|Project by BPrisock||posted 07-03-2016 01:57 PM||693 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
Ah the fun of a project necessitated by sheer and utter failure.
The photo of the green wall with the vinyl decal was the original project. It took me 5 hours to scrape that dang thing onto the wall in three separate sections. (the wall is 8’ from the door trim) We were extremely happy with it when we went to bed… Get up in the morning to check on it as it didn’t appear to be adhering very well the night before. Well, we found 2/3’s of it in a heap in the crib. Grrr. So, for the record: Do NOT attempt to apply a vinyl decal to an ultra-low VOC paint. It basically repelled the decal and we were done. I wadded it up and threw it in the trash.
So, we started with a different idea. I mean, why not? I have a shiny new miter saw and fancy miter saw cart to go with it (I didn’t have the table saw yet). So, I went to HD and bought some tongue & groove pin/fir paneling as well as some 7/16” OSB and mounted three sheets on the wall. I broke out some painters tape and “mocked up” where the crib goes, the door trim and the wall. Ceiling heights just happen to be 8’ on our second floor so that made it easy.
I used some pieces of the paneling as cleats and put 9 boards up on the wall. My wife pretty much decided which shape she wanted without staying too uniform (she’s an engineer and I have the same mindframe… evenness and symmetry are good right?). I cut the boards accordingly after painstakingly measuring each and every board from the wall/trim in order to make sure it would all go back up in the nursery where we wanted it to. I hand sanded all 17 boards (it was too late to go to HD for some 220 grit paper for my hand sander). After that I mixed 2 to 1 gray and walnut stain (I think it was Minwax) and basically wiped it on and off immediately. With that little bit of stain, it dried overnight no problem.
I then put the newly stained boards up to make sure we had the look we wanted. I measured the placement again. And I’m pretty sure I did it one more time just to make sure! I then took all the boards off, flipped them 180 degrees horizontally and put them with the stained face against the plywood. I glued the tongue & groove sections on the back side to prevent any glue coming out on the stained fronts. I installed a couple furring strips (I think that’s what they’re called) for added support.
After that, I flipped it back around and used some pieces of the T&G panels as cleats to get it fairly secure on the wall. As a baby shower gift to my wife and I, my sister-in-law came up and painted the new tree on the boards. She did a phenomenal job in my opinion. We couldn’t have asked for a better or more thoughtful gift.
That’s currently where were at. There’s one last step that we are going to try and get to this week/weekend. We decided (before we started actually) that we’re going to drill approximately 200 holes throughout the canopy of the tree. We bought some low-voltage, dimmable, fading, remote control LED “fairy” lights and are going to put them through the back. I did a test piece with some of the stained remnants of the paneling and it looks truly amazing. I can’t wait to see what the finished product is.
So there you have it. I will certainly post some final pics. It’s been a project for sure… But I think the kiddo will love it… When they’re old enough to appreciate it!