This wall is my favorite spot in the house right now! It’s just the perfect mix of Black and White, Rustic and Glam. Swoon.
I had all of this plywood underlayment leftover from our board and batten in the dining room. I originally just had it cut into 3 inch strips. The black and white paint was leftover from the walls in the dining room. I purchased finishing nails (and hammered everyone by hand!!), nail heads and trim. It only cost about $20 but a big impact in the space. Even if you had to buy a sheet of underlayment this project would still be under $40! Yeah. I’m in love. Even my man likes it! Win!
Planking is pretty easy. I cut the lengths I needed all by hand with a miter box and saw because the window isn’t centered so I had to make a lot of adjustments while cutting. Plus, I have not yet invested in a miter saw, but it’s on my (ever growing) wish list! I’ve got lots o’ muscles now 😉 I leveled the first board down by our chunky baseboards and then just kept nailing them in. I spaced them out with nickels so they’d be relatively evenly spaced. Don’t fret too much, it’s not supposed to look perfect.
I then added trim and primed and painted it all out. When painted I made sure to not get too much paint in the cracks/spaces. I made a little template out of a piece of paper to mark all of the spots I wanted my brassy nail heads to be. This made it easy to get the nail heads in the same spot on each board. I took a finishing nail and made a little indention through my template to mark the spot. Then I proceeded to ruin 5 nail heads in a row by bending them as I nailed them into place… Womp, womp….
TIP: I finally figured out if I just drove the finishing nail in a ways first, pull it out then put the nail head in and gently tapped it in the rest of the way it was much better. Sort of like predrilling for a screw. Does that make sense? It went much more smoothly after I figured this out. I know, I’m a genius 😉
I originally wanted to do two nailheads on every space but it was looking a little too much so I changed to every other space instead. I’m very pleased with the outcome. A little Rustic Glam, right?
You can see the other DIY Projects for the hallway here:
Check back later in the week and I’ll have a little How To for the Blanket Ladder. It’s so cheap and easy you won’t believe it!
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