Easy DIY for Teen Boy Room Makeover
Our son just turned 13 this past year and is officially a teenager! With his new title he has been wanting to have his friends over to our home more often. This has led us to our first DIY slat wall!
Having his friends over has been a bit difficult in the past due to our small living space and tiny house. Most of the time all the boys would end up taking over the living room. My husband and I would be stuck in other parts of the house the whole night. NOT an ideal situation that is for sure!
So we made the promise that this year 2022 we would do a full makeover on his room. We felt he was old enough now to make good choices when it came to picking out a style and some decorations for his room.
The overall theme he decide on was modern/contemporary. After searching around online for a while he found a picture of a DIY slat wall. He thought it looked really cool and especially liked the idea that he could make the design himself with the wood slats however he wanted.
This was a perfect way for him to express himself and get creative with this whole process.
So we went to planning!
Choosing the Right Slat Wall Display
Before we did anything our son decided on the design and the color of the paint he wanted to use.
He wanted wood slats going up and down the wall vertically cut at 45 degree angles painted dark green.
Once this was decided we measured the full length of the wall (10 feet including the window) and chose to space each slat 5 inches apart. This meant we needed to buy 60 feet of wood. We ended up choosing poplar wood because we know from experience that it is easy to cut and nail. It also does not require any sanding because it cuts clean almost every time.
The paint we chose was Black Bamboo by Behr Paint.
For all the material so far we spent about $130 and some change.
Always Paint the Wall First
Painting the wall before putting the wood slat up is the best way to go. We did quite a bit of research before we attempted this project. The vast majority of people agreed that this made the whole process a lot less tedious.
Plus, the visual of the contrasting wood against the paint makes it easy to recognize if you are making a mistake in your design before its too late.
You Will Need Some Tools & Time
You will need a nail gun, measuring tape and a table saw to complete this DIY project.
We only used these THREE tools to complete this slat wall.
AND it took us only a little over two hours!
I personally thought this was wonderful considering my assumption was that it would take much longer.
You could literally get this done in a single afternoon if the wall has been painted before hand.
EVERYONE Needs a Slat Wall
After realizing what an EASY DIY home project this was we started telling friends and family that they needed to make one too!
The crazy thing is that after we had some people come see it for themselves they decided to do a slat wall in their own home.
Now what I think is GREAT about this DIY project is no two slat walls are ever exactly alike.
Walls are different sizes, the design can be however you choose and the color of paint is different. So if everyone has a slat wall in their home NO BIGGIE because they will all be unique in their own way!
Leave me a comment and tell me what has been the most simple DIY project you have conquered? Or your favorite DIY project that took a lot of time and effort, but was totally worth it!