Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Adding Charm to the Master Bedroom with a Planked Wall

So the painting is done in our master bedroom. If you missed all the BEFORE pics you can click HERE and also enter to win a $50 Sherwin Williams gift card to go towards redoing a space in  your home. 
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
I had big plans for this wall from the very beginning. It just took a little while to talk Mr. Front Porch into the idea. I have ALWAYS loved the look of planked walls and knew I wanted some in our home. I figure the master bedroom was the perfect space to start!
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
Off to HomeDepot I went.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
I purchased 5 of the 2.7mm 4x8 Utility Panels and had them  cut down for me into 5 inch strips. These were far less expensive than the Birch Plywood that I had purchased for our planked fireplace. If I had it in the budget though I would have gone and used the Birch Plywood for this project as well. The Birch is more substantial and thus you do not have to worry about it peeling, splintering, or breaking which could all happen with the less expensive plywood. With that said in the end, which you will see in a moment, I LOVE how the project turned out and you can not tell what type of wood I used. 
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
We chose the 5 inch strips so we could easily cut them with a few smaller for character. We started at the top because our ceiling was level all the way across and we figured if we had any wonky boards they would be less likely seen closer to the floor since the bed takes up a lot of the wall.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
This is our assistant. He was in charge of managing the project and well as you can see he is fast asleep! Littliest slept thru the entire installation of the paneling, nail gun and all. Now that is some serious napping!;)
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
One of the things that we were not looking forward to was fitting the planking around our outlets. It turned out to be a breeze! The plywood was so thin we did not have to extend our outlets out which was a plus. To get the correct cuts I took the plates off and then made a template with a piece of printer paper and then traced the outline onto the plank. It was SUPER easy. Mr. Front Porch was relieved!;)
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
After all the planks went up I used a nail finishing tool to ensure that all the nails were in deep enough and were not sticking out. Then I filled in all of the holes. Yes we used a LOT of nails. We wanted to ensure that the panels were not going to pop off. Now the proper way of doing things would have been to find the studs but we bypassed that. Another reason for all the nails was the fact that the thinner plywood tends to be a bit wavy so to combat that we just put nails where the waves were to get rid of them. I used a little liquid nails on the back of a few panels that were installed in the middle of the wall knowing I would be hanging things there.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
After filling I got to sanding with a medium grit sanding block. I made sure to sand away all of the filler off because if you do not you will see it when you paint over it. The only filler you want left is the filler in your nail holes.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
After I sanded I vacuumed the entire wall to get all the filler dust in between the planks.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
Painting went fairly smoothly. I did learn that you always want to paint the wall behind your planks the same color you are planning on painting your planks in this case SW 6211 Rainwashed. I figured I would save time and paint by not doing it and had to go back with a little artist brush and paint in between some of the planks. Paint still saved but certainly not time. It took approximately two coats to fully cover the planks with no primer applied. If you do not want to risk it then I would apply primer first and then paint.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
The best thing to paint planks with I found is a foam roller. The paint goes on smoothly with no brush strokes! 
From My Front Porch To Yours- Planked Wall
This project took two days to complete and I could not be happier! It makes the entire room. Now all that is left to our master bedroom makeover is decorating. Stay tuned!:)

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27 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a very cool look! It really transforms the whole look of the room...love it...and the color! I can't wait to see the final reveal! :)

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  2. WOW!!!! Now that is a statement wall Pamela. Luv it. Can't wait for you to reveal the entire room.
    Laughing... can't believe he slept through the installation. Sound sleeper.
    Hugs, Gee

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  3. Pamela that wall looks AMAZING!! I love it!! Such a pretty paint color.

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  4. I have a room where I've wanted to do this project since the day we moved in. You make it look so easy and so pretty! Thanks for showing your steps. This is on my list!!

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  5. Pamela, when you had HD cut the wood for you, were they careful to cut it straight so that wasn't a worry?

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  6. Awesome! We just did our powder room and I am loving it! And I love that Rainwashed color!
    Kelly

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  7. How fun! It looks great and I am looking forward to the whole room!

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  8. The wall is fabulous! Also, I love your hair and sunglasses look, pretty!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  9. It looks fabulous. I love it. What a great idea. Can't wait to see it all done.

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  10. Love the wall, Pamela! The paint color is beautiful.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  11. Wow, I love this Pamela! What a great idea! The color is so pretty! Love, love, love it!

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  12. You don't need no stinking studs! LOL! Your new planked wall looks so great. I'm super impressed!

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  13. That looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see the full reveal!

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  14. I love plank walls & yours look perfect. I think we used the same material when we did ours and it was very, very easy to work with.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  15. WOW!

    What fun - looks awesome. I am not sure I'd have the nerve, but I sure love it. I need to step outside the box and plain walls I live around one of these days. Well done, ma'am!!

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  16. I love the cozy feel your room has now with the planked wall. I have a rather long wall in my living room I have been dying to put wood on in some way, Just waiting to get my hubby on board with the idea. I drop little hints here and there and plant the seed. Wouldn't it be great if they could see the vision as quickly as we can? Now I have a visual for him...thank you so much for sharing!
    XO Barbara

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  17. so pretty! I love that color, I need to re-do my bedroom too

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  18. Pamela, how GREAT is this??? So very charming and it adds so much character. Great idea of painting the wall behind the planks. That could have been a huge issue in the end. The little one sleeping is priceless. Wouldn't it be great to be able to get great sleep like a kid again for us adults, LOL!! Seriously, think about it.

    Cynthia

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  19. This is a really cool idea!
    And to think . . . my Granddaddy grew up in a house with plank walls, and he thought it was terrible! How times change. I think it's so warm and totally hip!

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  20. Love this! Such a different way to do a plank wall...have yet to see a tutorial like this. We created a plank wall in our entrance way and I have been dying to do one in our master as well! Not sure I can convince my Mr. to do this again. So lovely!

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  21. What is that saying, "Moss does not grow under your feet"....when you get an idea you put it in motion and do it....the wall is beautiful !!!..and yes, it so added much charm to your room!...Fantastic job Pamela.

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  22. gorgeous Pamela! I'm so impressed with your vision and creativity!!

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  23. Wow! Can you say "overkill"? lol I like how you didn't leave any spaces between the planks. I don't know how you had the patience to fill in all those nail holes! We just completed this project in our home with 5 and 6 inch planks of luaun (also very thin and wavy) but thankfully didn't need all those nails or any adhesive. Our walls were in no way straight so we had to leave some space between ours, some more than in other spots since when we cut the sheet on the table saw hubby got the fence a bit crooked and so some of the boards are a bit crooked. Looks really nice even before it was painted! Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor.

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