This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit 3MDIY.comI had the great opportunity to once again work with 3MDIY.com this year with some projects....so, out came my thinking cap and trying to figure out what projects would be perfect :) I absolutely love my cedar planked walls in my dining room, and I've been wanting to do more planked walls throughout the house. If it were up to me, I would plank the whole house, but...well, two things are stopping me: the hubs and the 20-something foot ceilings. Talk about a pain in the butt that would be....and I'm talking mainly about the hubs, not the walls ;)
I've been wanting to do something in the front room for awhile now, some sort of wall treatment. Our house is pretty much completely beige, but really only feels like that in the front room. As you know, I have changed that room more times than I can count and that you can imagine...and I've never been too happy. Happiness of a new arrangement or decor lasted about a week. I did have plans to do board and batten in here, but never got around to doing it. I think those plans have been in existence since 3 years ago lol. Yay for procrastination! Then I looked around my house and realized that another planked wall belonged in there. And somehow, I actually did it ...even without the hubs approval ;) He likes the cedar planked wall but didn't like the idea of this new planked wall. Figures. He says that there are thousands of houses out there that probably have some faux wood walls from the 70s that they would be happy to get rid of :) In a way, I guess it's kind of true. Weird how styles change and evolve...and here we are with the same idea, just in white. ...gives me new inspiration to paint my mom's basement though :)
This was also a lot cheaper than the cedar planked wall since it's using faux wood. The cost, if all you need to do is buy the masonite (tempered hardwood) and corner molding is about $27 for a this wall which is about 9 feet high and 11 feet wide.
Here are the supplies I used:
6" wide pieces of masonite, enough to cover your wall
3 quarters (or something to measure the gaps)
3M SandBlaster Sandpaper from 3M Advanced Abrasives
3M Patch Plus Primer
Jigsaw (in case you need to cut around outlets)
Nail gun (or if you dare, nails and hammer)
ScotchBlue Painter's Tape
ScotchBlue Drop Cloth
The stuff that I used for the planks is masonite at 1/8th inch thick. It looks like what is used for pegboard, but without the holes. It's rough on one side and smooth on the other. It's the cheapest thing to use for this project (unless you get it for free somewhere). You can find this in the plywood department. Its about $8 for each 4'x8' piece. You can have the people at the home center cut them for you (which I recommend to save your sanity) or cut it yourself. Whoever cuts it, make sure that they cut it straight. It's a really wobbly material, so extra time is needed to make the cuts exactly 6" beginning to end. If this doesn't happen, then your boards will all by screwy and your wall will look lopsided and skiwampus.
Once you have all your cuts and material, lets begin:
Check to see if your ceiling is level. If it is, great! Get started and start putting up your first piece. If it isn't, make sure the first piece you are putting up is level. You may have a gap between it and the ceiling, but we'll fix that later.
Between each row, use something to make the gaps even. I used 3 quarters. I wanted my gaps to be a little bigger than most planked walls I've seen. You can use a comb or a shim, whatever works best for the look you are going for :) With the quarters, I placed them in between the top row and the row I was about to secure. Secured the board once, and then took my level from there and made sure it was level. I only used the quarter once per piece (see the video at the end to get more of an idea of how I did it).
3M SandBlaster Sandpaper in 120 grit., it's perfect to flatten the grain.
I explained in the video about the difference the saw blade will make. Your last strip won't be 6 inches. It will be much smaller. I had to use all my pieces, so I chose to put this piece on the bottom. I still have a small gap between the molding and the last strip, but once it's all painted, you can't even tell.
3M SandBlaster Sandpaper again and sand the seams to make the 'bump' less apparent.
3M Patch Plus Primer and fill in the seams and any nail holes you see (see the video below on how I did this in more detail). Once that is dried, sand again.
Then take your ScotchBlue™Painter's Tape and tape up everywhere you don't want to get paint :) Outlets, adjacent walls, ceiling, molding, etc. I also put down the ScotchBlue™Drop Cloth to protect the carpet.
3M Patch Plus Primer on these like before. Wait to dry, and then sand. Paint over.
And now with the planked wall! This made such a difference. Beige beige beige be gone! Meet crisp linen white :) Figures all I needed was a nice white wall.
Here's a video that explains some items in a little more detail on how I put up the wall. If you watch and listen closely, we have a guest appearance by Max and guest voiceover by the sweet babe :) Enjoy!
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This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit 3MDIY.com.