Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{DIY} wood plank wall

Building a Wood Plank Wall

The biggest project we had to tackle in the Laundry Room Revamp was the wood plank wall. The original idea was to use reclaimed wood to build it. Here's the problem...thanks to HGTV and Pinterest reclaimed wood is quite popular. It's hard to find and then when you do find it, it's quite expensive. So off the Pinterest for some investigating and found this link on how to create this wall without using real pallets or reclaimed wood. 

So the idea all started coming together :) We bought 1'x10' boards from Home Depot and 3 different kinds of stain.

Now I thought man this is going to be so easy! So easy it wasn' took 2 days to stain 35 pieces of wood. It was a learning process for me and while it was time consuming I actually enjoyed it. 

First I stained the gray wood and it wasn't good. So back over to Pinterest I went and found out that you can mix stain. I had no idea! So I mixed the gray with the Jacobean and thought it looked good until the stain dried.
Left wood is the first gray coat

It looked like painted blue. I hated it. I left it alone and started to stain another set of wood with the Jacobean. I wiped on one coat with a rag and then after it dried did a second coat on a few and then after that dried did a third coat on a few. I wanted there to be a lot of variation. 

All the while I had my eye on the ugly gray/blue wood. So I sanded it and thought that would work. 

But I still didn't like it. So I went on to the Ebony wood (this ended up being my fav pieces) and did the same routine as I did with the Jacobean. I even chose 3 pieces, sanded them a little after the stain was on and did a coat of the gray. Those 3 pieces were my fav in the whole group!

I went back to the gray and sanded the heck out of them and added a coat of ebony and then sanded more. Finally they were perfect! I just loved them, they really looked like old wood (these were Cam's fav pieces).

Here are my staining tips:
1. Don't be afraid to mix stains. I don't think I will ever do a piece all one color again. Be brave and mix!
2. Use a rag to wipe the stain on. I have use brushed before but I have to say using a rag was the easiest (and cheapest) way to go.
3. Wipe the stain. After you wipe on a coat of stain, go back over with a clean rag and wipe it. This will take away the tacky feeling and help it dry faster. I kind of learned this the hard way and was afraid to wipe it but don't be. It doesn't take away the color just the excess left behind.

On to install day!

Cameron first cut the wood into different sizes and then grouped them by size.

At this point we were both freaking a little we were so excited! The wood looked perfect together.

Next step was installation.

I left the design completely up to him. I would peak in on the progress and was literally giddy ;) I couldn't believe how pretty it was.

Building the wall (including the time to cut the wood) took about 4 hours. It wasn't hard but it was tedious. Cam secured the wood using a nail gun which of course made the process 100% faster.

All the hard work of staining was worth it! We got the reclaimed wood wall look for a fraction of the cost of real reclaimed wood.


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