I love building accent walls and in fact that is one of my favorite service I provide for my clients. This accent wall happens to be for my Home studio and so I was super excited to complete it. I knew that I wanted a black background for my Youtube vidoes and decided to create a simple interesting pattern to stand out. Now, Let me show you how I created YouTube Video Background Wall Design.
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It has vertical shiplap that is divided equally by two horizontal pine wood strips. Pine wood accent really looks great on black background guys. I love the contrast with the wood grains.
For this project, I am using leftover shiplap from another project. This is 7 and quarter inches wide and half inch thick MDF ship lap with tongue and groove joints. I am only using this cause I already have this in hand. Otherwise, I would buy MDF sheet cut to strips and fix them at equal distance using a spacer.
DIY Youtube Video Background Wall Design
I forgot to take picture before I painted it black. It was actually off-white with floral wallpaper border on the top and red oak baseboards.
STEP – 1:
Paint the wall to the color you are going to have on the board. If you have tiny gaps between your board and pine by some error, the color of the wall behind will bleed through it. In my case, my wall was not square. So, the small gaps on wall ends camouflaged perfectly since I painted the wall background to be same as my board color. This painting step is not necessary if specifically want the contrast of color between board and the background.
Did you check out the chevron pattern I created for Master bedroom using shiplap? I have a build video and written blog for that project.
STEP – 2:
I measured the wall size and noticed that it was not square. The baseboard was not on level either. Anyway, It was time to remove the baseboard at this point. Talking about the pattern on the wall, I am breaking down this wall into three parts separated by 3/4 inch thick pine strips. So, I calculated the board sizes and set a guide on my miter saw to cut.
In total, I needed 26 nos of 30 inch long boards and 13 nos of 34 inch boards. The longer boards are for the bottom row, as the extra length will hide behind the baseboard. After cutting, I sanded all the boards to prep them for painting.
Next, I cut the pine wood strips. They need to be same thickness as the ship lap boards. So, I used a scrap ship lap board to set the distance on my table saw and cut the pine strips.
STEP – 3: PAINT
I wiped off all the dust from the shiplap boards, primed it and painted with two coats of carbon black in matte finish.
STEP – 4: INSTALL
To secure the boards to the wall, I am using 18g brad nails and construction adhesive. In addition, you will also need a 4ft leveler and 1ft leveler to make sure the boards are straight.
First, I found the wall stud locations and marked the location of the first horizontal strip. Then, installed the top pine strip to the studs by checking level.
Next, I started installing the shiplap boards from my right end. I precut the end board to straight edge, painted the edge black and installed on the wall. The first board is very critical. If you get it wrong, everything could go wrong. So check level and fix the board. I continued to install the first and second row of the boards.
Usually, I would recommend starting the install from the center. So that you will get equal end boards on either sides. But, since we are using tongue and groove boards, the end boards will become hard to fix. So, I started from one side of the wall and going to cut the left end board according to the remaining space. But if you want, you can also do some pre calculations to get equal size boards on both ends. Its totally up to you though.
After two rows were done, I installed the second pine strip and installed the bottom row of shiplap.
With only the last set of boards remaining, I measured the size and cut the edge off before installing the board.
STEP – 5: FINISHING TOUCHES
Next, I filled all the nail holes, sanded those areas and cleaned the dust for painting. I first did a touch up on the edges using brush and then painted the entire wall with final coat of paint.
While that dries, I also painted a 3/4inch wide trim piece that I am going to use to cover up the open end of the accent wall and painted the baseboard black before installing.
Its all done and here is how it looks finally!
Youtube Video Background Wall Design for my studio is done. Wait till you see my whole room makeover.