Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wood Planked Walls Tutorial

Our quest to relocate the television in my living room has given me opportunity to try some things I have had in my mind for a while. Mister has been a good sport and has been quite obliging.... I am not going to question it; just push on!


The wall the television is to be mounted on needs shiplap. Now, I have already had my troubles with the whole shiplap thing as far as trying to do it on the cheap. You can read about that here. My solution for that room was completely different from what I wanted for the living room.

I went to Lowes and found shiplap! Mister was surprised that it truly existed and that you could get in in Massachusetts.... it's not just a Texas thing.



We weren't ready to buy it yet and wanted to check Home Depot's prices. When we were ready to do that wall we ran off to Home Depot. They had shiplap but it had edges that were beveled. Can you see it in this picture? 


YUCK! I did not want that. It reminds me of place we go for breakfast that looks like it has not been remodeled since the early 1970's. 

While we were at Home Depot I called Lowes because I was now wondering if their shiplap had beveled edges, too and I just hadn't noticed. I got some young guy on the phone that confirmed their edges were beveled, too. (Warning flags should have gone off with this kid; it wasn't until days later that I realized I had taken pictures at Lowes and the edges were not beveled but I was at Home Depot and wasn't thinking about that when I was making executive decisions.) UGH! Home Depot did have wood that was pre-stained but it was thinner; only 6 inches. 


So, I don't want beveled and I didn't want the pieces that were only 6" wide, even though I loved the idea of mixing the stained pieces... so..... Think! Okay here is plan B: we purchased a gallon of paint to paint, 3 paint stirers and 12 pieces of 1x8x8. (That is 1 inch thick by 8 inch wide by 8 feet long.) We also picked up two pieces of lattice, 2" wide by 8 feet long and happily traipsed home. 


Mister painted the wall with the paint we purchased. We used a dark gray color. This is important if you're not using real shiplap. Once the paint was dry we started applying the lumber. We started with the top because, as I have previously talked about, our house is not level or square-anywhere. Wonkiness is the name of the game in this house and level doesn't look level when all is in place. Board one went into place with ease and Mister cut board two. Using two of the paint stirers as spacers we held up the second board and nailed it into place. The last board was ripped down on the table saw to fit.


Notice the paint stir sticks between the bottom two boards here! 

My youngest working along side of her daddy. Proud mama moment.

Oh, the dark paint-this is where the dark gray paint matters; remember the spacers? Well, if the wall was light colored you would see it between the boards, ruining your shiplap effect and it would be a bear trying to get a paint brush in there! That is why this was an important step. Once the boards were up Mister cut and nailed the two lattice pieces on either side to cover the ends, giving it a clean, finished look.  


This wall is 7.3 feet wide by 7.6 feet high. The cost to do this wall was a little extravagant for us considering it is such a small wall. The wood and lattice was about $125 and the paint (we bought a gallon but a quart would have done it) was $25-$30 (I can't find my receipt). 

That tv bracket swivels all over the place! 

Here the tv is level and you can see the it looks wonky against the wall. Notice the furniture lines against the wall, too. WONKY!

Here we shimmed (stuck a piece of 1-by under one side to show how much it would take to make it look right. WONKY!

Now comes the fun part of painting or staining this wall... but that will be another post but because we spent so much money on this little section of the room I don't want to mess it up. Stop back by soon to see what I did to the wood!

***UPDATE: You can see the finished project here.

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23 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic, Jolena. I know what you mean about a house not being level. We have an older home and run into that problem too - not fun!

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    1. It is a challenge, JoAnne. There must be something soft in my head to want to keep trying... Thanks for visiting with me today and for the kind words.

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  2. This looks SO amazing! I love it! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  3. This is so fabulous! I've been bitten by the shiplap bug too and I'm just biding my time until I can convince my husband to go along! I can't wit to see what you do with it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home ( formerly Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home})

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Once the bug bites it waits patiently to see the full effects come to fruition. It will not be ignored.... I thought I could appease it by applying a faux version in my bedroom but it only served to fan the flames.... who knows where it will show up next! I can't wait to see where it shows up in your house.

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  4. I've also been wanting to do a wall in shiplap. I haven't brought it up to my husband yet, but this looks so good that I'll be doing just that! Congratulations on a job well done. I'll be checking to see how you finish it off!

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    1. First of all, I love the name! Funny, we're all the same.... how am I going to propose this to my mister. I find it is easier if I can show him a picture of someone else's work. That makes it tangible vs. abstract imagination for him. If I can add in "of course, ours would look much better...." Honestly, he is a pretty good sport about my ideas. When you get yours done stop back by and share a picture, please! Thanks for visiting with me and please do stop back by.

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  5. Wonky walls can be so frustrating! But you really did a great job of making everything look even and professional. I can't wait to see the finished project :)

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I am glad you could visit and hope you come back next week to see the finished product!

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  6. what a great idea we have been looking into putting wood on the walls this idea I believe is the best yet
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    1. Hi Angie, thanks for the visit and for the kind words. If you decide to put up a wood wall please come back and share it with me. I did pop over to http://shopannies.blogspot.com and picked a yummy sounding recipe for taco dip! Thanks!

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  7. Jolena I really love it wonky or not! Might you consider leaving it like that for a while? The natural wood is so pretty and warm to look at.

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    2. Sadly, Mary, no. I cannot leave the walls alone... and most people that have known me for a while knew that would be my answer. :) It is finished and I will be posting the photos soon. Stayed tuned... and thank you for stopping by (and for hosting the party).

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  8. Shiplap is all the rage right now and I am loving it! Your wall looks great and thanks for the pictures. Thank you also for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Thanks for hosting the party; love seeing what what's going on there every week.

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  9. Your wall is looking lovely! I had never heard of shiplap before two years ago, which is funny because our 100 year old farmhouse is FILLED with it! I was uncovering it when another blogger used the word "shiplap" and I had to go look it up! It all has rabbeted edges, they don't actually show when installed, the edge butt up against each other like tongue and groove - which is what is in my living room! It was designed to help keep weather out and provide a flat surface for wallpaper. We actually peeled 7 layers of wallpaper off our living room! Our kitchen is half original shiplap walls, half add-on plywood walls. We've just been using cedar fence boards over the old plywood, and it looks just the same for much cheaper! Oh man, aren't wonky walls fun? We're constantly trying to find the balance between "true level" and "visually level," hahaha!

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    1. Gotta love old houses, right?! Shiplap has become the go to for anyone diy-ing lately. I keep trying to get it into my house. I think we all have Chip and Joanna Gains to thank for the popularity of the product that used to be ripped out and sheet-rocked over. There is a sense of history to the old wood; a feeling of nostalgia, not to mention the instant warmth wood (painted or not) adds to a space. Our home also had layers of old wallpaper. It was used to cover the horse-hair plaster from 150+ years ago. While working in the living room we uncovered 5 or 6 layers under the wainscot! Sounds like you share the same old house adventures that we have had. It is always a surprise and always a challenge to make things seem right when we know they aren't... Hmm... sounds like that could be applied to several different areas of life.... haha. Thanks for visiting with me and for the kind words.

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  10. Turned out so nice! I sure do love mine!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks, Jann! I must have missed your post on your wood wall. I'll have to pop over and check it out. Thanks for the party.

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  11. That looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks for the party and the kind words.

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