How To Build & Paint A Wood Slat Wall




Showing the before bedroom in the top right corner placed over the updated bedroom with a wood lsat wall.

Wood slat walls are an interesting treatment for creating a focal point in a room. They are often found in boutique hotels or retail shops and can easily be used to help define the space in a home. For this project wood slats are painted to coordinate with other decor elements, lending a clean and modern look.

Behr’s Featured Color:

Color: Nile River S420-3

Product: BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint, Flat Sheen

Color swatch in green representing Nile River and an image of the paint label representing the product Interior Flat.


A drop cloth with an image of each tool that is listed below.
  • Paint: BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint, Flat Sheen
  • Nylon/Polyester Paint Brush
  • Paint Roller with 3/8–1/2″ Nap
  • Paint Tray
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wood Beams/Slat
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper or Sanding Block
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Nail Gun
  • Chalk and Chalk Gun
  • Level
  • Shop Towels
  • Drop Cloth
  • Stir Stick

Tip: Always wear appropriate protective gear.

Step 1

A person painting the wall and wood slats in Nile River.

Prep & Paint

Using painter’s tape, tape off baseboards, ceilings and other areas you do not want painted. Paint, remove tape and let dry. Next, paint the side of your wood slats. Let dry completely before starting the next step.

Tip: When painting the sides of your wood slats, don’t worry about the fronts, those will be painted after install.

Step 2

A person adding •	Construction Adhesive to the back of a wood slat.
A person aligning the wood slats to the wall.
A person using a nail gun to adhere the wood slats to the wall.

Install Slats

Apply construction adhesive to back of the painted slats and press against the wall to adhere. Use a nail gun and small brads to secure on the wall.

Tip: Use a level to ensure the first slat is straight, then align the remaining slats to the first. Use a tile spacer to ensure even spacing between slats.

Step 3

A person using a sand block to smooth out the fronts of the wood slats.
A person painting the wood slats with a roller.

Prepare and Paint Slats

Fill in the holes from the nails with spackle. Once dry, using a medium grit sandpaper or block, smooth down. With a roller or paint brush, apply paint to front of the slats. Let dry.

The Finished Look

The bedroom, showing a section of it with the wood slats on the wall behind the bed.
A close-up of the wood slats on the wall.
Another section of the room showing the wood slats on the wall.

Click on the video below to see a step by step of this project.

Wood slats can be used to make-over any room in your home. For additional and inspiration and fresh ideas for your home check out Behr’s Desinger Stories.

Colorfully yours,


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