I should say easy and CHEAP! I got to start on the nursery this week....which used to be my hubby's office. I love the look of the paneling in this room over at Serena and Lily so I drew up my plans and went to Home Depot!
Whitney, being the wonderful sister she is, volunteered to come help me in this project! I chose to do one accent wall, after much convincing from Whitney, and I'm so glad I did! This wall measures 175.5". Here is my purchase list:
6 Whitewood 1x4's @ 8ft.
2 Whitewood 1x6's @ 8ft.
1 box 1 1/4 finishing nails
1 Nail Finishing Kit
1 tube of Liquid Nails for Paneling
1 tube of white all-purpose caulk
1 gallon of paint - I had Home Depot match to a sample of my trim color
I chose to use Whitewood boards because they are smooth and do not have imperfections. They are more expensive but much easier to work with!
I started by marking off where I wanted the 1x4's. I chose 20" apart because I like the look of having them spaced out and it worked well with the window and sockets.
We used a Ryobi Miter to cut the 1x4's to 4ft. (making the boards under the window shorter). You can use any saw for this because they are straight cuts.
We put a generous line of Liquid Nails on each board and placed them on the wall. Our step dad, Tim a.k.a. Bapa, is a builder and he suggests pulling the board away from the wall and back on for a good set with the Liquid Nails. So, we did:) We followed up with 3 to 4 finishing nails in each board. Looking good!
I used this nifty tool to hammer the nails all the way into the wood so you won't see them. Very easy and you can get 3 for $1.99.
We attached the 1x6's to the top using the same technique and then turned a 1x4 flat on the top to form a shelf. We made sure to sink wood screws down it through the 1x6 for good support.
I followed up by caulking EVERY corner, edge and hole left from the finishing nails.
Finally I taped off the walls to prep for the painting! We used a paint roller for the walls and a paint brush for the wood, edges and corners.
Here's the before...
and the after!
I am so happy with the way this turned out and with Whitney's help it only took about 3 -4 hours! I spent about $30 on the wood and about $30 on the paint! Small price for the custom look it gives the room! I still have a ton left to do in the room but this is a huge start!!!
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