hardboard tempered paneling. Paneling sounds so outdated and 1970's, doesn't it? It is definitely true that everything old becomes new again! They started out as large sheets of paneling that we cut down into long strips. We did the math in the aisle at our local Home Depot and figured out that using the large pieces of paneling was the
4' by 8' sheet of hardboard tempered paneling from Home Depot. Note, I cannot link to the direct product on Home Depot's website, but if your search for 4x8 hardboard tempered paneling, it should show up. It is Model # It should cost somewhere around $15 depending on your location. Billy cut this sheet down into 6" wide planks with his circular saw. To do this, he measured and marked 6" from the long edge of the paneling in several spots. Next, he clamped down a 2x4 to the paneling, lining it up with his measured 6" marks, to use as a guide for his saw. I have read that both Home Depot and Lowes may cut these down for you so it definitely worth asking if you don't want to cut them yourself.
|This wall was a bit more challenging because we couldn't start on the bottom because we were lining the planks up with the adjacent wall, which starts down in our entryway. It is definitely easier to do just a single wall for your first project.|
The last step was to add some trim where the planks met the ceiling and also on the corners. We used a simple quarter round molding by the ceiling and a basic corner molding on the corners. The molding aisle is one of my very favorite aisles in Home Depot.
I did my best to try to explain how our crazy minds work when it comes to our DIY projects. For our next planking project, I would love to do a ceiling. Our DIY philosophy is definitely to give things a try, even if you aren't so sure exactly how to do it. And even if it doesn't come out as "perfectly" as it would have if it were done by a professional. Perfect is overrated anyway. Have fun and happy planking!