Monday, May 14, 2012

Office Project: Plank Wall

I already showed you the map wall for my front-room-turned office project…but that is not the only wall that got a makeover!

Were you able to guess what I did from this picture?

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Probably not!

Well, let’s back up a little bit.  This is the wall you see when you walk in my front door (remember…no “entry” in our house).  Not very exciting, is it?

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Well, inspired by Miss Mustard Seed’s guest room

and Thrifty and Chic’s dining room,

I decided to plank it!

Here’s a brief description of what I did.  I used a lathe strip (leftover from my “green tree” sign project) to define the left edge of the wall.  I decided not to mess with planking the overhead beam for the doorway.  But you know what?  Right this minute—I think I just decided that I regret that!  I may have to go back!  Yeah, like that will ever happen.  I also marked every-other stud line on the wall with a pencil.

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I purchased three 4’ x 8’ sheets of 1/8”-thick hardboard from Lowe’s.  They were about $8.50/sheet, making this a very inexpensive wall treatment!  I had the nice man at Lowe’s cut them into 6” x 8’ strips.  He was able to do all three sheets at once, so it really didn’t take as long as you might think!  Note:  In my experience, Lowe’s has a much more liberal cutting policy than Home Depot does!  But I love both stores.

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Then I simply butted the left side of the boards against the lathe strip, and nailed the boards into the studs wherever I could.  I did NOT choose to use any glue.  That way, this is only a semi-permanent wall treatment.  I don’t like to think of how many nail holes I’ll have to fill when I decide I’m tired of it…

I know it’s silly, but I was exceedingly proud of myself for notching out the spaces for the light switch and electrical outlet.

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Almost done!  I had to rip the last board down to fit.  I didn’t even have to take off the baseboards!

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I covered the right end with another lathe strip, to hide the uneven ends. 

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Then I painted the wall with one coat of primer and two coats of Behr Ultra paint (color match to Sherwin-Williams Creamy).  Another note: the nice thing about the 1/8”-thick boards was that I was able to use the same switchplate and outlet plate covers.

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Planking that one wall (it’s about 10’ wide x 8’ tall) took about three hours in the morning—and yes, I did it ALL by my lonesome.  Those kitchen chairs that keep appearing in the pictures are what I walked across from one side of the wall to the other!  The painting and priming were done by the time my husband got home from work, so it isn’t too bad of a project. 

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I also put up the wall mural on the same day, also before my husband got home from work! 

But when he did get home…I sent him to KFC to pick up dinner Winking smile

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There will be some more things on the wall eventually—but I always knew I wanted this great metal clock in there, so it went up right away!

Next installment:  installing the desk!

Linking up here:
Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Elizabeth & Co.
Mod Vintage Life No Minimalist Here’s Open House Thursday
Friday Remodelaholic 2805
My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
Primitive & Proper Thrifty Décor Chick
Cowgirl Up! My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect {Primp}
Simply Klassic Sundays My Repurposed Life
From My Front Porch to Yours It’s So Very Cheri
Common Ground {aka} design

22 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love the wall! it looks awesome!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow - you did a great job with that wall, Korrie! You already know I love that clock, too!

Susan said...

Korrie, you totally rock. I could never have done something like that. Well, maybe I could...but it would look nothing like yours! ;) Was your hubby totally impressed??? It looks so good! Hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

mcvick said...

love, love, love this! great job!

Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

Such a great look. Really compliments the room. Ps. I want that clock :)

Irene said...

That is one awesome wall. I give you a pat on the back and a high five for doing it yourself.

Proper Prim said...

Wow... awesome job. Loving your room. The map wall looks equally awesome too... and that clock. I want me one of them too.

Can't wait to see the desk. How exciting to see it all coming together.

Great job.

Hugs,
Deb

Becca said...

ANother great project Korrie!! I pinned it asap and cannot wait to see more!!
xo Becca

Ali Richardson said...

AWESOME!!!! I love it! You are a rock star for doing it all on your own. This would definitely be a husband involved project in my house!

ImSoVintage said...

Korrie, you never fail to amaze me. Your wall is absolutely awesome.
:)
Laura

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Beautiful wall! So when he got home what did he say? Did he love it? I think it looks great and I wouldn't have thought to use the hardboard instead of wood.... Good call! It looks fantastic!
Susan
Homeroad

Gypsy Heart said...

Amazing! Even if I had the tools, it would prolly take me a year to figure it out and by then I'd have given up. LOL Looks marvelous!

xo
Pat

freddyandpetunia said...

You go Girl!
G i r l P o w e r !
***luv your clock!
Catherine

Ellie said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! It looks great! I love that kind of wall treatment. I just might have to do that on my living room wall. Only I don't have a Lowe's or Home Depot around so I'll have to cut it all down myself. Thanks for sharing!

Holly

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

What? You did this incredibly awesome, forward-thinking project and didn't share it at cowgirl up? This project is awesome!! (No pressure to link up, I'm just thinking this rocks!!)

Rachel said...

Love it! Brilliant! And that clock is WAY COOL!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Awesome Korrie! ... And yup, we're planking around here too!

gail wilson said...

ohhh, no planking here, but sure wish I had a wall where I could do it! Your wall looks fabulous, you did a great job!
gail

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Holy Moly, Korrie! It's amazing! I love the map, and I love the planking~and I really wish I'd thought of using hardboard!!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Oh wow! You did a fantastic job all by yourself. I'm so impressed. It's Beautiful!

Dee

LauraNell said...

Great project! I'm trying to decide how to cover or repair the walls in the laundry room of my 1929 home, and this looks like it might be an option. Thanks for sharing!
Laura