Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When to Plank and When Not to Plank

In January, my husband and I got this great idea to jump on the bandwagon and do the 30 day plank challenge. 

To be totally honest, I didn't even know what a plank was, so I Googled it and thought, “I can totally do that.”

Day one - plank for 20 seconds.

So I got down on the floor and up on my elbows and the balls of my feet. Then held the position.

Day one almost killed me.

Call me a quitter. I’m OK with that. 

Then and there I decided to make a few Miner adjustments to the plank challenge.  I was jumping on a different bandwagon.

How to make a wood plank wall

This was right up my alley. 

Our dining room was nice, but there was nothing special about it, so we got right to work.

Shopping List

  • Plywood boards {how many will depend on the size of your wall}
  • Nail Gun {rent or borrow this}
  • A table saw
  • 2 nickels
  • Primer
  • Paint

Let’s do some planks

Rip the boards into strips. {Ours are 6 inches wide}.

Fit them at the top of the wall near the ceiling and nail in.

When going to the next row put the nickels in between the wood strips to space them equally apart.

Stagger the vertical seams just like the seams on a hard wood floor. 

Work your way down the wall and stop at the molding or build a bench, like we did, and stop there. 

Prime and paint.

No need to fill in the holes…we're going for rustic charm. 

I painted 3 coats of white to get it perfect. 

This project took a few days to create, but it was easy.

And the moral of the story is...

planks on the wall are a lot less painful than planks on the floor.

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  1. Turned out great! I love the character a planked was adds to a room. I love my planked was. Great tutorial! Pinning ;)

    1. Thank you, Michele! I would love to see your wall! I am a little obsessed now.

  2. Looks beautiful! Thanks for the how-to! Pinned!

    ~Abby =)

  3. Love that planked wall! It adds so much to the room!

    1. Thanks, Erica! That room is so much better now. And I actually keep it cleaner, instead of dumping the mail and walking away b.c I actually like going in there!

  4. It IS amazing! I've been wanting to do this to a wall in my kitchen. And I agree: I'd rather to these planks ; ) Pinning!

    1. Thanks, Jeanie! You should totally do this. And when you do, I want to see it! This project was way less painful than the plank exercises!

  5. Love it! I want to do several walls!

  6. Stunning Trina!!! Wow I LOVE this project xxx Nat


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