March 11, 2014

White Wood Planked Walls + Mint Ceiling

The nursery is moving right along, and thankfully so, considering our little guy is due to arrive in just over a month now. Last time I’d checked in, I’d shared a mood board illustrating our plans for the space, looking something like this:

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The past week or so, Ricky has been chipping away at the first phase of the room, what we’ve been calling the “construction” phase. For us, this meant covering the existing popcorn ceiling with new smooth drywall, adding horizontal wood planks to all the walls, trimming out the window and closet opening, re-installing baseboards, adding crown molding, and finally, painting all of it. Easy enough, right? I have to credit most of this to Ricky, although, I was able to jump in with some relief on all the painting.

Here’s the most recent shot of the room, that I’d shared with you guys after whipping up a quick book display (Lizzy still occupying the room at the time):

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When Lizzy moved into a shared room with Zoey we emptied out most of the items, but the rest has now found it’s way into the dining room, garage, and anywhere else we could temporarily squeeze things in. That’s also been fun. Changing table in the narrow hallway for a few weeks, why not?

Once completely cleared, Ricky laid down rosin paper to protect the floors and taped off the closet with a plastic barrier (it was filled with nursery items).

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First up was new drywall on the ceiling. The decision to cover our inherited popcorn ceilings was something we’ve always wanted to do. They were poorly done and super distracting in the space. Plus, the rest of the home has all smooth ceilings, so eventually covering the bedrooms to match was in the plans since day one. What we didn’t anticipate were popcorn ceilings that had been painted – aka, scraping them smooth was not an option. Although we have different plans for the other bedrooms, in here, we opted to just go over them with a thin new layer of drywall. Quite the delay time-wise, but worth every minute in the end.

Covering a Popcorn Ceiling | Cape27Blog.com

As for the planked walls, we followed this tutorial almost to-a-tee, so I won’t go into the details (just follow the link for an in-depth walk-through). However, we made one exception when it came to the corners of the room, by skipping out on the vertical trim pieces. Instead, a quick sweep of caulk prior to painting seemed to cover any gaps where the boards met.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

Because each wall in this room is about 11′ long and the wood only came in 8′ lengths, we were a little worried about seam placement. We went with a simple pattern to keep things consistent, but were pleasantly surprised at how well the joints vanished after painting. In fact, if they’d been bothersome enough, we probably could’ve eliminated them completely with a little wood putty. You can barely see in the photo above, seams about 2′ off the corner at every other board (just along the wall without the door).

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Once the wood planks were up, Ricky re-installed the baseboards, hung crown molding, and installed craftsman-style trim to match the door on the window and closet opening (check out this post for a full tutorial on how we did that). DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

And finally, I painted. Everything.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

SW-Snowbound on all the walls and trim (a bright, but not stark, white) and SW-Lighter Mint on the ceiling (a pale mint with a touch of blue).

 

 

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

I’m crazy in love with the ceiling color. We wanted something really subtle. I love a bold ceiling, but in this space, we just wanted a hint of mint to compliment the brighter colors we’ll be using elsewhere. It’s noticeable when you enter the room, definitely, but I think once we add the cobalt blue dresser, it’ll read as more of an accent color than the star of the room.

 

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You can already see below how well it picks up on the aqua floor baskets from the mood board.

 

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

 

Sneak peak at a few accessories in the closet.

 

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

Here you can really see how well the caulk worked to join the boards together at the corners.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

 

I was a little fearful that adding the wood planks to all the walls might make the room feel even smaller than it is, or that all the crazy horizontal lines going on would get distracting, but I’ve found quite the opposite. I think the bright white makes more of an impact than the actual wood itself, opening up the room even more.

 

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And I’m head-over-heels for the contrast against the floor.

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

I was also always under the impression that I loved the craftsman trim and the crown moldings throughout the rest of our home because their bright white color popped against our gray walls – not the case. The white on white has me begging for more here:

 

 

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

I still need to do a few touch ups around the window, as well as empty the closet and give it a fresh coat of paint, but for the most part, we’re moving onto the fun stuff!

DIY Horizontal Wood Plank Walls | Cape27Blog.com

I painted the crib last month, so that just needs to be reassembled. I’m working on the dresser as we speak (!) and the arm chair has been making itself right at home in our living room for weeks. Lighting, rug, curtains – all in the works! Closing in on the industrial pipe bookshelves :)

 

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25 thoughts on “White Wood Planked Walls + Mint Ceiling

  1. Katie S.

    Looks fabulous. I’m so chicken to paint a ceiling non-white but have been seeing it a TON lately . . . plus we have high ceilings so I feel like the spirits are telling me to just give it a shot. I love the color you have on the ceiling here.

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  2. Katelyn

    Do you have any tips on painting the crib? I inherited a great crib from family, but it’s in an ugly blue color. Would love to paint it but I’ve been hesitant not knowing what materials to use since baby will probably be putting his mouth all over it at some point down the line.
    Also – do you paint while pregnant? Any special precautions to take? I hate the idea of having my husband do it all by himself but most friends are telling me I shouldn’t go near the painting. Thanks for your insight and tips. So excited to see the final product!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Here’s a great post on painting a crib. I always use a no-VOC paint while pregnant, and for anything going in our house that can’t be aired out for several days. My favorite is Sherwin Williams’ Harmony line, but most all brands have something similar at this point :)

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  3. jessvii

    I have seen the planked wall trend take off and increase in popularity dramatically recently. However, I worry about all that wood making the room more susceptible to fire. My research has shown that the items in a room (furniture, curtains, etc.) are more likely to encourage a fire to burn than either dry wall or wood. However, when you compare wood to dry wall (apples to apples, one wall covering to another), I would think that the wood is less resistant to fire than ordinary dry wall / gypsum.

    See:
    Flame-Spread Ratings – http://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/doc_flamespread.html

    However, that being said, maybe you could coat the wood with layers of fire-resistant polyurethane?

    See:
    Fire-Resistant Details – http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/articles/fire-resistant-details.aspx

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  4. Michelle | Birds of Berwick

    I love the ceiling and the plank walls! These looks gorgeous! We planked just one wall of our master bedroom and an alcove for accent and love the effect. I love how your nursery is coming together. Also – I want your floors!

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  5. Belinda

    It’s looking really gorgeous so far. I’m loving the direction your style is taking & am glad you’re back to blogging as I really enjoy your blog.

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  6. [email protected]

    Wow – I am really interested to see the finished nursery. I think it’s going to look amazing. I’ve just tuned back into your blog and am so glad that I did :)

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  7. Wendy B.

    I know you’ve been taking a break (understandably), but I check on you every once in awhile wondering, is there a baby in this nursery yet? Hope things are going well! Prayers for a speedy and safe delivery!

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  8. Megan

    I love this room. Hope you come back soon and show us the finished product! But for now, I hope you are enjoying that little boy :)

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  11. Amanda Elms

    Beautiful!!! Can you please share if you utilized cut plywood for the planks or actually bought planks? I know the other tutorial utilized cut plywood, but worried that its too thin. Do you have any issues with it bowing not that its been up for awhile. Also, what finish of paint did you use? Flat? satin?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      We purchased sheets of plywood and cut them down to size ourselves. They were willing to cut them for us in-store, but the price was something outrageous, so we just did it on our own. The planks have had some bowing in spots, particularly against the one exterior wall where the temperature fluctuates more. A few extra nails fixes it right up though, since the wood is so thin and easily shaped back into place. The paint sheen is eg-shel, so closest to satin.

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  13. kate

    Ok so I’m all ready to dive into this project but what I can’t figure out how to paint the planks? Did you use a foam roller after the wood was up? Did you use a nap roller? Did you spray on the paint? I’m worried about the small lines/cracks between the planks will fill with paint and look weird. I just wondered what method you used to paint. Also did you prime frist and how many coats of paint did I it take?

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Kate- We used a sprayer on the planks, but it’s totally doable with a roller too. I’d use a foam roller, or one made for a smooth finish. We worried about the cracks between as well, but it turned out not to be a problem at all. If you do have any issues with it, you can easily scrape out any extra paint with a putty knife. We didn’t prime first, mostly just because there wasn’t much wood grain, and I believe it was around 2 coats, 3 in some areas. Good luck!

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