Giving our room some character…one plank at a time!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I've been working on a little project over here.  Actually, I have been dreaming of this project for at least a year, and it took pretty much that long to convince my husband to let me do it.  It's not that he didn't trust my ability to do so, but he doesn't like projects, and was probably scared I'd rope him into this one!  I'm going to just skip to the chase and show you the "after" right off the bat, because let's be real…isn't that what you want to see anyways?  


The before is not THAT bad.  In fact, everyone that would come into this room would always comment as to how much they LOVED the paint color, but I knew I could add some more character to it with just a little effort.  Besides, the color was really dark, and with a dark sectional filling the space in here, the room seemed really heavy to me.


I'm not going to give you step by step instructions because I basically took all of The House of Smith's advice and followed their tutorial to a T, but I will give you a few pointers and some things I did a little differently along the way.  I mean why re-invent the wheel, right?  

First off, let me just start by telling you why I chose the material I did. I considered every option for the planked wall look, and ultimately decided that using a thin material such as a quarter inch plywood would be my best option.  I didn't want to have to change out all my trim, and using a traditional tongue and groove product would have required me to do so.  So, I settled on painting all the existing trim and baseboards in the room.  If your baseboards butt up to carpet like ours do, I found this trick that worked like a charm for not getting paint on the carpet!  

After looking at plywood options, I landed on using Luan plywood mainly because it was half the price of traditional plywood sheets.  I found someone in the cutting department and in my sweetest voice, asked if he would kindly cut down 11 sheets of plywood into 6" strips.  I must have not asked nice enough.  The man looked at me like I was insane, and then proceeded to tell me he would charge me for all the cuts.  Fine, whatever… it was still way less work for me, and it was only twenty - one extra dollars.  With material in hand, I was off to start this room!



Thanks to the tip of many other bloggers that have pioneered this look before me,  I painted all the walls white first.  This is so the dark color doesn't peak through the cracks after you put all the planking up.  I can't imagine the work it would have been had they not forewarned me….so thank you fellow plankers.  



Lucky for me we have a fourteen year old that is easily convinced to help me with my crazy ideas, and an awesome friend Anna who happens to know her way around a table saw (among other tools)!  This project would have taken me at WEEKS longer if I wouldn't have had their help.  



Upon recommendation from my genius friend Andy, we put a blue tape line up around the room so we could mark the studs in the wall and know exactly where we were nailing the boards to.  We just moved the tape down as we worked down the wall.  As soon as the boards were cut, it went up pretty smoothly. We nailed the boards to the wall, and my boy ran some paint on the edge so we didn't have to worry about painting the edges once it was up…not sure if that was necessary since we sprayed the boards in the end, but I wasn't taking any chances of not being able to get to them!   

 



Projects are always more eventful when the four year old decides to help… 




At this point, the men in the house decided the "wood" look was great and didn't see any reason to paint it.  Ha.  Not the look I was going for.  


We puttied all the nail holes, gave the room one last sand, taped it off like we were on the set of E.T and used my Wagner Spray Gun to paint the planks.  This is a finishing spray gun, and I LOVE this thing.  In reality, it was probably not meant to do this size of a project because the projection of the spray isn't super wide.  In the end though, it was to my advantage because it didn't have a wide overspray area.


And that's it folks.  I will let the following "after" pictures speak for themselves.  
I could not be more thrilled with the results!









And here is my dream team who helped make this project happen!  




19 comments:

  1. This looks AMAZING!!! You are so awesome!
    Isn't it great how white and texture can transform a room!?!?
    Yay!
    - Shelley

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  2. its amazing. amazing. amazing. makes the room look 1,000x bigger!

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  3. I found your blog through Emily A Clark's blog and I will follow from now on for sure! I saw your new planked walls and I love them so, in fact this is what I want to do to my bathrooms pretty soon. I wanted to ask you two questions about this project. First, was it truly pretty easy to do yourself? It looked pretty simple, but we've done enough work to our house to know that things that look simple can trick you in the worst way haha! My husband and I are definitely willing to work hard, but I'd rather pay than have the end result be a mess. Second, in hindsight have you been happy with your choice to use plywood? I've read about this and it seems like a reasonable option.

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    1. Thanks so much Whitney! It was not at all difficult, given you have some basic knowledge of power tools. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the internet and thinking things may be easier than what they are! This room was labor intensive, especially with the extra steps of sanding down the strips, but not difficult. I personally love the final result. The plywoood gives it a little more character, meaning that it is a little more rustic (rough in parts) than a traditional tongue and groove. Using this material saved us a TON of money and labor because it was thin enough to fit around our existing trim! I just eyeballed the lines, but some people use a laser to make sure all the lines around the room are lining up as they put the wood up. It would be pretty obvious once you paint it if you don't get them lined up. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with your project!

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  4. Looks so great!

    Whitney
    whitneydonae.com

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  5. Love the walls, there is zero chance I will get to do that but I noticed your rug in the room. I have an old dog and am looking for a rug with some texture but easy to clean etc. Could you give me info on the rug? I love the total look of the room.

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    1. Thank you Ginger! The rug is actually wall to wall carpet. I would need to call the place we bought it from for the info on it. We replaced it around three years ago, and that is stretching my memory!

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  6. Such a beautiful room and amazing transformation. Great job!

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  7. This is gorgeous, where are your lighting fixtures from?

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    1. Thank you! The light fixtures are from West Elm =)

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  8. Oh my gosh!!!!! I popped over to check out your ORC plan and found this amazing project!!!!!!! You are so good - your dream team should work on more projects together - the end result is a room with so much character! I love the lighter color scheme and recovered ottoman too!!!!! And now.....I need to plank some walls!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I love all our friends. They are always up for a good project.. In fact, they are helping me construct a few things for the One Room Challenge!

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  9. Looks amazing! We have planked two places in our house and I'm so jealous that you have a nail gun. Lordy, we hand nailed everything and it was a lot of work. Your dream team is a keeper.

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