October 4, 2012

DIY Cedar Planked Wall Tutorial


I shared my big outdoor patio make-over about 2 weeks ago, and the DIY cedar planked wall was a HUGE part of that make-over.


Here’s all the details of how we put it together:

We measured out the length and height of the wall, and had Lowe’s cut 2×4’s to match those measurements.  Then my dad & hubby laid them all out and nailed them together.

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The men weren’t too excited to have me stop them to take a picture in the middle of their labor – haha.

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We brought it up against the offending wall – and screwed it in to the top:

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IThen we started on the fun part – the cedar planking.  I first decided to use this wood aging technique (that I also used on my wine rack).  I laid all of the planks on the grass and got to work (man I felt old doing this – my back hurt so bad!)


BUT then something weird happened.  The wood got these weird “water spots” allllll over the planks!

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I was so bummed – but we decided to hang the planks first, and then we went to plan B for the finishing.  So we hung the weirdly spotted boards onto the studs.  I didn’t take great pictures, but since our wall was slanted, we had to make this little “side” to the wall.  We just butted up the corners of the wood to eachother:

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So we finally finished hanging the boards, but then I needed to finish the project of painting over the boards.  We used a full coverage outdoor paint-stain.  Here’s the details if you’re interested:

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We put 2 coats on – and it covered beautifully!  I later hung a window & my DIY board & batten shutters (tutorials coming soon!) and stood back to admire!

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What do you think??  Do you have any unsightly outdoor walls that need covering?  Would you ever consider doing a cedar planked wall??

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  1. Adorable! I thought from the before pictures you like, cut out a whole new window! I was super impressed. haha BUT i am still impressed the boards look great!

  2. Wow! You made this look so easy. I have an unfinished basement wall and you’ve given me hope that we’ll be able to fix it up without paying an arm and a leg to someone else.

  3. holy moly! what a difference! it’s looks so good. you must be so proud.

  4. these are adorable!

  5. umm, i don’t know what happened – but i thought that last comment above was going on another blog. how weird. anyways, ignore me. 😉

  6. That looks awesome Christina! Awesome job and what a fabulous idea! Love that you added the window and shutters to it as well.


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