Like any other piece of décor, the planked wall should complement the theme of your house. If your interior does not lean much towards rustic, choosing neater and smoother designs is your best option. Moreover, the quality of the wood comes into play too. Medium density fiber boards and other fake wood planks absorb moisture quickly and swell, even when painted. Moreover, they have quite an uneven surface, which is difficult to even out. Working with cleaner finishes which are relatively straight is easier when you plank a wall.
- ¼” underlayment in 4X8’ sheets
- Table or circular saw
- Palm sander
- Painting supplies including a roller, paint brushes, good quality paint, primer, broom handle
- Stud finder
- Air compressor and finish nailer
- Miter saw
- Quarter round
- Painters putty
- Paintable caulk and caulk gun/tube
You can get the planks cut at the store so you would not need to cut it yourself with the table saw. Regardless, minor readjustments may be required for the last few pieces so you may need circular saws after all.
How To Plank A Wall
- Cutting The Plywood: You need to have planks of equal width for your wooden panel. This can be done at home according to the preferred with at home with a table saw or get it done at the store where you bought it.
- Choosing The Right Side: If you want to go rustic, either side of the plank will work for you. Thinner plywood generally is a bit uneven and often slightly bent. To get the look right, choose the side that makes the plank bow inwards towards the wall.
- Sanding The Edges: Using a palm sander to sand out the imperfections on the plank is crucial. If you buy the more expensive plywood, you can skip this step but if you choose to save money, you will get relatively uneven planks.
- Priming and Painting: Lay a cloth on a flat surface and place the planks with the better side up. Using a good quality paint plus primer can help to avoid priming. Paint on a minimum of two coats for even coverage. Using a broom handle inserted on a roller makes the job quicker and easier.
- Preparing For Wall Planking: Mark studs on the walls with a pencil and remove all electrical covers. Set the right pressure on the air compressor practice with a nail gun to not overshoot, especially when working with thinner plywood. Put two nails in each stud. Cut the planks with a miter saw according to the dimensions of the wall.
- The Right Way To Plank A Wall: Measure the wall outlets and cut holes in your plank with a jigsaw for that. Plank all the way to the floor or leave the space for existing baseboards. Finish it up with quarter rounds to hide the edges.
Now go ahead with the finishing touches according to the kind of neatness you like. We hope this guide on how to plank a wall will come in handy for you to copy the shiplap look on a budget.