There are times when I know I drive my family crazy with moving furniture around the house. I should probably get a job. Ha! Seriously, I think I may have a disease. Is there a re-arranging the furniture sickness? Ohhhhh, I love to paint walls too or rather watch my hubs paint and offer moral support. I bring him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches packed with extra peanut butter to make sure he doesn’t get tired.
Really though, sometimes just a little tweak will keep me satisfied. Change places with a picture, a lamp, some fresh flowers or add wood to a wall. That is what this post is about today. We bought a new house… …almost two years ago and while you get to pick colors, flooring, tile and all there are just some things that you can save money on by changing/adding it yourself. One of the first things we did was change lights over the kitchen island and the table. Also some painting, of course.
I am getting off track here… I have been trying to add our own personal touch to our home so it doesn’t look like all the others in the neighborhood. I love the warm wood tones and wanted to get more incorporated in the house. I stumbled upon Stikwood and fell in love! Seriously.
The hardest part of this project was deciding which color wood I wanted to go with. We ended up choosing Sierra Silver. When it came I was so excited and wanted it up right away. I patiently waited for two weeks (and moved the boxes to the fireplace so hubs saw them each night when he got home) then he was ready!
We started out by laying out a pattern on the floor…after doing one wall we decided it really wasn’t necessary and just went for it. It was fun watching it come to life. I fell in love more and more as each board went up.
We did have a few tricky areas because the tapered wall above the fireplace is at an angle. On the website it shows that you can just cut it with a simple saw, but hubs needed a reason to use his miter saw. It worked great, but you don’t need one. There were some pieces he just scored with a knife and snapped.
This wood is amazing! I have no idea how they do it, but hubs wants to go find and tour their plant.
The surface you show is incredibly like original rough barn wood. Every piece is unique. We had one piece literally come with the head of a nail still on it. One came with a knot that was slightly loose, which just added to the very realistic feel.
On the back side, the wood is smooth and clean with double stick tape in three rows all along the length. Each piece is a consistent thickness, it is 5″ wide and comes in random lengths. The smallest piece was about 8 inches long and the longest was 4 foot, the length of the boxes they ship in.
What does all this mean??? It means that it is incredible easy to put up, look fabulous and impossible to get wrong.
Once you lay it out (really just think a few pieces ahead) you only have to make sure the length is right, peel and stick. Only caution, remember those three rows of tape I told you about? Those suckers are REALLY sticky! Make sure that you have the piece where you want it before pressing it on. Press it down and go over it with a rubber roller (Home Depot laminate roller says hubs) and viola you are done. OK, hubs could not find his laminate roller… he used one of my PASTRY rollers!
Yup, he broke it by the time he was done.
The whole project took about 6 hours, but that was because we had so many angles to cut and that includes taking a few coffee breaks.
This project cost about $700 which may seem a bit pricey, but considering what you would have to go through with putting up a wall with reclaimed wood it is worth every dollar! (Our builder was going to charge between $2k to $5k depending on the material used to do this for us.) Given the great focal point provided, I would do it again in a heartbeat and am secretly planning to do the ceiling in our entryway.
That’s another day. 😉 Let me know what you think and if I can answer any questions for you.
Their website is: http://www.stikwood.com
Disclaimer: Nope! I was not compensated for this just wanted to share with you.