Our Dining Room "Wonder Wall"

Remember that hidden doorway I told you we recently discovered in our dining room…


Well, today I thought I’d post the video we shot the night we uncovered it.

(Warning: The following video contains un-styled hair, an un-made up face and creepy lighting conditions. Those with weak stomachs may wanna skip it.)

Ta Da!


Whaddya think?

Before you answer that, keep in mind, I’m not done accessorizing it yet.
I still need a couple of frame risers…


I’ll use them on these two frames…


…which, by the way, will be centered in the nooks they’re currently sitting in, not resting on the ledges they’re currently resting on.

And the driftwood sailboat up here…


…will go back into the guest bedroom, and will be replaced with a shorter one that has a white sail, and an oatmeal-colored flag.

I also still need to figure out what to put here…


And I need to switch out some of the photos inside some of the frames, but I’m thinking the wall should be done by the time we need to take everything down because it’s time to refinish the hardwood floors.


(Am I the worst, or what?)

If you like the way our “wonder wall” looks, but don’t have horizontal planks hiding beneath your drywall- it would be pretty simple and inexpensive to replicate the look.
All you’d need are some nails, some lumber, and some construction adhesive.
Just figure out how you want to space everything, and go to town!

We actually like the look of it so much, we’re considering doing something similar on the headboard wall in our master bedroom. It would wrap around the windows…


If we do decide to do it, we probably won’t do the short horizontal 2×4’s between the vertical ones. But don’t quote me on that!

We figured it would only cost about $120 bucks to do the whole wall, and it would really make our newly-added on bedroom feel more like the older part of the house.

As for the rest of the dining room, well, we’ve still got a bench to paint, some rattan chairs to re-do, some pillow covers to purchase, and some new curtains to hang up- but once we’ve got it all together, I’ll post some new pics of the whole shebang!

In the meantime, here are a few shots of how the walls in the dining room have changed over the past few years…







(Notice I didn’t say “AFTER”.)

Working With Natural Wood Walls & Ceilings
Dining Room Ceiling Re-do & Our Pottery Barn Knock-Off Chandelier Reveal

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  1. Lori says

    You two are the cutest. I love this website
    What was the depth on the vertical and horizontal pieces on your wall?

  2. Susan Bush says

    I love the dining room where you took out the walls at midnight….my husband said ….Don’t think about it………I so want to do it ….going to try to work it….lol
    Great job guys…..enjoy….

  3. debbie hale says

    Do you know how lucky you are to have a husband that not only supports you in your house upgrades/remodels but helps to. You’re both so cute.

  4. Elly Fox says

    I love this…and I love that you did it late at night! My best ideas come to me when I am trying to sleep! Looks great…and I love the screen door there too! Can’t wait to see it all done! Thanks for sharing

    ps. Layla, you look great no matter what!!

  5. Lauri McIntosh says

    Hi Layla, Thanks for sharing that video. “The lights just flickered” made me laugh out loud. I always enjoy your posts. I’m going to show this video to my husband so he won’t complain about the amount of pillows I buy (and sometime return). It could be worse!!! haha

  6. Tina Lowery says

    I should have made some popcorn:) That was like watching my Friday night movie:) So what time does this show come each week and what channel???? Loved the video! And the results. We have an old home and deciding together what to do and not to do was so much fun. Some decisions are hard to make:) We need to refinish all 2500 square feet of our house but not sure it’s someting we can tackle. Can’t wait to see your tips on refinishing hardwood floors. I would love to change the color. They are a redish tint right now I like a warmer brown shade. Fun stuff thanks for sharing:)

  7. says

    I really love what you’ve done with your home and have enjoyed watching the transformation of each room, but I have a question. While I love the look of your exposed timber wall, how do you insulate against heat and the cold? Or is it an internal wall that isn’t exposed to the elements.
    Thanks…and keep up the great work.

    • Layla says

      Hi Lesley!
      Yeah, like I mentioned in the video in that post- there’s a bathroom on the other side of that wall, so it’s an interior wall. No insulation necessary! 😀

  8. Lori says

    Hi Layla, I was wondering if you could email me the color of your wall when you still had the bead board up. Thanks

  9. luna says

    Really liked the wall;our house is 1950 something but does not have th cool strips;It’s now uninsulated?

  10. SARA says

    Hi Layla,

    I love the look of this wall. Can you tell me how you guys finished the ends of it at either side? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. I’m assuming they are still drywalled walls? Thanks!

  11. Audrey says

    I have a three season porch that I have not used in five years because we tore down the old ugly dark brown paneling and never replaced it. I never thought of just painting the studs. I love the way it looks!! Did you just paint it with regular paint and a paint brush? Seems like the rough wood would be hard to paint.. maybe using a spray gun would work better? How did you go about it?

    • Layla says

      Hi Audrey! We just primed and painted it with latex paint and paintbrushes, but a spray gun would be awesome! 😀

  12. Bernadette GRANIER says

    It’s just wonderful !!
    Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    (Agen – South West of France)