Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY Planked Wall - Bedroom Makeover

Which part of your house has never been finished?  Is it your kitchen, living room, bedroom?  For us, one of the saddest areas of our home was our master bedroom.  This coming fall, we will have lived in our home for 8 years.  We have never really finished our master bedroom.  We have worked tirelessly on other areas of the house (Distressed Window SeatsKitchen UpdateLiving Room ShelvesLiving Room Credenza, School Organization CenterKitchen Coffee BarKitchen Burlap Curtain) but never made it to our own room.  Why?  My main guess is that no one else sees it so it doesn't top the priority list.  However, it had gotten so bad that I didn't even want to go in there.  We haven't quite finished the room but I do want to show you the main feature.  We call it, "The Wall".  This project took on a life of its own.  We love it so much, it makes the room feel completely different.

So, it doesn't get much more blah than this - awful!  Doesn't is just scream relaxing and romantic?!  The walls were beige, the carpet is beige, and our bedding was brown and taupe.

It was my husband's idea to plank the main focus wall (using interlocking pine planks).  He is very handy and I knew even though there were moments that it looked really bad, he would finish it in a spectacular way.  Also, notice the awful blue color on the walls...ummm, that was just one of those bad decisions.  We later covered it with a beautiful light grey.  Sorry I don't have any pictures adhering the planks to the wall.  It was definitely a two person job and required all hands on deck.

This was the scary moment.  We stained the planks a dark grey color.  I believe it was suppose to look like a weathered fence.  At this point, my stomach began to hurt and I started pacing the house.  

We hated the stained look.  So we decided just to paint it white.  Worst case scenario we would have a solid white planked wall.  I have seen that several times in high end magazines and on Pinterest.

Ok, stay with me.  :)  We decided we didn't like the solid white look so we began to distress it.  We did everything we could to that wall to get the distressed look.  We hit it with hammers, scrapped it, and (as shown above) torched it!  Yep, that's right - we torched it!!!  We even let the kids bang on it.  At first they looked at us like we were crazy.  That only lasted a few seconds, then they jumped right in!   

This is a really late night picture of my husband working on the wall.  Notice the three lumps sound asleep in our bed.  Do your home projects go late into the night?  Our  projects take over the house.  The kids fall asleep wherever, we eat fast food, listen to our favorite 80's and 90's music, and I think the kids get bathed... maybe.  :)

More torching.  I like this picture because you can see the blue from the torch.

And finally, the finished product.  Let me introduce you to, "The Wall"!!!!  We changed the bedding with a dark grey quilt and dark aqua pillows that I found at Target.  Don't forget to scroll back to the top to remind yourself how bad the room looked before. :)

Some day we will replace the carpet but it just isn't in the budget right now.

I would love to find something that adds a pop of color to the shelf.  I am still searching for that perfect item.

My husband built this shelf out of a 2X6 piece of wood.  He carved, burned, and stained it to make it look like an old piece of wood.  He also made the steel shelf holders.

Ok, so I know this is upside down for the camera.  He carved our initials and "I "heart" U" on the underside of the shelve.  Now when I lay in bed I can look up and see our initials, it was such a sweet touch.  

We found the lamps at Home Depot.  I love the texture and it added more of a masculine touch.

I wanted to show the framing around the wall.  The entire wall is framed in to give it a finished look and to hide any uneven edges from the planking.

We displayed black and white photos form our wedding.  I wanted the room to be centered around our marriage - not our kids and their toys! :)

Here is an up close look at the carving, burning, and splitting of the wood.  Remember this started as a plain 2X6 piece of wood.

Let's end with a reminder of the finished product.  I L.O.V.E it!!!!  

***Update 10/9/14 - Thank you Liz Marie for an awesome Link Party.  Please take the time to hop over to her site and view the other awesome ideas!


  1. WOW...love it! We're going to be doing this in our kitchen soon. Your wall turned out beautiful! Hopped over from Inspire Me Please. Thanks for sharing! :)

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