Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day 29: Feature for a Large Wall

Hi everyone! Day 29 of 31 Days to Transform the Heart of Your Home!!! And I'm so excited to share today's post. Not only because I'm going to reveal the kitchen tomorrow but because today's post has made quite an impact in our space.

Today's post is all about creating a:

As you walk into our family room, you are faced with a very tall (we're talking 16+ feet) wall. I have had the hardest time trying to figure out what to do with it. Just because hanging any sort of art is pointless as the wall just seems to swallow it. Because it is that large. It currently holds the cable jack and surround sound hook ups for our Tv so that is where all of that went. See the wall before to get an idea of what I'm talking about.


As I mentioned before, my parents came to visit recently and I had an idea for my dad to help with. Luckily my hubs is a pro with Autocad and was able to sketch out the idea and figure out all the material and dimensions on his computer. 


And we then headed to the hardware store and picked up lots of MDF that we were able to have cut down a bit to get it home. Although I don't have a picture of the next step, we painted each of the strips white.



They then started going up on the wall as per the Autocad sketch.


I knew my dad would know the best way to construct this--and he did. He used a biscuit cutter to cut into each strip and inserted biscuits where the boards would meet.

The biggest challenge was obviously the height of the wall. We almost decided on some scaffolding but my dad ended up making due with an extension ladder. (I think if he were to do it again, he would probably go with the scaffolding.)


We left some of the hook ups and outlets but decided to cover a couple as well. Using metal cover plates from the hardware store, he then plastered over it. We eventually sprayed texture over it and painted it the same color as the wall and it looks like it was never there.


Here you can get an idea of what it is looking like. The next step was then to add quarter round molding around each board to give it a more finished look.


And then of course some caulking and touch up paint.


And here is the wall completed. It is hard to get the greatest angle with my camera but you get the idea. What a difference it has made and I am loving the texture it brings to the space.


For now we will keep our television along this wall but we have plans to eventually change that as well. I'll keep you posted on that. 


For now, I am so excited with how it turned out and so grateful 
I have such handy men in my life!! 

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