I’ve been hard at work on the Stikwood feature in our entryway. While the actual installation of Stikwood is easy, the location I’ve chosen for the wood has been well, involved! Lots of measuring and cutting. It reminds me of the wall ‘o tile in our old kitchen. Also, someone should invent some sort of sound barrier cloth so that the work can continue while the babies sleep. I’ve essentially been getting this done at night, soÂ the saw is set up in the basement to protect the babies from the noise (and to keep them sleeping!). Let’s just say my thighs have become intensely muscle-y from all of the up and down.
Alright, from start to finish, here’s how I’ve been installing my Stikwood wall. Let’s start allll the way at the beginning with how it arrives. I chose Sierra Gold, which is a really pretty mix of caramel and deep brown-colored wood. It arrived in a long skinny box. Inside are 1′ to 4′ lengths.
Because the folks at Stikwood expect the installation of each plank to be the classic staggered pattern, they’ve pre-cut the lengths of each plank accordingly. My one piece of feedback to Stikwood would be to include an option for uniform length planks, just in case there’s people out there (me!) who are considering more of a ship-lap look too. We do live in the world of Chip and Joanna Gaines after all. 🙂 It was no big deal in the end, and I’m loving my staggered look.
With the wood de-packaged, I gatheredÂ my tools. It is possible to use install Stikwood without power tools, and while it’s a bit more tedious, it does a similar job to the miter saw. The garden gloves are for splinter protection. 🙂
Now, I was petrified of having too much wall leftover and not enough planks.Â I cut it close when I ordered. The surface to cover was 68 square feet and I ordered 80 square feet. It allows for an overage, but not much. To protect myself from too much waste/too many cuts, I tried to find two planks that together, could meet the width of the wall perfectly.
First, I measured the length of the wall.
Using that measurement (38.5″), I cut a piece of painter’s tape to length and stuck itÂ to the floor. This was essentially my guide as I searched through the pieces to find two that equaled (or almost equaled) the 38.5″ length.Â At first I thought this might be a fool’s errand, but I was able to install 3-4 rows of wood before needing to make any cuts. Awesome.
Just like with tiling a wall, it’s incredibly important to begin level. For this space, I knew it was likely that our floor trim was NOT level, which means the plank installation would not be as easy as simply setting the plank flush against the trim. See below. The Stikwood plank is level, while the floor trim is not. You can see the gap to the right. We’ll deal with that later.
And just like that, we are ready to install. The back of each plank is outfitted with three very strong adhesive strips.
The adhesive strips are super thin, as you can see, which I loved. I didn’t want to add any more depth than needed. The planks themselves, with the strips, are 1/8″.
After peeling the backing off of each strip, the plank was ready to install. Also, a word to the wise, these adhesive strips are STRONG. I’ve mentioned it before, but this is the most powerful adhesive I have ever encountered. Even more so than the nail glue we’d use in middle school to stick our fingers together. Ha! So, once these super-sticky strips touch the wall, they’re on. There’s a tiny bit of room for wiggling and re-adjusting, but for the most part, they stick and they stay, so make sure your placement is good the first time!
Once a row of planks have been installed, I used the the included Stikwood J-Roller to further reinforce the adhesive to the wall. This is one of those tools that was always at my side. It was a huge help in ensuring each plank got their rightful level of stick.
For the outside corners, because I didn’t have the benefit of a trim piece, I had to make sure that part looked good, too.
And of course, checking for level at nearly every step of the way. I really do think I get a rush of endorphins when I see that bubble rest perfectly between the lines. So, so satisfying.
My initial plank-conservation approach of finding two pieces that equal 38.5″ without cuts was worth itâ€”check out how few scraps I had leftover after the first box.Â Niiiiice.Â
I was surprised to see how far the first box went. Essentially the entire front side and half of the second. It’s about 40 square feet total.
After lots of peeling, sticking and rolling, I knocked out two full sides (and a tiny head start on the third) in about 3 hours. I have a little bit of finishing work to do (like sanding down extra length from the corners), but other than that, it’s getting really close.
Now, the big question is, how in the world am I going to decorate this wall? Talk about pressure! Plants? Art? Weird decorative objects? The options are limitless, but tricky. More coming soon.