Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DIY Plank Wall

Ever since I got pregnant the first time I have always said that if we had a boy I envisioned a plank wall behind the crib....the husband never questioned it once and took on this project with gusto when we found out we were having a boy this time.....here are the quick easy steps....hoping to finish up the nursery and will have to update this post with finalized pics:)

First, we collected pallets....we found ours from different new housing and construction areas...none of our local stores (Home depot, Ikea, or Costco) will give away pallets anymore they recycle them now. We had a sweet friend collect a ton for us in her under construction new neighborhood....we preferred newer pallets for bug/sanitary reasons....

Our full collection 

Then my sweet husband used this tool (a Sawzall) to remove the boards from the pallet....it was way easier than trying to pry nails off....



He is a genius and spray painted an area on our grass to match the wall size to make sure he had enough wood of varying sizes...

Then he power washed them with bleach water to make sure they were very clean (if you are using very old wood or barn wood I would recommend treating it for termites-just a suggestion)


Then the staining process began...he stained all of the pieces with a walnut stain (I wasn't able to help much since I am 7.5 months pregnant at this point) but he did amazing and didn't complain once


His little helper

Then he hung them...he used a nail gun to nail them directly to the wall...we chose not to paint the wall behind the wood but if seeing white behind your wood will bother you I would recommend painting it a dark color...I like the distressed, unfinished, imperfect look so we kept ours white...

Not sure what this mask is but he had to wear it to finish the wall haha!

Pretty excited about how it turned out...I will share final nursery pics when it is complete....the rocking chair should arrive today then just need a few last minute finishes....




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