Using distressed wood to create one-of-a-kind wall treatments is hugely popular for accent walls in the living room, bedroom, or hallway. Even the bathroom!

This project from the Reality Daydream blog gives full instructions for creating beautiful, aged boards using items you may have on hand or can purchase inexpensively.

When I created this project, I used a mix of both new and old boards I had hanging around. Some were already distressed, but not particularly attractive. By following the steps to add multiple paint layers I was able to create very realistic aging and the ugly boards were transformed.

The blog recommends using paint you have hanging around – which is fine – but if you want to match a room’s decor I suggest checking out your local hardware store for returns and samples. Many of these paints are sold for pennies on the dollar and because you’re using several colors, you don’t need much of any one color.

Another option is to purchase small quantities of craft paint. Since you’ll be covering the paint with stain or other paint colors there’s no need for quality paints. These can be purchased at any craft store.

For finishing the boards, I found the stain was enough but you may want more protection. Either way, you’ll be thrilled with the results!