Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mold Me!

Ok, I know it's been some time now since I we finished the paneled wall in our living room that I mentioned here .  I have to acknowledge Decorchick! for inspiring me to tackle this one, it was definitely an adventure.  So here's all the juicy details....

 I bought 1, 4'×8' sheet of MDF a 1/2 inch thick at Home Depot for $20, and had them cut the sheets into 4 inch wide, 8ft long strips for me.



I should have listened to Decorchick! when she recommended painting your wall white or whatever color you would be painting it before you added the boards, but of course I didn't. 



My husband cut seven (7) of the twelve boards down to approximately 66" and lightly sanded the boards to smooth out the rough edges before he nailed them to the wall. 



My husband nailed each board 2 ft. apart starting from the middle of the wall....I know, I know we're not "exacto" on this one, we picked the middle of the wall due to our control units for the alarm and HVAC unit.








Then we figured out where we wanted the smaller pieces to fit to make the “boxes.”  We chose a smaller row up top and slightly larger on bottom, and big rectangles in the middle. My husband used our hand saw to cut all of the pieces of MDF to fit in between the vertical boards.




And when everything was all nailed up, all we had to do was caulk all of the seams and spackle the nail holes.  But my husband didn't listen to me and he covered them alright!!! With a huge amount of compound. I told him to use paintable caulk, which would have done the job without all of the sanding.


After all of the unnecessary sanding was finished it was time to paint! [and if you have already read "Wooda", Shoulda, Coulda you would know that because of my husbands excessive use of compound I had to paint twice...yes DOUBLE work for me!]  I painted about 4 coats of Clark + Kensington Paint - Ultra White [that was FREE from Pleasants Hardware].  I used a brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies and a foam roller for the walls and boards.



And yes the MDF does stick out from the baseboards and existing chair rail a bit because it's a 1/2 inch thick, but I surprisingly like the way it turned out and for $25 it's been one of the cheapest projects that has had the most impact on a room!




I love it! Hopefully I can convince the hubs to do this one more time in the master bedroom.


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18 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! It's so much fun to see how a simple thing can make such a dramatic difference!

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  2. Thanks Cynthia! It's great to see such a dramatic difference and for only $25, you can't beat it!

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  3. That looks great! I like the blog too! I want to do something on the main wall behind my bed in the master bedroom. I have few ideas just can't decide on one. I just bought an upholstered bed and I don't want to take away from that or make it look like to much is going on. I wonder how this would look in color?

    Cassy

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  4. I thought about doing ours in color or paint inside the boxes and leave the MDF boards white. Either way I think it would look awesome! I would love to see pictures of the finished product. Good luck with your DIY project!

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  5. That really looks awesome! I'm going to pin it and also share with the hubby :o) Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  6. Thanks so much! It was a easy process and makes a huge difference in our living room.

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  7. Looks great! I've been wanting to do this in our dining room!! I'm hoping to make it a summer project!! :) Love yours. Love the idea of having Home Depot cut the strips for me! :)

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    1. Thanks! Why not let Home Depot cut it for free...you get exact cuts, and it will also save you some time. Good luck with your project! I would love you for to share it with me once you finish. I want to start featuring projects that I inspired.

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  8. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured yesterday!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    1. Thanks for featuring my project Mandy! I will see you soon at next weeks Take-A-Look Tuesday!

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  9. Oh that is Amazing!! I love the new look! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  10. What a huge transformation! Love the finished look.

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    1. Thanks! This is one of my favorite projects so far.

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  11. It looks great! Pinned :-) {from the Pin Me party!}

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  12. That looks fabulous!!! What a huge difference!! Love it! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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