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How about we start with this wall. So bland, so boring and has been driving me absolutely bonkers for 7 years. Yes. 7 years! First, I slapped some leftover paint on it then did the copper metallic effects then painted it the same gray as the rest of the room and none of it did the trick for me. Until I saw this product, my friends I got an idea that involved a herringbone pattern (something I have wanted to try for quite some time) and I got pretty darned excited.
What is this product called Stikwood? In simple terms it’s reclaimed wood that has been thinned out and given stickers! Insanely easy to use (I’ll talk more about that below) and makes a big impact in your space! They have so many colors and finishes to choose from including the more rustic style. All reclaimed and responsibly sourced materials that you can feel great about having in your home. Those are very important factors for me along with the use of VOC free paints and european oil finishes on all products. Having kids and pets it’s important to us to use safe products in our home. Along with my deep personal love of reclaimed products, this fit the bill perfectly in all ways! Not only do I love the eco-friendly aspect of using reclaimed wood but they are all gorgeous to feast your eyes on and again, SUPER easy to use. The one we put in here is called Minimalist Fir and it’s a gorgeous light wood with a white wash that gives off a very subtle, soft pink color while maintaining the wood grains. I am in LOVE with this stuff!
Here is how we did this project (which is BOMB by the way)! (Me doin my happy dance!)
Start by measuring your wall and add 5-10% for waste cuts to make sure you have plenty of material. Order your Stikwood. When it arrives let it acclimate in your home. I let ours acclimate in our house for 3 full days. (just a helpful tip as it is a wood product, acclimating allows it to adjust to your home’s environment which eliminates issues with expansion and contraction)
All we used for tools and materials were a hand dremel saw, level, triangle straight edge, chalk line, pencil, Stikwood roller and ruler.
After acclimating our Stikwood we began by cutting our 4ft strips down to 2 ft. Just measuring each board at 24 inches,
and cutting it at the line made by our straight edge triangle. You now have your 2 ft strips!
We have a weird wall. I’mma just say it right now. There are 2 sections to the right of the fireplace with speakers and an obnxious cut out. Then there are 2 to the left. We also have built in bookcases in both sides as well. We decided our best course of action was to start on the main section of the wall above the tv niche. We measured to find the center above the niche (this is the most visible point on the wall),
And used our level to do a chalk line straight up and down at the center point we marked earlier. This gave us our starting line.
Next up was taking 2 of our 2ft pieces of stikwood, removing the strips on the back and placing them at an angle with the corners lining up with the line on the wall. Once we did that we just followed the pattern!
This product was incredibly easy to use. The strips made it so simple to apply and the thinness of the boards made it easy to cut.
3 strips of super sticky tape. Remove backing and stick on the wall, seriously that easy! And don’t forget to run the Stikwood roller over the wood to get proper adhesion! (Check out my Instagram Highlights for videos on the this!)
The most time consuming part was going around the speakers, fireplace (which wasn’t straight) and the bookshelf trim. Lots of cutting to get a perfect fit with each individual board in those areas. For the pattern we just repeated the same measure center, level draw the line, and place boards for the rest of the walls!
Keep all of your cut pieces as we used most of ours to fill in the pattern on the edges which reduced our waste substantially! I love not wasting material!!
Once we completed a section you can see the overhang we left above (as an example). We used our dremel saw adjusted to sit flush with the wall behind the Stikwood and ran it straight along the edge. It gave us a nice straight cut! Just use proper safety gear like protective eye wear and be safe!
Here is during day 2 when we finished the lower half of both walls! I had designed this wall using 2 patterns, I decided to do the tv cut out niche thing in a standard horizontal pattern for 2 reasons. One was ease of pattern installation but the bigger reason, I wanted to have a variation in patterns. To give a little additional oomph to the wall! We also did the shelves (top of these 2 walls) in the same horizontal pattern to carry it through.
It took us about 2 and a half days to complete this project, only because we had to stop several times to run our teen to and from school and football practice along with a few errands in between. We did rent some scaffolding (which we’ve done before, check it out here) to reach the higher areas of the wall, if you are dealing with high ceilings I highly recommend it!
I kept the styling on the wall simple with some cute animal prints (using command strip hooks, no holes in my new wood walls!) and a few sentimental pieces on the shelves. It was all about complimenting the herringbone pattern and this gorgeous material. And of course Bogey was chillaxin center stage doing his best Vanna impression to help show off this wall.
A closer up shot of the minimalit fir and finished wall!
Here’s the far side, you can see how the pattern flows all the way up!
And the final shot of the big family room wall makeover with the minimalist fir from Stikwood! I just stare at out how pretty it is. The color ties in with the fireplace without being too matchy matchy and the herringbone pattern is classic but fresh given it’s beautiful color. It came together better than I imagined!
If you are looking for an impact in your space Stikwood is a fantastic company with a beautiful, insanely easy to use, reclaimed product.
I highly recommend them and their products, we had a fantastic time using this wood! And we are ecstatic with the results!! It’s beautiful in all the right ways. I may have some other spaces in our home we are looking at using this product, we love it so much. (winky wink!)
Have you used Stikwood? What are your thoughts on it? How about installing a herringbone pattern? I always love to hear from ya so hit me up in the comments below!
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