Hey guys! I took a little break from my furniture building to add an easy and inexpensive, planked wall treatment to my dining room!
I love the character it adds to this room and it was super easy 🙂 This wall is about 12 1/2′ long and I took the paneling up about 4 1/2′ making the total cost of this wall treatment around $100! Here’s how I did it!
I had Home Depot rip 2 sheets of 1/2″ Purebond Birch Plywood into 7 1/2″ boards (essentially creating 6 – 1×8 boards). I chose 1/2″ plywood because the width worked the best against my existing baseboards but you could do 1/4″ or 3/4″ as well. Having these boards ripped, as opposed to purchasing 1×8 pine, saves money and the boards will be straight – win, win! I brought the boards home and got to work! I cut my very first piece at 4′, then the next at 6′. There really is no rhyme or reason to the pattern but you don’t want your joints to stagger as you work your way up the wall.
I didn’t use glue for this project – you can use a panel adhesive, but I am fickle and may not want this wall up forever. Nailing these planks to the studs is the best solution for a temporary wall treatment and would also be great if you are renting! So, I used my stud finder to mark the studs along the wall.
And, like Whitney did on her Pallet Wall, I used pennies as spacers between the planks.
I did have one electrical socket and light switch to maneuver around but this was a piece-of-cake! ****Before handling any socket, turn the electricity to the area off!!**** After turning the power off to this room, unscrewed the machine screws holding the sockets. I didn’t remove them completely, I just loosened them so that a 1/2″ plank would fit underneath.
To prep for the finish, I taped off around the edges with my ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
and filled all of my nail holes with 3M™ Wood Filler !
Once the paint dried, I used my 3M Ultra Flexible sanding sheets. This is a new product from the 3M™ Advanced Abrasives line and it is AMAZING!
fold it and shape it! It works wet or dry, it is clog resistant and it resists punctures, tears and creases! It’s pretty much the mac daddy of sanding sheets! I just ran a 150-grit all over the edges of the planks and the paint fell off where the Vaseline was applied.
Once I had the distressed-look I was going for, I removed all of the tape and replaced the plates over the light switch and electrical socket.
I’m so happy with my new plank wall! This is a project that can definitely be finished in a day and at $100, it is so much bang for your buck!!! If you like my $110 Dining Table, you can download our FREE plans to build your own HERE! You can read about my curtains HERE, the centerpiece HERE, the flooring in this room HERE, the chandelier HERE and the paint color on my walls HERE!
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I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.