I’m back today to show you how we installed our planked wall. Once again, please excuse my pre-blogging photos.
I absolutely love the way planked walls look and I thought, “What better place to feature one than the fireplace wall”. I wanted to make the fireplace the focal point of the living room, so it only felt natural to play up that little corner as much as possible. Here’s what the fireplace looked like when we left off after installing the pillars.
I must have read 10+ tutorials on how to make a plank wall but a lot of them used tongue and groove boards or real pine boards and that was a little more expensive than what I wanted. I came across Sausha’s tutorial for her gorgeous kitchen plank walls and she used a type of board called “utility boards” from her local home improvement store.
My hubby headed to Lowe’s and grabbed the closest thing to it that he could find. He bought a really thin (1/4″ to be exact) hardwood floor underlayment. It was really bendable and floppy since it was so thin, but that also made it really light. And at about $15 a board, it was cheap. Our fireplace wall is only about 5×9 feet but he bought two boards just to be on the safe side.
Our local Lowe’s will cut just about anything for us, which is nice because we’d rather leave the long, precise cuts to their big saws instead of our wonky circular saw. Six inches looked like a good size for our plank width, so that’s what we went with.
The edges were in pretty rough shape so we sanded those at home. Boy was that fun! Then it was time to install our planks on the wall. Just like Sausha, we didn’t want to glue everything down because we may want to change things up in the future and glue can cause some gnarly damage to drywall. We nailed them in with our nail gun, making sure to angle our nails downward to help keep the planks from sliding out and off the nail.
To space the boards evenly apart, we used a penny between the last board nailed in and then next one being installed. And to finish off the rough ends, we nailed lattice strips around the perimeter of the wall where it meets the other walls and ceiling.
Back while the mantle was removed, I laid it on it’s side and traced a template of the ends onto some scrap paper. Then, I traced that template onto the boards and used a jigsaw to cut it out. The rest of the smaller pieces were measured and cut to length, as well.
The light switch proved to be a bit of a booger. I know some people use outlet extenders to bring the outlet flush with the wall planks, but the location of the outlet made it interfere with the lattice trim on the side. If I extended the outlet, it either wouldn’t have sat flush with the lattice or the wall plank. Does that make sense? I just left it as-is and I think it looks fine.
Now that the installation of the planks and trim was complete, I moved on to filling the nail holes and caulking the seams. I caulked the seams around where the trim meets the walls/ceiling and around where the planks meet the mantle and pillars, as well as where they met the baseboard. Whew! That’s a lot of caulking.
Everything got two coats of primer and then I applied three coats of Sherwin Williams paint in the color Alabaster. The baseboards in this room also got a fresh coat of Alabaster.
This is my favorite white. It’s a nice and clean, creamy white without pulling too yellow. I am in the process of switching out all of my baseboard paint to this color and I will also use it on the kitchen cabinets, whenever that day comes. Hopefully sooner than later! I’m chomping at the bit to start that project.
Stick around for the final installment, where I show you how we installed the stonework. Thanks for reading along!
- Fireplace Makeover: The Plan
- Firplace Makeover: Demo & Pillar Construction
- Fireplace Makeover: The Reveal
- Fireplace Makeover: Stonework Tutorial