Last summer I spent hours on Pinterest looking for design inspiration for Chase’s new room. I found a metallic wood wall that I loved and followed the link to Project Nursery to further read about the room. I was super disappointed when I realized that the featured metallic wood wall room was designed by a professional who was not interested in sharing her instructions with DIYers. She would, however, be happy to sell you her kit from Etsy for $800. Seriously? I had no intention of paying that kind of money and realized that my husband and I would need to figure out how to make something similar on our own. I’m not going to lie, it took us a couple of weeks of trial and error to figure out how to make the look I was going for. In the end, the wall we designed featured three unique metallic colors.
Here are the directions for the DIY metallic wood wall that I showcased on Project Nursery
Pine tongue-in-groove lumber (Lowe’s)
Minwax water based wood stain in onyx, charcoal gray, and white pickling
Minwax clear satin wipe-on polyurethane
Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze in pearlescent white and silver
(The silver was used over the onyx and charcoal gray stain; the pearlescent white was used over the white pickling stain.)
Before starting, my husband made a template on Excel, mapping out the length and placement of the boards to determine how many lineal feet of wood we would need, and how many boards to stain each color.
Using paintbrush, apply stain to length of board. Wait about one minute and wipe off excess with lint-free rag. Let dry.
Apply one coat of wipe-on poly with lint-free rag. Let dry.
Paint on one coat of metallic glaze and wipe off.
Apply final coat of wipe-on poly. Let dry.
Cut boards to desired length, attach to wall using nail gun.
We also used this process for boards we glued onto an Ikea Kura bed, and then used the same stain and glaze on an unfinished Ikea Tarva 5-drawer dresser.