Faux Wood Plank Command Center Wall
I’ve been a little bit absent from the blog world lately. There have just been too many other things that needed my attention. I’ve really missed sharing here so I am trying to get back to it, I promise! I’ve still been crafting, and I’ve even been documenting a lot of those projects. It just takes so much time to edit the pictures, and draft the posts so it hasn’t been done. Since I’m sharing a project today over on the Walnut Hollow blog, I wanted to share the other half of that Command Center project here on my own blog too! I figure that’s a pretty good way to get back into things.
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Our home has a multi-purpose room. It could be an office, or a bedroom. We are using it currently for our oldest child’s bedroom. The layout of the room includes a door in the back hallway by all the other bedroom doors, and big double doors on the other side of the room, in the front of the house. We don’t use the big double doors. In fact, my sons huge metal loft bed is up against the doors. We didn’t want to take the doors out and build a full wall there, because we weren’t sure that one day we wouldn’t want to use the doors. We needed a temporary solution.
I decided it would make a great Command Center wall. It’s right by the front door and we all pass by it dozens of times every day. It would be a great central place to hang coats, backpacks, drop pocket stuff and mail, and charge our phones. It took a little bit of brainstorming, but we settled on a semi-permanent solution to the problem. We built an insert to sit inside the door frame against the existing unused doors. It’s secure, but can be removed in the future if we decide we want to use those doors.
I wanted to do a sort of faux wood plank accent wall. We decided to use cheap peel and stick vinyl wood tiles for the project. Sounds simple, right? This was one of those projects that should have been so easy, but was not. Let me just say we learned a whole lot during this one!
Here’s how we put together our semi-permanent faux wood accent wall command center:
First we cut plywood sheets down to size so they would fit snugly into the door frame. We wanted to add a little bit of sound proofing to the panel so we used liquid nails to glue foam floor mats to the back of the plywood panels. Then the panels were screwed in place over the doors. So far so good!
The new plywood panels covering the door were set in place perfectly. They help dampen the sounds from the living room so my son doesn’t have to hear every noise we make through the thin hollow doors, and the other way around too because sometimes teenage boys are pretty noisy!
Next we needed to put the faux wood planks on. This part SHOULD have been very simple. Because of previous experiences in the shed, I knew that peel and stick tiles do not stick to raw plywood surfaces. The surface needs some prep. So I grabbed a bucket of white paint out of the garage, and gave the doors a quick few coats of paint so the tiles had a nice surface to adhere to.
Or so I thought. According to the instructions on the box of tiles, this should have been sufficient. But it wasn’t, of course. A project is rarely as simple as it seems it should be, right? The tiles wouldn’t stick. They kept falling off the wall.
So, plan B:
After a little bit of reading and research, we decided to try some VCT Adhesive. I read the instructions on the Adhesive (We used this one here) and applied it to the door. You have to let the adhesive dry for several hours before you can stick the tiles to it. Once it was dry enough that I could touch it without the glue transferring to my hand I applied the door tiles.
Perfect! Or, so we thought. I got the tiles on the door, and then went to bed. When we woke up the next morning, Most of the tiles fallen off the wall, again! It turns out that I had the adhesive on just a little too thick! I had never worked with this type of adhesive before. It should be spread very thinly on the surface. I was pretty frustrated with it at this point. If the tiles were laying on the floor as they are intended to do, the glue would have been perfect. But up on the vertical wall they just weren’t holding in place.
We bought some small brown finishing nails next. We put the tiles back up again. I hammered the nails into the boards where I thought it might look natural for the wood to have nails. Between the tacky glue, and the nails, the planks were finally secure. However, before I was able to get the nails in, some of the tiles had shifted just slightly, leaving a few little gaps in the wood wall.
Since I finally had the planks secure to the wall, the only thing I could do about the gaps was paint them! With a dark brown color, they blend right into the wall, and look so natural you can’t even tell they’re painted!
By this point, my simple faux wood command center accent wall has gone from a quick project to a week long saga! Isn’t it funny how that sometimes works? It was totally worth it though. I love my new little wood wall! We can’t hear the teenager quite as much. If we ever decide we want those doors back the wall can come down, leaving instant access to them.
Over on the Walnut Hollow blog I’m sharing part of the Command Center I put together. Would you believe these are serving trays?! Click here to check out how I made this part of the wall (including a video)
I found this wire mesh storage rack here. After a little bit of spray paint, and some cute little Walnut Hollow mini crates it was perfect for the command center wall! It still needs something else, but I haven’t figured out what that is yet. Maybe some large scale cross stitching on the back of the wire mesh? I’m sure it will come to me eventually!
I also added a USB hub charging station to the wire mesh storage rack for our cell phones as well. I love it when things come together exactly how you’ve pictured them in your head! It took a few extra steps to get there, but I love the end result.
I have some fun little accents in mind to fill in some of the blank spaces. I think I want to find some fun little turquoise/aqua knobs for additional hanging space for bags or jackets. And I’m looking for a solution to the shoe problem in the entry way as well. I think the space needs a cute little chair or bench too! What would you add to the space?