladding to rest on.

In hindsight, we should have used the white side of the trim pieces so they would better bland with the creamy white wall. We didn’t realize this until later. Oh well.

adding vertical trim to wall of porch - for cladding to rest on.
measuring and marking fence pickets
measuring and marking fence pickets

Next up, we marked our picket boards and cut them down to size. I realized that this fat tip marker was not good for precise measurements, so I switched to a pencil. I’m really living and learning here, ha!

measuring and marking fence pickets

Since the porch wall was not the same width from top to bottom, we had to measure and cut for each board individually. This took a lot of extra time, but it made for a perfect fit throughout.

Installing wood slat to wall using a level, shim,  and drill

It was time for the first board to be installed screwed into the wall.

Again, I should have stained the board sides before the hanging stage, but I failed there too. No worries, I will show how I fixed that soon.

Installing wood slat to wall using a level, shim,  and drill
Installing wood slat to wall using a level, shim,  and drill

We used a pice of cardboard as a shim to ensure even spacing between boards throughout the whole wall.

Installing wood slat to wall using a level, shim,  and drill
Installing wood slat to wall using a level, shim,  and drill

Each step mentioned above was repeated down the whole wall. Measure wall, mark wood picket, cut picket, use level and shim, and screw into wall.

adding modern wood slat wall to porch - making progress!

If we were to do this project again, I’d use the wide side of the strips to blend with the wall better. Not a deal breaker, but definitely obvious – lesson learned!

Staining sides of boards

To quickly stain the sides of the boards, I grabbed some smaller paint brushed and began to stain. This step moved pretty quickly, but again, would have been easier if I stained the sides beforehand.

Staining sides of boards
adding modern wood slat wall to porch

The wet spots and dripping you see on some of the boards is from the wet rag I used to wipe away the stain on the sides. It dried clear and drip-free.

adding modern wood slat wall to porch

We finally reached the moment to add the final board. It just needed to be cut down to size with a jigsaw first.

butting board with a jigsaw

It was placed, and I quickly styled the space with a chair and side table.

I still need to use stainable wood filler over all the screw holes, but that will be a project for next weekend. 🙂

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home!

I absolutely love how the DIY wood cladding slat wall turned out!

Another hindsight moment: I didn’t take into account how shadowed the porch would be, and wish I would have gone one shade lighter on stain. It will fade over time though.

DIY wood cladding slat porch wall
How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home!
How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

And here’s a zoomed out look at our house with the wood cladding wall complete. I’m a big fan!

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Sherwin-Williams Oyster white and Iron Ore trim.

You can see the vertical black trim pretty easily from here. I wish we would have realized that we should have used the white sides earlier – I’ll get over it soon, ha!

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Sherwin-Williams Oyster white and Iron Ore trim.

I’m really itching to purchase a new more modern front door, but wow, they’re pricey. Of course I’m on the hunt for a great deal – more on that in a future post hopefully.

Here’s a really quick and shoddy mockup of my dream door. We’ll also be adding similar house numbers like these soon.

modern front door mockup

And here’s a look at the house from a different view. I made the DIY house number wood sign on a semi-recent Hometalk TV episode.

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Sherwin-Williams Oyster white and Iron Ore trim.

I’m still in love with the affordable cylinder exterior lights we installed near our garage and front door.

They sell in a pack of two and have made such a difference in our exterior look.

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Sherwin-Williams Oyster white and Iron Ore trim.

In case you’re curious, here is a look at the lighting at night – so beautiful!

How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Exterior modern lights at night.
How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Exterior modern lights at night.
How a DIY wood cladding slat porch wall added some much needed warmth and curb appeal to our home! Get the full tutorial and product links.

Exterior lights at night.

We also ordered some exterior post lights to be installed soon.

It’s all coming together after this painting, lighting, modern DIY wood cladding project. I’m finally liking our exterior – this fixer-upper has come a long way!

Anyone else planning some exterior updates? They make such a big difference.

xoxo
Audrey

P.S.
Do you love your home’s exterior and want to remember it forever? I highly suggest having beautiful house portraits made. I just ordered ours and can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’ll add a photo of it to this post once it’s hung!

I want to have one made of our former house too.

P.P.S.
Our daughter Vivienne took all the excess wood slats, and has been painting and crafting away. She and a neighbor friend will be having a neighborhood art sale and will donate all proceeds to St. Judes. All her idea. Heart melt!

upcycling excess fence pickets into kid art crafts