So, we painted our walls with Wheat Bread (by Behr) because I needed a change after 6 years of the same color. So far, love it. However, we left one giant wall (the only solid wall in our bedroom) completely blue minus all of the greige that I got on it as I didn’t cut in particularly closely.
We decided that we wanted our room to be a bit rustic. Then, we got the offer from Mohawk to get a rug (coming soon to a blog near you!) and we decided that we’d do a light rug (it’s a shimmery cream called Pearl) and greige walls and then a WHITE accent wall. I know. SO BORING, right?!
Well, there are a few reasons. We wanted something planked looking and I originally wanted wood. Then, I wanted white walls with a wood-toned accent wall. Chris wasn’t as in to it. I’m making him let me paint our whole kitchen white this summer so, I let him have color on the walls. Also, our bed is a wrought iron style…even though it’s not iron. I wanted the grayish-silver of our headboard to still pop and I knew it would blend in against a wood-toned wall. Lastly, I wanted cool lamps (oil-rubbed bronze) and for our giant wedding day canvas to pop and be the focus. White it is.
We needed this to be cheap so I read up on Danielle (from Two Little Superheroes)’s post on how she used masonite, or tempered hardboard, to make her planked wall. Hers is really exact and amazing and perfect spaced. Ours is not. Spoiler alert. This is not AT ALL due to her post, however. 🙂 I also used her tutorial for our egg basket light in the kitchen- thanks, Danielle!
So, this is the sneak peek I left you with last time:
No lie, that is pretty much how our room has looked for almost a month. Here’s how it started. When we went to buy all of the paint, we bought 3 sheets of masonite. Our wall is 12 feet long and 8 feet tall. That worked perfectly for me because we could buy 3 4’x8′ sheets and cut them. Well, it worked almost exactly (+/- 3 inches). However, we got them all cut at Home Depot at 8:30 (they close at 9) and the man running the saw wasn’t the most…precise. I know that can be an issue, but we don’t have a table saw or a good workspace at home so, it was our best bet. Also, it was about 18 degrees outside and cutting them on the back porch wasn’t really an option. So, we sorted them when we got home to see if we could figure out how to group them best. They were all *around* 6 inches, but some were narrower on one end than the other so we tried to group the ones that were precise and then the ones that were narrower/wider in their own piles so we could make the rows look even-ish. I mean…it didn’t really work.
Luckily, I’m not all about precise. Actually, I’m relatively anal retentive about things, but I decided that our room was supposed to be “rustic” anyway. This goes way back for me. When I was a kid and my parents were getting divorced, my dad would come and pick me up and we would go to his friends’ houses. One friend of his was a man from our church. He built his own log cabin in the woods behind his house and the second we started putting up these uneven boards, it reminded me of how his logs had all fit together and there were some cracks bigger than others. So, if everyone else hates/criticizes it, so be it. I’m embracing imperfection. It’s like turning over a new leaf.
First, we marked the studs with tape so we would know the best places to put in the nails. We started with the very top row and tried to make them level (moot point- or moo point– AM I RIGHT?) We knew that the boards would go *almost* to either side, but there were 3-4 inches on the end that wouldn’t be covered.
We alternated side to side until we had all of the wall mostly covered. Strange fact, on the very left side of this room, the chimney is behind the wall. That made nailing into the wall very…
infuriating difficult. However, we got most of the boards up with no problem. Some of them kinda popped out more than we planned so we occasionally put an extra nail in them to keep them as flat as possible. The cracks between rows got out. of. hand. But like I said, new leaf. Turning…now.
Yup, that picture is from way back when we were painting initially…the brown sheets were more recent. The newest pictures will have these sheets again. I have no idea where our other sheets are so we keep going back and forth between the same two sets. Maybe I should donate the others. We’re clearly doing fine without them.
We decided to install the new outlets/covers and just cut the boards around them because I like that a) the outlet covers are flush with the boards, and b) we didn’t have to bump out the outlets. That was more trouble than it’s worth, to me. Chris disagreed, but I won that one. If you’re keeping score, that’s 1-1. He won the color scheme and I won the outlets. (Disclaimer: We’re actually super not competitive with each other in real life. Like, really not competitive. This is a huge personal victory for me.)
The last boards you see standing in the above picture got cut into pieces to fit in all of the ends. We got everything filled up except for that very bottom row (above the baseboard) that is about 2.5 inches tall. That’s going to be annoying. To procrastinate before having to deal with that, we sunk all of the nail heads and started filling and sanding holes. We also put in the new rug. Color me excited. I also fell and sprained(?) my ankle, sidelining me from this project for a solid week. Lame.
After we filled and sanded, I vacuumed the cracks between boards and wiped the whole wall down with a damp towel so that the dust wouldn’t screw up the primer and paint.
Then, time to prime! I tried to paint between all of the cracks with the primer. Obviously coverage was crazy-town. It’s primer, though. Then, I did a coat of paint. It was SUPER splotchy and SUPER late at night. That means, no pictures. Trust me, you’re not missing anything. Then, we did the second coat. You can kinda see from the arrows in the picture, there were still some splotches. The coverage around the edges of each board is GREAT, but the smooth parts of the boards were THIRSTY FOR MORE. (Thank you, Kevin McAllister.) That being said, I only had to touch up some of the larger cracks (not super precise) that still showed a little blue.
I was going to have a “finished”-ish picture for you, but this is far more wordy and I’ve already had another change of sheets. I still never make up my bed. Sorry, Mom. Even sorrier, Memaw. We have a 30-hour famine this weekend with our youth group, but hopefully we’ll have a 3rd coat up by Sunday! I’m hoping to show you a LEGIT finished (ish) picture by next weekend AT THE LATEST! Come on, master bedroom! 🙂 After this, we still have…
-rug giveaway (!!!!!!!!!!)
-redo nightstands (maybe down the road a bit)
We are so happy with how it’s coming together and so eager to have it all done! 🙂 Anyone else out there loving fake (or real) planking on walls or rustic living spaces?! Tell me all about it! 🙂