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Brighter Dining Wall

posted by Matt Pierce on August 12, 2012

I've had the idea to change up my dining wall for a while now, but after seeing the work my friend Robert did on the Beam&Anchor storage closet, I knew how I was going to tackle it. I used 14ft. 1x10s and then a couple coats of opaque white OSMO finish.

It's a pretty straight-forward build. I painted the wall to get rid of the black, especially had to since it came up the ceiling a bit. I still need to topcoat in white, as with lots of areas in the house that have been patched... Pretty much the whole dining and living room again, but that'll wait.

Next step is to attach your verticals that you'll nail all the boards onto. Make sure your wall is straight, I definitely had to shim some and take out some others due to my wavy wall. After your back verticals are secure, you'll have plenty of area to nail into. These boards were the same thickness as my baseboard and door trim, as I wanted to completely cover the trim and just have the hallway "cut out" of the wall.

Start by nailing your horizontals, and make sure they're level. It helps to have a friend, and thankfully Greg stopped by to give a hand that day. Make sure you press all the boards flush with each other. I have some minor gaps, but not too bad. Some of the boards really needed to be shoved into place before nailing. After nailing, countersink all your nails and add some putty to the holes. Make sure your putty will take stain or whatever you use as a finish.

I sanded the wall, mainly to smooth the putty, but also to give the boards a little more smoothness. They weren't bad to start, but they'll take a little less finish when sanded too. I applied OSMO in opaque white to everything with a small brush. I was really cussing here since the finish is quite drippy when applying vertically. Make sure your drop cloth is in place, areas taped off, and no young ears in the vicinity when you start dropping f-bombs.

Let the first OSMO coat dry for 24hours, then you can apply a second. It make it just a little whiter, as the first coat was already amazingly white. Let dry completely and move the furniture back!