Hello Friends!!! Have you ever seen those cool accent pallet walls? Well I have and I love them!!! However I don’t love ripping apart pallets and my husband refuses to take another apart for me ever again!!! WAH WAH:( Don’t fret folks. I came across this amazing product called CedarSafe natural closet liner planks. I know what you’re thinking, “closet liner”, and you should know me better than to use a product for its specific purpose! I am not putting this in my closet. I am using them for my beloved accent wall in my powder room.
This was my bathroom before. Mind you it is very small but small doesn’t have to be boring. REMEMBER THAT!!
I am also not laying these out straight across. Come on!!! I need my creative to flow so I decided to do a herringbone like pattern with the planks. Just wait for it.
CedarSafe shipped my Aromatic Cedar Planks to my house within a few days of ordering but you can also buy them directly at Home Depot, Lowe and Menards for about $65 a box which covers 35 sq feet.
Here are my lovely planks right out of the box. Look at these amazing things.
Alright lets get to work and stop staring at the wood. The first thing I did (I used my husband for all the pictures since I couldn’t do both at the same time for this project) was find the center of the wall and then take a square and a measuring stick to figure out how long I would need the first angled piece to be from the center back to one side of the wall.
After I got my measurement I went outside and set my saw to a 45 degree angle.
With my square I made my 45 degree angle marks on the wood where I want to cut.
Then cut away at both ends. The angle will be the same on the both ends the for left side of the wall and then reversed for the right side of the wall. (NOTE: we made template pieces, one for the left side and one for the right side to use throughout the whole process. We marked them Left and Right to keep from getting confused about our angles.)
Now lets check to see if they fit the wall.
We had a tiny bit correcting to do before they were perfect. You can see there is a slight gap in the middle at the top. My OCD self needs this fixed immediately.
Once we got the correct measurements and angles we could cut a few pieces at one time which made the project go really fast. (can I just say these planks smell amazing! Especially when cutting them I felt like I was in a forest not a suburban neighborhood)
Now to attach them to the wall. We first found our studs in the wall using a stud finder. (This handy little will change your DIY life!) It beeps and the light turns red when you go over a stud. We marked on the wall where the studs were because you want to nail you planks into the studs. WHY? so they stay on the wall. If you just nail into the drywall you could risk the nail slipping out over time.
Now to nail them up on the wall, we used a nail gun attached to a compressor. (my Christmas present a few years ago. One of the best Christmas resents I ever got!!!) You can of course use a hammer and nails but this was a game changer when it came to doing wood and fabric projects. It also has a pneumatic staple gun that came with it!! I can hardly contain my excitement.
We did two nails per plank per stud just for good measure. The nails were so tiny you can hardly see them.
Ok so now our first row is up and pretty much perfect. We are ready to move upward and onward.
It’s kind of hard to see in this picture but the planks are tongue and groove boards. This made it look seamless when were hanging them. No spaces in between the planks just push the one on top down into the row below or work from under and push up. We had to do both since we started in the middle of the wall.
This process went so fast. I think we did this wall in one hour. We used a box and a half and I think we could have gotten away with using less but there were a few trial and error pieces in the beginning.
The top of the wall and the bottom we had to cut the pieces shorter and shorter to fit which was very easy and it came out beautifully.
Now I have a 100% Natural Aromatic Eastern Redcedar planked wall in my no so boring itty bitty powder room. Totally unexpected. Completely gorgeous. Oh and did I mention this is the only cedar tree that has benefits like protection from moths, roaches, silverfish, and mildew. And, of course, aromatic cedar smells fantastic!
Expect the unexpected in my household. Now you can go to the bathroom in my high end looking custom planked Loo! Enjoy! I know I do:)
Also stay tuned next week to see what I did with the leftover planks 🙂
*Thank you to Cedar Safe for providing me the Cedar wall planks for this post and my now amazing bathroom. Of course my opinion is 100% mine!!!
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