Reclaimed Wood Wall in the Entryway

By May 6, 2016Room Makeovers

One time long ago, in a land far far away, I started our entryway project. Will this project ever be done? I’m not sure. At this rate, I might wrap it up sometime in the Fall. Of 2020. Sigh. Bare (bear?) with me.

Here’s where we started. This picture was taken during one of our first walk throughs.

Wallace House

And we have made progress!

Tricorn Black Door

Let’s recap really quick: The project began last year when I updated the space with new sputnik lighting. And then a few months ago, the walls received a color-blocking treatment with white paint, some cool Covington art from Elm & Iron, and a bold, black door. Just recently, I added an eyeball teepee in one corner for the twins’ first birthday.

Miffy First Birthday Party

Is a teepee in an entryway a bizarre location? Maybe. But the Kardashians did it, which is how I justify most of my decisions, so it made total sense to me. See, here’s proof:

Source: Gawker.com

Despite all of those changes, the entryway was not feeling unique or interesting to me at all. It needed something. The statement of the black door helped, but something big and dramatic needed to happen. And I think I found a way to solve it.

We have this weird bumpout in the entryway (to hide our HVAC ductwork, see below, where the Covington poster resides) that also needed some attention. My first instinct was to ignore/hide it, but as I lived with it for awhile, I realized calling attention to it, not hiding it, might be a really fun way to bring some interest to the room. The idea is to fake it being an architectural element of the house, even though it’s just drywall framed over house guts. We can make it look like a support beam or an fireplace or just SOMETHING other than a drywalled bumpout.

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

I immediately turned to Stikwood. Have you heard of them? Stikwood is essentially peel and stick 100% wood, designed to make projects like these super simple. Each plank is about 3/18″ thin, which means no heavy machinery, heavy nails and big anchors needed to create the popular wood accent wall, island, ceiling, etc. They are not kidding when they say PEEL AND STICK. It’s made from reclaimed and sustainable wood sources.

Source: The Lipstick Giraffe

Source: Stikwood

I’ve had them pinned to my boards forever, so I sent them an email, as bloggers do, telling them my idea. While this isn’t an official partnership per se (meaning I’m not getting paid, and I didn’t get anything for free) I did get a discount from them to help with the cost. Stikwood is not cheap, but for me, the benefits of this product far outweigh the expense. I’ll share more on that throughout the process, too.

To get started on the Stikwood selection process, they sent me a box of wood samples so I could see the ranges of choices.

Stikwood

Of the several they sent me, I had my eye on three options in particular.

Stikwood Selects

Of my favorites, here’s the back of each sample plank. I like this shot too because you can see the industrial adhesive strips . By the way, these strips are STRONG. I’m pretty sure I could attach myself to a wall with one of these bad boys. They are rated for 10+ years.

Stikwood Selects 2

I browsed photos online of spaces using each of the options above to help me make my selection.

RECLAIMED SIERRA GOLD

Source: Christina’s Adventures

Love it on the ceiling in this picture! I chose this sample because I thought it would tie in nicely with the orange wood tones we’ve added throughout the home, like our roller shades and the new lighting above the island.

RECLAIMED WEATHERED WOOD

Source: Touch of Modern

This is the classic Stikwood option—I believe it’s their most popular. When you think of a rustic wood wall, this option is exactly what you think of. I mean, it’s gorgeous. I had some reservations, though, because my style isn’t exactly “rustic farmhouse”, so this was a mismatch for me.

RECLAIMED SIERRA SILVER

This one was tricky. It had the orange tones of Sierra Gold, but had some weathered gray and white bits mixed in. And oooh, so pretty. If you can’t tell by now, my final decision was Sierra Gold! I love that color of wood (and keeping buy it in shoes, jackets, skirts… everything lately) so it was a relatively easy choice.

And so now comes the installation. This is a big job because I’ve chose this bumpout instead of a flat wall. Lots of measuring and cutting. My saving grace with Stikwood is that power tools are optional. I can do small cuts by scoring with a utility knife, which in the dead of night when the babies are sleeping, sound-free work is absolutely mandatory. Priceless!

I shared this photo on Instagram (@gohausgo) last week. This is about how much I can do on a week night… ha!

Stikwood Wall

More coming soon. That whole wall is done now! Just the sides to go.

xo,

emily

 

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