Guest Room: Wood Wall Plan
Last week, we revealed the big news…we’re working on one heck of a makeover! My guest room is getting a complete overhaul, and we’ve vowed to complete every DIY project by ourselves. Verdict is still out if that was a crazy declaration to make.
- Stage 1: Install Wood Wall
- Stage 2: Paint Room
- Stage 3: Build Fauxdenza
- Stage 4: Install new lighting
- Stage 5: Hang art, swap out furniture, accessorize (our favorite part!)
Stage 1 is happening THIS WEEKEND. We carved out our entire weekend to get the wood cut and up on the wall, and to say we’re a little freaked out would be an understatement. But we keep telling ourselves that we’re smart girls and we will figure it all out together. If we fail, that’s a-okay. The only thing we need to worry about is being careful with the power tools <– legit scariest part of any DIY project.
Okay, so back to the wood wall (which will go behind the bed). I want to go into detail about our exact plans for the wall. Here are some of my inspiration pictures.
Image via Bower Power Blog
Image via Life on Virginia Street
Image via Thrifty Decor Chick
I really think the wood will draw the eye up and make the room appear even taller. I also think it will be a subtle way to add some texture and interest to the small space.
With my inspiration pics in hand, I volunteered Finn to help me figure out the math for the wall. I knew I wanted larger boxes, and I wanted them to be long and rectangular…not too square. It was just a matter of figuring out how many rows and columns we could do based on our wall’s height & length.
Luckily he is a math whiz (hence the reason why he is the blog’s CFO), and had all of the measurements figured out in no time flat. And when he was done doing all of that math, he drew up this little diagram for me to share with you (what can I say, he’s a keeper!). The entire wall will be painted navy, but we just highlighted the wood to make the diagram easier to read.
Here are our measurements:
- Wall Length = 124.5 inches
- Wall Height = 107 inches
- Wood MDF (this is what we got from Lowe’s) = .656 inches x 3.5 inches x 12 ft
- Inside of each rectangular box = 31 inches x 26.5 inches
So if our calculations are correct, we’ll have to cut our wood to end up with….
- 2 – 124.5 inch pieces
- 5 – 100 inch pieces
- 8 – 26.5 inch pieces
We think our plan works because it will allow each vertical board to be nailed directly into studs. We’re planning to also use liquid nails, but it’s always a good idea to nail right into the studs for extra holding power.
With our plan in place, and all of our supplies & tools on-hand, we’re ready to get started! The next time you see this wall, it will no longer be bare! We can’t wait to walk you guys through the step-by-step process of cutting the wood and getting it secure on the wall. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot along the way, so we’ll be sure to document it all for you guys.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.