If you have been following me on instagram then you know that we recently made a move back to the East Coast from Louisiana. It’s an interesting story that isn’t quite finished so I can’t share it all yet, but we are still in transition for a bit. I was able to get my computer and all the things needed to make it work lol so I’m happy to share one of my last projects I completed before our move. I have to say that it’s probably my favorite wood wall install to date. It’s called a diy wood slat wall and I was surprised at how easy it was to do. Plus, I absolutely love how it looks and how it smells!
There is this room at the church we attended called the fellowship hall. It’s just one of those general purpose rooms and one of the last major rooms that was in need of a little lovin’. The stage is kind of dark because there is no lighting up there (but don’t worry…. dimmable ceiling lights are suppose to be added at some point lol) so adding the wood really lightened it up. Once everything else in the room is completed it will complement all of the other changes as well. I came across this tutorial on how to do this type of wall here and brought my idea to the people who make the decisions. I outlined the few different ways we could go about it and they decided to go with cedar for the wood so it would tie in to the foyer and that meant it didn’t need to be stained, etc. Locally the sizes of the cedar that were available and that we used were: 1″ x 4″x 8′ and 1″ x 2″ x 8′ for the main wall and then the outer edges were 1″ x 8″ and the middle two were 1″ x 12″. This wall needed to be done quickly, so I didn’t have time to be ripping down all the wood to be a different size.
I sanded all of the boards and then nailed the 1″x 2″ ‘s to the 1″ x 4″ ‘s at home and then brought them all up to put in place. The wall was around 26 feet across so I was able to create three 8 foot sections and then cover the seams with larger wood that would run vertically.
I also just cut the wood to fit around the electrical outlets because the voltage in this building is very high so I don’t mess with those. Plus, it would have been a while to get someone out to come pull them out and get them sitting on top of the wood. Since this is the back of a stage, it’s really not a big deal. The one thing I wish I had done was made the cuts for underneath the outlets right from the piece I had to cut so it would have looked more continuous, but hind sight, right? lol Again, still not very noticeable.
And the great thing is that since cedar is so lightweight I was able to install all of this completely on my own. I just shut the doors, put on some worship music, and got to work 🙂 And honestly, the actual install took me from around 9am to 2:30 pm. It would have been even quicker if I hadn’t needed to cut around outlets…..oh and I did have to run and get the 1″x12″ pieces too since the 1″ x 8″ ‘s I originally had didn’t cover the two middle seams. It’s a great modern look and makes for such a great feature wall. If you are thinking about doing a diy wood slat wall, I give it a thumbs up!