Wood Slat Wall – Part 2

I wasn’t looking forward to the process of multiple staining and sanding of the wood slats, but was surprised when the Minwax instructions said to NOT sand between applications.  I was a bit skeptical, but followed the directions and was happy with the results.  I applied about 2-3 coats of stain with rags (old socks!) waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next.  I liked the slight sheen that came from only using the stain, and opted to not apply any Polyurethane clear coat.  Here is the mockup:

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I did not pre-cut any of the slats due to the slight variations in the wall length which ranged from 1/4″ to 1/2″.  I first held a slat on the wall, and marked the overhang (part to cut off) and trimmed off using a miter saw.  I used a brad nailer to attach the 1″ x 2″ to the top of the 1″ x 3:

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This also helped to straighten out some of the boards that were slightly warped.  Using a finish nailer, I attached the first board to sit on top of the window frame.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  1) I did not want to notch the board around the window frame, and 2) the measurements worked out so that I would end up with a 1/4″ gap between the top board and the ceiling.  The substrates are never perfectly straight and the gap will help conceal any differentiations.

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The opening in the middle was to leave space for artwork and also so I wouldn’t need to re-surface or cut around the light switch.

And the finished product:

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The artwork is made up of Chinese zodiac characters.  The first two represent my wife and me and the grouping of three is for our kids.

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