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.

4 thoughts on “Wood Slat Wall – Part 2

  1. I love this so much that my husband and I are attempting it this weekend on 2 adjacent walls in a small powder room! Questions – How did you attach each “L” section to the wall? Meaning, once you nailed the 1×2 to the 1×3, did you just nail once in the middle of the 1×3 along each stud or did you use 2 nails per stud? Because we are doing this in a space where close inspection is inevitable due to the size of the room, I want the nailheads to be uniform all the way across each board and also down the wall, but as few as necessary to support the weight of each. I would love it if we could figure out a way to hide the nails but that does not seem possible. Also, I noticed you tacked them directly into the Sheetrock, presumably along the studs… what size nails did you use? Thanks for any advice you can pass along!

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    1. Hi Wendy! Yes, I tacked the slats directly to the face of the drywall @ (2) nails per stud. I believe I used 16 gauge 2” finish nails. Since the nails were going to be visible, I made it a point to nail in the same location on each board so there would be a consistent pattern. For an 8’ slat, I attached at four points per board – one point each end and then 24” in from each end, leaving a “clean” surface in the middle.

      Hope this helps! I’m excited for you and hope it turns out well!!

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      1. Thank you!! We are almost finished with the powder room and I am loving it! Thank you for posting this project and also for responding so quickly. Once this is project is complete, I might try some of your other projects too. Love the bird houses and mailbox!

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