Thursday, November 8, 2012

Project: Guest Room {Wall...with Planks!}

Earlier this week, I mentioned how I was ready to prepare our bare bones guest room for guests as the holiday season is approaching.

I also showed the four steps I go through when taking on a new project like this one. (See the full post here.) 
The first step, as shown above was to analyze the situation. So, I made a list of what was working, what wasn't working, and the goals I have for the room.

Once I figured out the problem(s) and put down some doable goals, it was time to move on to the next step, strategize

It's time to put those goals into action.

To do this, it helps to break each goal into smaller, more manageable action steps. Here are the first two of mine:

Goal: Give the room a cozier feel with color and texture

Action Step 1: Paint walls-remove blinds and outlet covers, etc. Patch holes, tape if needed.
Resources Needed: 1 gallon of Valspar's "Night Light", painter's tape, screwdriver, nail hole filler, paint roller, paint tray, drop cloth

Action Step 2: Planked Focal Wall--measure/cut boards, find/mark studs on wall, water down paint, stain wood, hang boards. 

Resources Needed: 17 (1x6) pine boards, stud finder, level, straight edge, saw, 1 quart of Benjamin Moore's "Hearth Stone", rag, paint cup, water, stir stick, finishing nails, hammer

I showed part of action step 2 on this post here

And now I get to show it going up on the wall! Yay!

If you remember from the previous post, my hubs found and marked all of the studs. He did this to make sure the wood was secure by nailing directly into the studs. He also found and marked the center of the wall (horizontally) because that was where he started hanging the boards (so that he could make sure they were evenly spaced from top to bottom).

Once he got the first one up, the others actually went up pretty quickly...especially with an eager little helper. :) 

Because he didn't want the wood to split, he pre-drilled holes into the boards first. (See how he's drilling in line with the lines he drew?
That's where the studs were.)

Then he hammered in 2 inch finishing nails. Notice the boards aren't perfectly straight. To me that is part of the charm.  We put one coat of paint on the wall before putting up the boards: incase a little was to show through, as you can see (up close) it does a little here and there.

And here the wall is completed! 

(As you can see we didn't get finished until it was dark.)

So I took another couple pics the next morning. What a difference
natural light makes.

As you can see, I removed the other bedding. It always helps (if you can) to start with a clean slate to really help you get ideas for what else is needed. As you can see, the bed is in definite need of some help. It's looking pretty puny.

Stay tuned for the rest of our goals and action steps 
as we create this cozy guest retreat!

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  1. Beautiful!! This is such a great idea for a focus wall & it looks fantastic too. I love the staining technique you used:)

    1. Thanks Candice! I'm pretty happy with it and it really wasn't very difficult to do. Love projects like that! :)

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  5. Well done! I can't wait to be back in our "forever home" (we're an Army family) next summer and get started on all the things I've pinned...I've been wanting a pallet wall, and now I know just how to go about it! Thanks! Found you at Tatertots and Jello, BTW...TFS!
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    1. Thanks Megan! Yay, so glad I could help! I know what you mean about waiting. We moved into the house we are in now about a year ago and I finally feel like I can put the time and effort into making it our "home".

  6. Looking awesome!! Love the stain choice - and yes it looks much better with natural light! Can't wait to see how everything comes together. Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible!
    jenn :)

    1. Thanks Jen! I'm hoping to get it all pulled together by next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me! :) Have a great week!

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