Today, I wanted to continue the documentation of kitchen remodel. Specifically, I want to talk about our little bar slab under-counter wall. As I previously noted in my post on our countertops, we were able to get the “waterfall slab” to work in our kitchen. As we got it installed, it became evident that there needs to be some kind of “umph” in the area under the counter. I saw that the picture was not complete, but didn’t know what exactly was needed there. So of course, I Pinterested away!
I really adored the look of modern white mixed with wood. But my dilemma was that I still wanted to keep a clean and modern look. After some thought, I decided to try and DIY a stained dark wood plank wall.
It ended up the perfect option for our little space, and best of all, it cost almost next to nothing!
Here’s how we did it.
We went to the very back of Home Depot. Their lumber section offered many options, but we were able to find the perfect wood planks (cedar fencing planks) in the clearance section. We picked out the best ones we can find, and it ended up costing us less than $10!!
We had some leftover stain in the garage but it was too dark for what we wanted so I Pinterested away and found that you can actually stain wood with coffee. I think this was the first Pinterest idea that didn’t quite work very well for me. I made a very strong brew from the coffee, stained the planks, and actually loved the outcome! To my disappointment though, the next day, I came to find that the stain has seeped in and was barely even noticeable.
I wasn’t willing to give in and buy new stain in the store, so instead I did some more research and found that you can actually add some mineral spirits into the dark stain to lighten it! And it worked! I was able to get the perfect color with the materials I had in the garage!
Supplies you need:
- Wood stain
- paint brush
- paint tray or plastic cup
- spacers (optional)
- nail gun
- stud finder
- Wood planks (we used cedar fencing planks)
Prepare the planks. Decide on which side of the plank you want to display. Make sure the wood is even and nothing is sticking out, like long splinters for example. Sand down if needed.
Prepare the materials and area for painting. For this project, I used the Minwax Wood Finish stain, a paint brush (here is one from Amazon that is designed specifically for stains) , and a plastic cup (you can also use a small paint tray or paint cup as in the link). Lay something under your work area, stain is very difficult to clean off, so make sure to not get any on the floor or table. Also, put something underneath to hold up your planks, you will need to stain the edges of the plank so need to keep it off the ground. I used two pieces of wood underneath to keep them up.
Apply the stain to the planks. Put a plentiful amount of the stain onto the plank, make sure everything is covered, including all of the edges around the plank.
Let the stain dry for the time as stated on the can (I let mine dry overnight) and then repeat Step 3 again. If you are not satisfied with the color by the second time, you can repeat again, applying a greater amount of stain onto the plank. Let dry until the planks are not sticky to the touch.
Measure the wall space you will need to cover, and cut the planks accordingly.
After the planks dry, prepare the surface where you want to apply them to. Make sure the surface is even, dust down any dirt and depending on the size of gaps you want in between your planks, you might want to paint the surface underneath. I didn’t leave much space in the gaps so the wall was not visible under the planks and thus did not need to paint the wall.
Find the studs in the wall using a stud finder. Then, using 1 1/2″ nails, nail down the planks to the wall. If you want to add spacing, use spacers (or even coins) in between each plank to get even spacing throughout the wall.
And that’s it! If you would like to, you can add some trim around your wood plank wall. I wanted to keep a little of a rustic look so I did not add a trim. This took us less than 4 hours of work (not counting the waiting time to dry) and cost us less than $10!
A perfect weekend project to cover up a plain wall and add some “umph” to any space!