A couple of years ago, we gave the craft room at the shop a facelift. Part of the update was breaking down our old wooden shipping palettes, sanding down the wood, and sticking the planks to the wall to warm up the room. We loved the final result!
Just like at our shop, wood is a great way to warm up any room in your house but its use can go way beyond just furniture and cabinets. Below are some of my favourite unexpected ways to incorporate wood into your space. And don’t forget – wooden shipping palettes are a wonderful source of material. After they’re cleaned and sanded smooth, the wood is great for tons of projects like the ones below.
You might need a neck rub after this project, but aren’t the wood planks on these ceilings beautiful? They give rustic charm to any room – especially if you love that farmhouse feel.
A feature wall is a great way to draw the eye and add another dimension to your design. Use wooden planks to give your room texture. It’s a great way to make your fireplace stand out!
Want to give your bathroom a home-made touch? These framed towel hooks against a wood plank background look more like a piece of art!
Wood is the perfect compliment to white, especially in a small space like the bathroom. Keep the rest of the design simple to make the wood really stand out. Think white subway tile, white marble floors and white fixtures.
Dress up a plan bookcase or shelving unit by using wooden planks as backing!
Large scale furniture, especially headboards, can be expensive but you can make a stylish statement by making your own from wood planks! Or go big and cover whole wall.
Want to give this look a try? Here are some tips! If you’re going to use palette wood, make sure you put on gloves to protect your hands from nails and splinters. Sand the wood smooth starting with 60 grit paper and working your way up to 360 grit paper for a more finished look or stop at 180 grit if you prefer your wood more rustic.
If you’re going to be using the wood in your bathroom, make sure to seal it properly to prevent the dampness and humidity from molding or damaging the wood. Use at least two coats of a waterbased vanish to keep the wood looking beautiful for years. Keep the sheen flat or matte so the wood looks natural. My go to product is General Finishes High Performance waterbased varnish. It stays crystal clear, cleans up with water and dries quickly with no smell.
Don’t forget that you can change the tone of the wood with a stain. I love General Finishes gel stains because they wipe on evenly with a cotton cloth (an old t-shirt works) and come in a variety of shades.
You can also make a colour wash by thinning out your favorite woodwork or Chalk Paint to match the decor of the room!
Experiment with the layout. Instead of a straight line, try a herringbone pattern! Just remember to measure out your wall and plan out your design to make sure you have enough room and materials.
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