You may or may not be glad to hear that I am taking a break from posting my wall sign projects to share a mini-makeover I did of my laundry room! Don’t worry, there are still a couple more wall sign projects coming your way, but those are part of the mini-makeover I did of my dreary laundry room and I’ll be sharing all the details that comprised that project in this and upcoming posts, so keep your eyes peeled! The first step of my laundry room mini-makeover was to put up a DIY Weathered Wood Plank Wall behind my washer and dryer. The walls of my laundry room were a flat off-white paint color that was just plain boring and dull. Since we live out in the semi-country, I wanted a more rustic, farmhouse-style look to my laundry room. Seeing as how I spend a lot of time in there on weekends (darn never-ending laundry…), I wanted a room that would bring a smile to my face every time I walked in. I definitely won’t be smiling about the laundry part of it but I will at least now enjoy the look of the room when walking into it. Gotta find the happy moments when you can when dealing with laundry, am I right?!
Here is the before pic of the area behind my washer and dryer:
And here is my new wall:
I only did a mini-makeover at this point because the room still has linoleum flooring, and the old sink and formica counters, in addition to old oak brown molding and doors. But those will all be replaced at a future time when we have the time and funds to do the big jobs. 🙂
DIY Weathered Wood Plank Wall Materials & Supplies
|Nantucket Gray Poplar Weathered Wall Boards (available at Home Depot, click link below)||Electronic Wall Scanner/ Stud Finder||48-Inch Level|
|Ryobi Airstrike Brad Nailer||Compound Miter Saw||Grey wall paint|
|(I used Behr paint from Home Depot)|
|18 Gauge, 2-Inch Brad Nails|
DIY Weathered Wood Plank Wall Installation Instructions:
1. Measure the wall area where the planks are to be attached to determine the square footage and the number of boxes you need to purchase (each box is 10.5 square feet).
- (Measure the length and the height of the wall and multiply the two together. The wall behind my washer and dryer was 6 feet wide and 8 feet tall so the total square footage was 48 square feet (6′ x 8′ =48 sq ft)
- Determine the number of boxes needed. Each box is 10.5 square feet. I purchased 5 boxes (total of 52.5 square feet, but its good to have a little extra)
2. Remove all outlet covers and light switch covers from the wall, and if placing the wall planks behind the washer and dryer, detach the hoses from the wall to the appliances and detach the dryer vent. In addition, remove the baseboard (you will likely need a small crow bar and pliers to remove any nails that remain in the walls).
3. It is recommended that you paint the wall a similar color to the boards you are putting up (in this case I would use a light to medium grey). I painted all the walls around the wood plank wall but did not paint the plank wall, but afterwards wished I had as these boards truly mimic weathered boards in that some are not completely straight and have some jagged edges at times, and to make sure the boards remain level, there are some gaps between the boards which allows small sections of the wall to show, and this will be MUCH less noticeable if the wall color matches the board color.
4. Use a stud finder and a pencil to mark the location of the studs in the wall (mark the studs at the top middle and bottom of the wall in case the studs are not completely straight.
5. Once the studs are marked in several places, use a straight edge and a pencil to draw a line down the wall to mark the length of the stud.
6. Start the first row of boards in the lower left side of the wall, or the lower right. I chose to start in the lower left. Use a level to ensure the first board is straight on the wall and use the brad nail gun with 2″ brad nails to attach the boards to the wall (the nails should be placed over the markings for the studs in the wall).
7. After the first board is up, if another board will not completely fit before the wall ends, mark the length of the board to fit between the end of the first board and the wall, and cut the board using the miter saw (or a circular saw). If there are any dryer vents or outlets, mark the location of the item in the correct position on the board and use a jig saw to cut the shape of the item that needs to be exposed.
8. Once the board is cut to length, use the brad nail gun to attach it to the studs in the wall making sure it is lined up and even with the first board. (The area around the dryer vent opening was traced onto the board with a pencil and cut with a jig saw).
8. Use the remaining cut end of the last board to start the second row of wall planks, again attaching through the boards into the studs in the wall.
9. Continue attaching a cut boards and moving up the wall, making sure to use the level with each board to ensure the boards are straight on the wall. Continue to cut out spaces for outlets and light switches using the jigsaw and band saw.
10. For the top row, you’ll likely need to trim the boards so they are narrower. I used the table saw for this step, but a circular saw would also do the job.
11. Once all the boards are up, you can replace all the outlet and light switch covers and add baseboard (we haven’t done this step yet as we plan to replace all the baseboards in our house with shaker style baseboard, but we are waiting until we can replace the flooring to do that). You can also reattach the washer and dryer hookups at this point.
Here is another pic of the before and after:
I have since added a floating wood shelf above the washer and dryer and added some DIY wall decor. So make sure to come back and check out those projects too!
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