Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Aged Plank Wall

Do you ever have those projects that just push you out of your comfort zone?  Well, this was mine.

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Have I ever shared with you that I have a fear of heights? Well, I do…not like a little “oh, I don’t want to bungee jump or cliff dive.” No, mine is like my legs start to shake when I’m on a 6 foot step ladder.  I can remember Chad and I looking at a house under construction and I literally couldn't make it across the catwalk because it didn't have rails.  I know…wimp, but it’s like my feet turned into cinderblocks and I couldn't move.  I wanted to but instead I fell to the ground and crawled like a baby back to safety just went back downstairs.  Needless to say, we didn't buy that house.

So, a few weeks ago the talented girls at ReFresh Home asked if I could do an aged wood treatment on a fireplace surround.  Sure, no problem.  Then I saw the picture of this 18 foot wall.  Um, yeah, well…ugh, but I really want to do this.  I mean, its wrapped in sassafras wood and I know how amazing it will look.  Plus, it was for those sweet faux barnwood clients.  You know, sometimes you just have to face your fear and get over it!  So with my sweet husband in tow as safety patrol, they setup the scaffolding {notice the 1 foot wide board I’m standing on…yikes} and I went to work. 

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It was worth it and, quite honestly, I didn't really freak out or have major shaky legs or anything.  {I did want to scream from the top of that scaffolding “I did it!” but the fear that Chad may no longer claim me or the homeowners may not have me back kept me from doing it.}   

after daytime
To achieve this aged wood finish, I applied 3 stains and 2 washes to the individual boards, along with various sanding and dry brushing techniques.  Honestly, I didn't even bother with a sample for this project because it really was just a make-it-up-as-you-go project.  There were lots of adjustments made as I went along to make it look natural. 

after close

after side
And, of course, we couldn't leave that stark white mantle so I applied a rustic gray finish with light distressing.  I wish the pictures were brighter so you could see the detailing but this job finished after dark. 

after mantle
So, now, I’m ready for a 25 foot wall….maybe.  Are there fears you've pushed through because you just couldn't say no to a really creative project?

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  1. Wow! What a great statement in that room. This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at The Makers.

  2. This is absolutely AMAZING! Love, love, LOVE it! Pinned :)

  3. wow! This is gorgeous!! Found your blog through a link party!! Thanks!


  4. WOW, THAT TURNED OUT REALLY BEAUTIFUL!! I love the detail,in the various paint,stain and washes used to bring out the natural beauty of all that gorgeous wood!

  5. And another Wow here! Love this planked wall. You are quite talented. This will be one of the features at Wow Us Wednesdays this week.

  6. Wow! What an amazing project! It turned out fabulous.

  7. Can I just say WOW?!?! I love the new look! Great job!

  8. Fabulous! I've been wanting to do a plank wall above our basement fireplace and this would take it to a whole other level. Beautiful work!!

  9. Super cool! We are wanting to bring this look into a couple areas of our home. Great to see your fabulous results.


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