How to use cedar shake as an cottage style accent wall - A Life Unfolding

How to use cedar shake as an cottage style accent wall

I am at it again! I can’t seem to stop putting texture on my walls. Today I am sharing how I added some cottage style to one of the bedrooms at the Airbnb.

I have been wanting to add some warmth and texture in this room. I love the paint and trim color but wanted to give the space more visual interest and a cottage/coastal feel. Then last week we were adding some replacement pieces of cedar shake shingles to the outside and a lightbulb went off! I thought if I used it as an accent wall it would look pretty and would add the perfect amount of cottage vibe.

Before shot of blank wall before the Cedar Shake added

Before shot of blank wall before the Cedar Shake added

Here is what the space looked like when we bought the house last Spring. Yikes!

This is the before when we first purchased the house last Spring.

This is the before when we first purchased the house last Spring.

These are the cedar shingles we were using on the shed (more on that project soon). Since we had some leftover shingles I decided to use those and order another box from Amazon for the accent wall.

Cedar Shingles for Accent Wall

Cedar Shingles for Accent Wall

I lined the cedar shake shingles along the wall to decide the pattern (cedar shake comes in different widths within the box).

Cedar Shingles Accent Wall

I then used a pneumatic nailer (you can rent these from your nearest big box store) to attach the shingles to the wall with the thin side at the top. I made sure to nail them three inches from the top where the next row would cover the nail holes.

Please ignore the trim paint. We fixed it later. :)

Please ignore the trim paint. We fixed it later. 🙂

I kept the rows going until……I RAN out of shingles!! Normally this would not be a big deal. However, if you have recently tried to DIY anything (wood products especially), they are shipping very slowly. Another box would be three to four weeks, and I couldn’t wait. We had Airbnb guests checking in later in the week. So I sort of “hodge podged” the last corner piece and moved on to a plan “B.”

Testing the whitewash on the cedar shingles

Testing the whitewash on the cedar shingles

Before we get to plan B, First I lightly hand sanded the shingles as they were a little rough. I then whitewashed the cedar. White washing is a simple process that I have used before. Simply dilute some leftover paint with water and paint it on. Here I used three parts water to one part paint and wiped it on with a rag to apply.

White washed accent wall

I then went over it to add more color wherever I thought it needed more coverage and to even it out.

White washing with white paint

Back to plan B. I had a little more than half of a wall covered with shingles so what to do? I decided to add a plant shelf. A shelf would act as a stopping point and allow for more color!! Bonus win. I painted the shelf the same color as the wall trim (SW Morning Fog).

With added plant shelf.

With added plant shelf.

Here it is finished.

Cottage Style Cedar Shake Accent Wall

Cottage Style Cedar Shake Accent Wall

I love the texture and the look! And it smells WONDERFUL!

Until next time,


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  1. meegan says:

    Oh, Libbie! This is such a fun and creative idea to add life or texture to a cottage style home. Thank you for the idea.

  2. Christin Cieslarski says:

    So pretty! Nice work!

  3. Allison says:

    What a great idea, this looks so good! I’ve always been timid with texture, but I’ll definitely be trying this in the future.

  4. Meriah says:

    I LOVE this … great idea and super adorable! I may have to try this in a room sometime soon!

  5. Marie says:

    What a great way to bring in a cottage feel. I love the trim color in this room too!

    • Libbie says:


      Thank you for noticing the trim color. It’s one of my favorite SW shades called Morning Fog. xx

  6. Maria says:

    Wow this is a brilliant idea! Never though about adding cedar inside but it makes sense since it’s texture like wood paneling

  7. Kim Waldorf says:

    This is a great project! I would have never thought to do this and it really changes the look of the room. Nice job!!

  8. Juliet says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m a huge cedar shake fan but I never thought to use it indoors. I LOVE this … its fabulous! xo

  9. Joanne says:

    That looks so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  10. Marieza says:

    Wow, Libbie! this is such a creative idea and it looks amazing!

  11. Carol Karl says:

    What a great accent wall. It looks amazing!

  12. Anita holland says:

    When you first started I thought oh no, but the end it was "Wow". It looks fabulous.

  13. Clearissa Coward says:

    I love the focal wall. The change is beautiful. Thank you for sharing at #omhgww. Pinned and Tweeted. So creative.

  14. Barbara says:

    Libbie, I totally love what you’ve done with this bedroom wall!!! A great way to use up the shingles that were left over and it turned out beautifully (even with a couple of odd spots)! 🙂

    Happy to feature your DIY post at this week’s Share Your Style #300. <3 Really nice job!
    Barb 🙂

  15. Rita C at Panoply says:

    This looks great, Plan B worked like a charm!

  16. Morgan says:

    I love how this came together! Plan B worked great!

  17. Maria says:

    Well isn’t this the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!!
    This is such a great idea and I love it!!!

  18. Pam Grimley says:

    That is very ingenious & adorable! What did you do the the hole up top?

    • Libbie says:

      Hi Pam,

      We drywalled both before we put the cedar up.

      Don’t you just love the towel they used for the hole? The other side of the wall is the bathroom so I think they used it for privacy. 😉

  19. Niki says:

    This looks great! If you didn’t tell I bet we never would’ve guessed stopping and adding a shelf wasn’t the plan! Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend! If you don’t already, our readers would love to see this on Happiness is Homemade & You’re the Star Blog Hop on!

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