Planking walls is nothing new to the DIY world. In fact there are a bunch of great tutorials out there on how to do it with a million different materials, techniques, and results. Sometimes all of the chatter around the blogosphere can make so much noise that you don’t know what the best way to do something actually is.
That’s what I am here for my friends, I will be the guinea to your pig, I will be the trial to your error, I will be the crash to your dummy, (ok you get where I am going with this….)
I think that everyone. EVERYONE. has their own inner design voice (whether its Vern Yip or Emily Henderson or Honey Boo Boo’s mama) and you need to take the things that inspire you and make them your own. That is what I did with this project.
I started with the black and white striped hallway (if you are loving it you can see how to perfectly paint stripes here) which I still loved a lot. The problem I was facing was that when I painted it I used an off white (it was the color we painted all the doors and baseboard in the entire house…shoot me now) and I wanted WHITE (my favorite is Sherwin Williams Pure White Base) I wasn’t married to it enough to paint over the off white stripes and keep the black. And we all know the fastest way to get rid of something is to hide it, just ask my 8 year old self (thats how I cleaned my room.)
When it comes to the actual planking you have a handful of options. At your local hardware store you can find individual tongue and groove planks in packs (like Amy used on her ceiling) you can use sheets of paneling (like you would find in a basement in a house built in 1971), you can have sheets of ply cut down like Sausha did.
I did none of those. The thriftiest option was to use 1/8” Masonite. It is that dark particle board that is rough on one side and shiny smooth on the other that you usually see on the back side of dressers. You with me still? It is something like $8.00 for an 4×8 sheet. Have it rip cut at Lowes or Home Depot into the width that you want your planks to be. (They have a giant saw that they will do this on and its really fast.)
Decide what angle and direction you want your planking to go. Mine are at 45 degrees because its simple to remember and awesome!
Everywhere an end of your board hits (on a corner, door frame, floor etc.) you will need a 45 degree angle. Get a few pieces measured and cut. (For those that dont know, you can cut a precise angle by rotating the base on your miter saw to 45 degrees).
It is crucial to have a nail gun to do a project like this. It will save you so much time and give you a professional finish.
Nail a few boards up, step back and make sure that you are in love. (notice that were the pieces meet end to end they are not 45 degree angles, don’t do that, it will look stupid. Also notice that mine don’t perfectly touch end to end. I wanted it to look more rustic and imperfect so I did that on purpose.
I used a few of the triangles that I had left over from cutting the end of the boards so I brought them inside and used them to space each row. Sometimes you gotta rock what you got.
Once you get going it is extremely simple. Measure, cut, space, nail, over and over and over.
Just remember that everywhere a plank ends it needs to be at a 45 degree angle.
I wasn’t sure the best way to go about painting when I started, to paint the wall and the edges and then install and paint the fronts? Paint everything before hand and then go back and touch up the nail holes?
I decided to paint nothing, fill the nail holes, and then do it all in one fail swoop. It was sort of crappy having to paint in the cracks, but I don’t know if it was any more time consuming than if I would have done it the other way. I am planning on doing it a few other places in my house, so I will let you know!
All in all I love it. Cant wait to show you the other places it is going to live!!
I am heading to Salt Lake as we speak for Studio 5, we are doing a really fun segment called “What Would Mandi Do?” with viewer submitted furniture dilemmas. I am super excited about it so if you are Utah local make sure you tune in, and if you are not I will share the link on FB after it airs!! And because you guys are wonderful and have put up with my sporadic posting this week, here is a sneak peek of the room I overhauled this weekend for one lucky viewer….(the full reveal will be tomorrow!!)