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.
And we have made progress!
Let’s recap really quick:Â 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,Â 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.
Is a teepee in an entryway a bizarre location? Maybe. But the Kardashians did it, which is how I justifyÂ most of my decisions, soÂ it made total sense to me. See, here’s proof:
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.
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 anchorsÂ needed to create the popularÂ 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.
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,Â 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 samplesÂ so I could see the ranges of choices.
Of the several they sent me, I had my eye on three options in particular.
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.
I browsed photos online of spaces using each of the options above to help me make my selection.
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.
This is the classic Stikwood optionâ€”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.
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.Â If you can’t tell by now, my final decision was Sierra Gold! I love that color of wood (and keeping buy it inÂ shoes, jackets, skirts… everything lately) soÂ 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!
More coming soon. That whole wall is done now! Just the sides to go.