How I created a reclaimed wood fence wall in our home

How I created a reclaimed wood fence wall in our home

Finished living room wall with new sofa from Costco.

One of the things we both decided would look great in the fixer upper we purchased was a reclaimed wood wall.
Since we had a bunch of wood from a newly completed fence project (article coming soon), we felt the wall could be done on the cheap.

We did some research on Pinterest, found the look we wanted and got to work. Here is the project by the numbers.

1. Cut the wood into approximate 3 foot sections using a RYOBI chop saw from Home Depot.

2. Cleaned the wood with a RYOBI Power washer from Home Depot.

3. Lightly Sanded the boards with a Porter Cable orbital sander from Home Depot

4. Sprayed each board with a solution of apple cider vinegar and steel wool

5. Added an new outlet and wiring for the television.

6. Marked stud locations on the wall

7. Started at top and began adding boards and cutting to size at ends. Boards were nailed using a Porter Cable nail gun from Home Depot.

8. Mounded Television using mount from Walmart.

The boards cut to approximate three foot sections


The RYOBI power washer that I picked up from Home Depot

After the wood dried a mixture of vinegar and steel wool was applied


The wall after I ran new electrical and pre-mounted the tv mount from Walmart


Here I worked from top to bottom and from the center outward


Since I'd partially installed wires and electrical in the bare wall I could use those holes as guides to cut the wood using a Skillsaw from Home Depot.


This Porter Cable compressor and nail gun combo set is a must for this type of project. 
As you guessed I picked it up from Home Depot.

The project took several days. A day for cutting the wood, another to pressure wash and dry. Another to for spraying the vinegar solution and to dry.
Then a day to run the cables and to mount. One note here, expect at lease a week prior to get the vinegar solution to look like you want.

To create the mixture I used regular apple vinegar, and steel wool. At first I placed the steel wool in the vinegar in a plastic bottle and let it soak. After several days I didn't notice a change. Next I removed the wool and let it sit in the air. The next morning the steel wool had turned to rust, and I placed back in the vinegar. That gave me the color I wanted. The more I added to the vinegar the darker it got.

You should test any mixture you make on the type of wood you plan on using. The type of wood, the age and the solution will all affect the final look.

If you have any questions let me know in the comments section.

See you at Home Depot.



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