When I painted my kitchen white I left one wall unpainted, on purpose of course. I’m slowly transitioning my kitchen from a traditional look to a rustic industrial space. I’m doing this by making mostly cosmetic changes as well as removing some cabinets to open the space up. The unpainted wall is the frosting on my cupcake.
One of the elements of rustic industrial design that I love is the use of wood planks. With the help of Stikwood this is an easy look to achieve in any space. Stikwood is a peel and stick wood planking option. Instead of the hours cutting up planks of wood and nailing them to the wall you can achieve the same look with a level, measuring tape and an exacto blade. It is a gorgeous and easy way to accent a wall, a door, some furniture, a kitchen island, or anywhere else you can imagine it.
Each plank is 3/16 inch thick and 5 inches wide. The lengths vary from 1 to 4 feet. Stikwood comes in a variety of colors that could fit any style from modern to rustic. It can go almost anywhere except outdoor spaces or high moisture areas such as a bathrooms.
I ended up choosing Reclaimed Weathered wood in white. It adds the rustic to my all white kitchen, and then some! My entire wall took me about forty minutes to put up, no hammers or nails needed! It was such a huge transformation in such a small amount of time. This is the perfect project for even a beginniner DIYer. I started with a clean, dry and dust free wall…
Beginning at the top of the wall I just peeled off the backing and stuck the plank on the wall. If your wall is not level it is a good idea to create a reference line to keep everything straight. Since the planks come in a variety of sizes I was able to place quite a few down without having to cut. I made sure of course that my pattern was staggered.
When it came time to cut a plank I simply lined it up underneath the slot it would go in and marked off where to cut. No measuring!
Using my triangle, cutting mat and exacto blade I was able to cut each piece. The instructions tell you to use a miter saw but with a couple passes of the exacto blade I was able to get a clean cut.
Then more cutting, peeling and sticking until all the gaps were gone. I made sure to lay out the planks and mix up the colors a bit. There was quite a variety of color on each so I didn’t want similar boards next to each other.
When all the peeling and sticking was done I went over the entire wall with the rubber roller which is included. I carefully went over the edges and ends of the planks. Just an FYI – this little job is so easy a 5 year old can do it. True story.
This is such a high impact change in such a small amount of time. It has added quite the “wow” factor to my kitchen. It can also be a great way to hide blemishes in your wall or even those lovely stucco walls that take the cozy factor out of any room!