Since we started working from home over 15 years ago, the steps to the offices are used A LOT. I mean we use it even more than the bedrooms on the third floors. So, to make them look a little more appealing, I wanted to add some character to the focal point wall on the landing. Over the years, this area was used to store our extra supplies, then turned into a place to store my decorative serving platters from my mother and my husband’s extensive collection of coffee maker. The wall was very dull and only held two shelves on it.
The wall looked great but was very plain to me. I wanted the wall to have some texture and be the focal point for anyone who walked down to the offices. To my surprise, I found an affordable reclaimed cedar wood planks that were tongue and groove to quickly add to the wall. Here is how I added the to create my focal wall. And, the existing wall just didn’t do it for me at all.
(NOTE: I use the word “I” and “we” throughout this post. When I use the word “I” that means one person can do it themselves. When I use the word “we,” it means that two people needed to do this part of the project.)
Here’s what I started to create this wall.
Design innovation reclaimed cedar wood planks in white, gray and brown
Five boxes $129.85
Electric Finishing nail gun with finishing nails.
A nail remover to help remove nails that didn’t go straight into the wood.
Determined the amount of material I needed.
The space I needed to cover was 28 square feet above the shelf and 35 sq ft below the shelf. I decided to start from the bottom up in both sections. This method would help keep the tongue and groove aligned properly. I decided to run it horizontally, but it can run vertically or diagonally if you wish. It will probably take more product to do it diagonally though.
Make sure the wall is horizontally level.
I took a self-leveler laser beam and placed it on the steps and marked a point on the wall. Then created a chalk line from one end to the other that lined up with all the points I indicated on the wall. I then measured from the molding to the chalk line. I wanted to see if the wall was straight from the end of the molding. And it was off by 1/4 inch. This step helped me determine that I needed to add a little more spacing on the left side when I insert the planks so that it will look straight. I did the same with the top portion of the wall when I did that part later.
Start from the bottom up.
As I mentioned above, I started from the bottom and installed this product because it was a tongue and groove install. To apply the first row, I used my nail gun and placed the nails on the ends of the tongue side about 1 foot apart of each other. Note: if you used wood glue, add the glue first then use the nail gun. I preferred not to use the glue because I wanted to be able to remove it from the wall easily if I choose to do so.
As you can see below, we removed the molding from the shelf. This step allowed us to add the planks right up to the shelf. It looked a lot more professional that way.
I continued up the wall slowly. Making sure I did slide the planks onto one another correctly. Some of the products were a little rough on the surface so be sure to wear gloves to protect yourself from splinters. It didn’t happen often, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Continue the installation.
We choose to leave the corner round molding on the top half of the shelf because it didn’t look bad. And we continued up the shelf.
By the time we got to the very top we only had about 1/2 to 1/4 inch opening left. We plan on putting a piece of corner round molding there soon. But it isn’t noticeable.
We added the shelves to the wall, and this is the finished wall. What do you think? It took about 8 hours total with everything and installed the shelves over a few weekends. We could have finished it all in one weekend but were so busy we just didn’t want to rush the process.
Would this be a project you would do in your home? If so, what room would you add this feature? Please leave a comment below. And, please share with other people who you think may link home improvement projects.
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