After my pallet wall palooza, I was overwhelmed with ideas for our wall… colors… designs… layouts. And after all of that, we decided to go with a look we thought would be timeless. We went with horizontal slats laid out in a brick-style pattern. Simple and sleek. Since our color palette was a little busy, we didn’t want a crazy design competing with it.
I knew from research, that it was important to make sure your first row of slats were STRAIGHT! Even if your ceiling is not straight, and often times it’s not, use a level and make sure to lay out your first row straight and fill in any bits at the top and bottom later if need be. Lucky for us, our ceiling was level.
After our first ceremonial slat went up.. it was smooth sailing for a bit. I tell you what, I cannot imagine doing this without my Ryobi nailer. Whew… I might have a little bicep bump this morning if I had to sling a hammer that many times! But I’ll sacrifice the bump for a power tool and a hearty Tim-the-Tool-Man grunt… huhgh huhgh huhgh!
We trucked right along and got about a quarter of the wall done and then we ran into our first hurdle… the light fixture! I knew that we would need to custom cut a few slats to work around the light fixture and some of the plumbing. We pulled the light fixture away from the wall and marked our slat where we would need to drill a hole. This would allow us to simply slide the slat right over the fixture and reattach.
Isn’t she pretty? That’s my new drill… can I get another huhgh huhgh huhgh!?! Oooooor maybe that was too soon. It looks like our hole was a little off, so we had to extend it a bit. No worries, the light fixture plate will cover up that little oopsie!
Then it was on with more nailin’…. whistle while we work… wooooo-oooooo-oooo-ooo (oh. nevermind.) I really need sound effects on this blog!
When it came to cutting the slats to fit around the sink and plumbing fixtures, it was a bit of a guessing game. There was no real science to it. We used pieces of paper and scrap wood and just played with it until we got it
right close enough! After all, this wall is of the rugged sort!
As we worked our way down the wall, we learned that it would be waaaay easier to remove the toilet bowl than to try to fight and sneak behind it.
Once the tank was out of the way, it was no time and we were measuring for our final row of slats. This is almost inevitable no matter how perfectly straight your slats are. You won’t have room to put and entire row in its original width. So you will have to cut them down to fit.
The final slat was just as celebratory as the first!!
Here’s a quick before and after… but we’re not finished yet! I have a great idea for the mirror above the sink and some other wall décor.
I just can’t get over how great it looks! This is when I wish I was a better photographer! But I think you have to feel the wood, and see it in person to truly appreciate its beauty!!
The BIG bathroom reveal is coming soon!!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post; however, I received free products from Ryobi and Purebond for review. As always, all opinions are truthfully mine and I genuinely LOVE both of these companies and their products!