Not going to lie, Week 2 is looking a lot like Week 1. Minus a lot of shoddy shiplap. Can I get a hallelujah? The motivation has been low this week, and it’s been a bit of a struggle to get things done. We all have those moments…right? I’ve just been snuggling up, designing on my computer, Netflix on in the background with a bag of mini whopper eggs by my side. And I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even feel bad about it.
I think it was actually just enough time to let the logistics simmer and work themselves out in my brain. I’ve been working on a wall treatment that I’ve never tried and haven’t seen any tutorials for. I sat down a couple days ago and started playing around on Photoshop until I found an arrangement that I liked. I then approximated the sizes of each of the panels.
I figured out the panel sizes and the cuts so I could fit all the sections onto two 4x8 ft sheets. I ended up using MDF because it was cheaper, and had a smooth finish, not requiring much sanding or prep work.
This process was pretty straightforward:
- First, add a layer of 1/4 plywood as a base, attach with a finish nail gun to the studs.
- Cut your two sheets of MDF using the cut guide above. I asked a worker at Home Depot to do these cuts for me which saved so much time!
- (Optional) Cut a couple scraps to the size of the space between each board. My spaces are 4″. Cutting a couple strips of wood to use as spacers is a quick trick that saves you from having to measure the gaps between your boards constantly.
- Start hanging your panels from a bottom corner. Nail them on using a finish nailer or a pin nailer. Try to keep the spacing consistent (so easy if you’re using aspacing board!).
- Caulk all the seams.
I can’t wait to slap some paint on this wall! I love the texture of this treatment and think it’ll add a great layer with the mural that will be over the top.
This was just a small start, but it feels so good to have it done! I’m feeling more motivated already to get stuff done!
I am so grateful to have this challenge going on! It is so nice having the extra push to get these projects done! And have you seen what’s going on with the other participants on the ORC Blog? SO good! Go and get lost in all the projects!