Hello my Grapeful Fam! It feels so good to be back and posting something! 🙂
It’s been a bit… And some things have been kind of whacky in the world, but I am here to bring you a blog post and a how to on the accent wall we completed in our master bedroom. This is not sponsored, we bought everything from Plank & Mill on our own. I wanted to make this blog post to show you how cool this stuff is and how quickly you can upgrade any room.
It did take my husband about a month to complete it. He did all the “heavy lifting.” Between our normal full time jobs, the pattern we chose and getting back home to Buffalo we were busy! Kurt did his research on Plank and Mill and we decided to go with their reclaimed wood paneling. If we hadn’t had anything else to do it definitely only would have taken us a week to do this.
We ordered 140 sq ft because our wall is 16 ft wide and 8 ft tall. They suggest buying 10% extra for any room if you are doing a herringbone pattern. Which is the pattern we chose. We also did not subtract the area of the windows which provided us with some extra waste. Once our order arrived we had to open everything up and put it in the room it was going to be in for 48 hours so the wood could acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room for the best outcome and longterm ware of the wood. Before we started installation there were a few recommendations. The first was one that we found during our research or planning that recommended painting the wall a dark color to help hide if there were any gaps caused by the rustic or weathered nature of the boards — fortunately for us our wall was already a dark grey. We found that Plank & Mill addresses this issue by putting a black paper on the back sides of their boards where there are holes. The next recommendation that Plank & Mill makes is to ensure that the wall is cleaned with warm water prior to starting.
After 48 hours it was time to get to work!
Kurt measured and marked the center of the wall. After that we marked the center of the board ends on 2 boards. Then we lined the 2 boards up on the wall matching the center of the boards to the center of the wall. We used a speed square to ensure that these first boards met at 90 degrees. Next we continued to add boards on the first line of the pattern to the edges of the wall. Please note that Kurt was using a compound miter saw to cut the boards to size and the angles. In using a herringbone pattern the majority of your cuts should be 45 degree angles depending on the length of the boards you have. With Plank & Mill, the boxes of boards come in lengths of 1 ft, 2ft, 3ft and 4 ft.
After we completed the first we began installing the pattern row by row moving up the wall. We filled in the lower portions and corners with the cut ends which reduced some of our waste.
Thanks so much for stopping by and giving this a read! Cheers! 🙂