Our family room (aka Dog Room) was an add-on, so one of the walls used to be an exterior wall. This “used to be outside” wall had brick walls and what used to be the wall of windows is now covered with drywall and wallpaper. I ripped the wallpaper and found that the drywall behind it was not paintable (of course!).
I really didn’t want to cover it with another wall paper as it would be difficult to keep clean with a dog who drools and shakes his head to spread the wetness and another dog who loves to make art on the wall with her dirty paws.
So when I found someone’s plank wall on Pinterest, I knew that was what I wanted. It really can be done with any planks – plywood sheet cut in strips, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, etc. To me, laminate flooring planks sounded the easiest/cheapest way to go.
Home Depot has a tutorial video on their site. It sounded really easy.
I wanted clean, modern looking planks that were not too glossy. I found that I didn’t have many options with the budget I had so ended up with “Brazilian Teak” Wood Plank Laminate Flooring from Lowes (about $1.50 sq. ft.). They had a little more knot holes than I had hoped for, but I liked the color and width of the planks. I kind of felt obligated to buy materials from Home Depot since they were the one made an effort to show me how to though. Sorry Home Depot…
Just as the tutorial made it sound, the procedure was pretty simple: measure, cut, glue, place/lock and nail. However, it took us all day to finish about 80 sq. ft. wall! The first row didn’t want to stick, so we had to nail into the studs. Since the wall wasn’t really flat, some pieces were harder to lock into each other. Glue was oozing, fingers were sticking to each other and so on, but we are really happy with the end result.