Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fence Picket Wall

I've wanted to do this project for a very long time now and for Valentine's Day this year, this was my present from my Honey! He's the bestest!
We finished this section of our master bathroom in just a few short hours.  We are going to do another larger wall over the tub soon.

Update: Click right here to see the other wall!
First we measured our area then gathered some choice fence pickets from our stack of recycled pickets out back. We've used from our stack several times before.  I'll list links at the end of this post if you want to go look!
We had to remove all the staples and nails from the pickets so that they would lay flush to the wall.
We started out with this very plain space and before the day was over, we had a lovely piece of art that we created together.  Perfect Valentine's Day huh?
We decided to use two pieces of wood for each row.  We wanted a staggered look, so we used different lengths for each piece of each row.  After you decide on the length of the first boards, you will want to make very sure that your first row is level before proceeding or you could have a downward slope on one side or the other.
We took time to pick and choose each piece so that we had different looks side by side.  One light, one dark, etc.  I love the more rustic worn looking ones the best.
We used a small amount of liquid nails on the back of each plank and then used the nail gun to tack it to the studs.  The reason we used the glue is because some of the boards were a little warped from the weather and we wanted to make sure that stayed flat on the wall.  We used 1 1/4" brads in our nail gun to secure the boards.
My honey would measure and mark the wall of the size of each picket and I would write his measurements down on a note pad, then we would go out and cut 4 to 5 rows then come back and glue/brad each one to the wall.
NOTE: Be sure to make sure both pieces fit in their space before you add glue to the back.  You may possibly need to trim a bit before you stick it!
We got to this point and realized the picket would not fit behind the toilet tank.  My honey tried moving the entire toilet forward, but we did not have enough wiggle room to make it work.  The lid protruding out that was the problem.
My honey cleverly cut out a space for the lid to fit and then we carried on.  You can't even tell the cut is there now.
I think it turned awesome and I couldn't be any happier with it.  It really makes a difference in our bathroom already.  I can't wait to see the other wall finished!
Dontcha just love all the varying colors of the wood.  Mother nature did that y'all!  Such a cool piece of art  work.
Of course we have more work to do, but for now this little space in our bathroom really makes me smile!
My Honey said to me "most girls got candy and flowers for Valentine's Day, you got a picket fence wall!"  And I love it more than any candy or flowers he could have gotten me.  Its ok, you can be jealous! LOL!
One more look at the before and after shots.  Its amazing what a little FREE wood can do to such a small space!

ETA: I've had lots of questions about how I keep the picket wall clean in the toilet area.  We don't have any small children in our home and we are not messy bathroom users, so I just use the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to "clean" the wall when it needs it.

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And as I promised, here are a few more of our picket fence projects for your viewing pleasure!

Fence Picket A/C Cover : Click HERE
Pretty Picket Planter: Click HERE
Picket Fence Stand: Click HERE
Picket Fence Shelf: Click HERE
Master Bathroom Mini Makeover: Click HERE

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  1. Super job, super look! Visiting directly here at your blog, but saw it first through Hometalk's FB page feed. You'll be enjoying a lot of views and comments from this project for a long time to come!
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. I agree!! It's great! Thanks for sharing.

    2. Thank you and you're welcome Charlie!

  2. This is really cool!! Thanks for sharing at the Sew Can Do Link party! Have a great week!

  3. I love all the varying boards. It looks great =)

  4. That looks so good! Got here from your Hometalk post. Y'all did a fantastic job varying the color of the boards. Your talented husband's solution for the toilet lid was perfect. I'm going to look around your blog to see more of your projects. Good team work.
    Sue P.

  5. I'm in love! It made such a huge difference in the area.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  6. I love this makeover! Great accent wall!

  7. Fantastic transformation! I love it! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

  8. This looks amazing! I'd love to do something like this in my house, but it would make my bathroom too dark :( Oh well, you've given me some inspiration for our next house maybe! Thanks for sharing your "gift" :)

  9. I love this idea and this wall... I will be featuring this post on my blog for this weeks Tuesdays with a Twist. :-)

  10. Great job! The after looks fantastic! Thanks for linking to Show Me Saturday.

  11. Great project! Very nice way to add interest to a small space. Thanks for sharing it at The Pin Junkie! I'm stopping by to let you know that your accent wall is being featured today in a roundup of home decorating ideas.

  12. I love this, it makes your small bathroom look bigger.

  13. Beautiful! I love the wall over the tub, also. How do you keep these walls clean? I was thinking they would need vacuuming, correct?

  14. I love both your picket fence walls! I am wondering how you are able to clean them. Do you use a vacuum?
    I posted this using the wrong email address a minute ago. :-/

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I just use the vacuum if I need to.

  15. I would like to see a close up of the cut out without the top of the toilet. How far down did you go? As much as I like this, the original person that put in my toilet put the whole back against the wall. UGH!!

  16. Hi there! Please see the 10th picture down, that is the best I can get for you. He just made the cut as tall as the lid was thick. The piece of wood just kind of went around the sides and touches on the very top. I hope that helps.

  17. This is awesome. I also have a space just like this in my bathroom. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. God Bless.

    Santa Rosa, CA

  18. Very beautiful wall. Thank you for sharing! I have to try it in my home.

  19. Love that rustic look, but limited to one feature wall, as it would be dark and claustraphobic for me if all round. It would be like an authentic end-of-garden 'crap-shack' though, haha, just add spiders! The hygiene doesnt bother me (wood is naturally anti-bacterial, hence wooden butchers blocks) but for anyone worried, use a hand spray-misting bottle of diluted vinegar, or crushed lemon/orange peels plus a few drops of teatree oil to dampen the surface and allow to dry naturally.


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