Since starting the house renovation, one bedroom has had the least attention given to it. It’s been the last on our list of ‘to-do’s’ for a while now. Initially, we ran out of primer to paint over the bright yellow walls and ceiling (yes, they painted the ceiling too?), so it looked kind of painted and kind of not. It was used as a storage space by our contractors and it also housed the kitchen appliances and cabinets before they were installed. In it, we also stored the hardwood floors that would eventually be in every room….. except this one. So, we ‘owed’ it to this room to do something different….. and cool.
We picked a ‘reclaimed wood’ project for the wall behind the headboard. We scouted out several options online but decided on the layout after being inspired by a wall in a retail shop in San Francisco. We just had to figure out how to do it. All in all, it was pretty easy.
Step One: Prep We measured the wall to know how much wood we would need and did some simple math.
Step Two: Supplies We picked up the wood at Lowes. We searched for wood that was not meant to be finish quality. So we choose wood that is typically used in behind the scenes projects. It was rougher and had more character. This wood is typically chaper, which we loved. We got 5 different width sizes x 8′ length. We spent about $350 on wood given the size of the wall (19′ x 10′). We also picked up 4 cans of wood stain that ranged from dark to light and some liquid nails.
Step Three: Staining the wood. We tried several layers of stain, letting the stain sit for a while, and also wiping it off quickly. We also hammered screws sideways into the wood and hit it with hammers to give it a ‘past life’ look. It was pretty fun marking them up randomly. If you do this, be sure to wear gloves and do this outside so the fumes don’t get to you. We stained ours under a pine tree so some sap drip on them as they were drying, which added to the look. After a day drying, we stacked them outside (out of the sun and rain) for a week. Leaving them outside helped cut down on the smell too. While this was happening we also choose to paint the wall dark brown so any spaces, knot holes, etc. wouldn’t be too obvious.
Step Four: installation. We cut the boards and used Liquid Nails and a nail gun to secure the boards to the wall. I’m a total pain the in the ass about how things are laid out so this part took a solid day. Getting it right is subjective and I’m thankful that Marc lets me do my thing. It includes a lot of standing back and looking at it then trying other colors and lenghts. It’s a process… but a fun one we did together.
Step Five: Trim We added base-boards and trim to cover any uneven cuts. The clean lines of the trim and base-boards really helps the roughness of the wood stand out.
This project could be a solid two weekend project. First weekend is to buy and stain the wood the second weekend is to install it.
The room went from being blah to wow. We are looking forward to having our first guests stay there soon. The Week’s are going to love it!