Can I make a confession? I live in a cookie cutter house. Yep, it’s true. It made the building process easy, but the living in it? Yawn.
So, over the last couple years we’ve been adding a little character one project at a time. One of the few spaces that hadn’t been given much love was the stairwell. It’s just not a glamorous space ya know?
But it could be. If you added a plank wall that is.
So that’s exactly what we did.
And now it is most definitely glamorous. Ok. Perhaps that’s a stretch. But it is seriously improved.
I bet you’re wondering how we made the plank wall? Two words: easy and cheap.They are two of my favorite words.
When we’re talking DIY.
First off, this is a two person project. Or at least it was for us, since it’s about a 13′ wall.
And when I say two person project, I really mean I stood safely on the stair landing offering helpful ‘design’ guidance and moral support while Rick basically did…everything else.
While balancing on an extension ladder.
We really do make a good team.
Anyhow, we looked at a few different material options for the planks and decided to go with eucaboard, otherwise known as tempered hardboard. We found 4′ x 8′ panels at Home Depot for $10.28 per panel. There were two reasons why we chose this.
1. The price. The planks for the entire 8′ x 13′ wall was $41!
2. It was thin enough that we didn’t have to take the base board or trim off the window. Most other boards were too thick that we kept running into the problem of it not matching the trim.
And you know what else I love about Home Depot, they cut the boards for you. Here’s where my only ‘con’ comes in that you may want to consider. This is a tough board to cut perfectly straight lines. So if you plan to install the planks without any spacing, you’ll most likely have uneven edges.
Who am I kidding? You’ll have them even with spacers but luckily for us, we wanted our plank wall to have that ‘old, been here for 100 years’ look.
Others would call that rustic.2
And you know what I really love about that look? It’s so perfectly imperfect.
We started by installing the first board in the center of the wall, so that the top and bottom of the wall would have equal spacing. We used 1/8″ tile spacers to create a space between each board. Sometimes this space was more, sometimes less because of the slightly uneven cut of the boards.
But that just helped add to that 100 year old look.
Oh, I forgot to mention. We did a quick painting of the wall prior to installing the planks. We knew there’d be space between the boards peeking through and we wanted it the same color as the boards.
We used a nail gun for quick installation of the planks.
Once all the planks were installed, we used Zinsser primer because it’s what we had on hand and it works well. Then used paint the same color as the trim.
We added quarter round for trim along the plank edges. You wouldn’t have to add the quarter round, but it did give it a more finished look. We touched up the nail holes and the plank wall was done!
Did you happen to notice the photo display? You can see how I made that here.
It’s amazing how a few boards turn into a plank wall and give a completely different look to a space!
Link ups: Carrie This Home