In my last post, I showed you the reveal of my oldest son’s bedroom. Today, I’ll give you a quick tutorial on how I put up the planked wall treatment. I had originally planned on using pallets after finding the pallet wall treatment that East Coast Creative’s blog had used. The whitewash treatment
was what really caught my eye.
Knowing my level of patience and my aversion to the hundred degree weather, I knew that I didn’t want to be spending days outside breaking the pallets down and pulling out nails. Then, while perusing Pinterest, I found Creative Little Daisy’s tutorial on how to do a palletless pallet wall.
It was an “ah-ha” moment! I used both tutorials and combined the whitewash paint awesome-ness with the palletless pallet wall treatment. For the boards, I used EverTrue 8′ Pine V-Groove Plank Paneling from Lowes. The planks have grooves that help them fit together. Just make sure you level your first row. I didn’t bother with sanding and went straight to staining them with Minwax special walnut.
After it dried, I mixed left over sample paints with water and applied the watered down paint to the boards. The colors I used were a gray, a gray-blue and a white. For the navy boards, I used craft paint. You can experiment with the consistency of water and paint till you get the look you like. Some of the boards, I did two coats. There is no real science behind the whitewashing because, after all, it is supposed to look like random salvaged barn board.
The boards are thin enough to cut with a hand saw, but I used my chop saw. For the main wall, I went totally random with my lengths. For the side walls, I made them the exact depth of the closet so I wouldn’t waste any of the wood. They are simply nailed into the studs, no construction adhesive. Believe me, they are not going anywhere! After a day or two, I finished it off with a coat of polyurethane.
Here’s the before…
By the way, I was trying to decide on lighting in the before picture.
And the after…
This was so easy that I’m thinking of doing a wall in our family room, but all white!
If you have any questions, please ask!
And come back next week when I show you how to make this vintage industrial style hanging pendant. Update: tutorial on the light is here!