The following Saturday I spent another couple of hours pouring over my drawing of the panelled wall. Once I was confident I knew what we needed, we went over to Home Depot to grab the wood. The next step was to find a nail gun, but I didn't want to buy one, so I had to wait until I could borrow one.
|Yup, HUGE box... |
she didn't like sitting up there,
not at all.
|Looky all m'tools :)|
My first lesson of the day; I knew the saw blade would eat up some of the wood... I didn't realize it would eat up THAT much. I'm glad I practiced on a spare piece first. Always practice.
When GW got home, we put the bottom panel on first, and then the top on next. We did the vertical parts for step two, as I'm sure I was either told to do it this way or read it somewhere. In the middle of doing this, we ran out of nails, so a quick trip to Home Hardware was in order. By the end of our day, all the vertical pieces were up. Yay!
|The top and bottom 'caps'|
I didn't pick the wall pattern just to challenge my abilities. I had to do it like that to account for the doorway which I wanted to be only one panel wide. The trouble is, that our wall didn't divide nicely into 30" panels (the width of the door). SO, creativity struck, and after spending hours drawing and redrawing the plan for this, I got it figured out. It's actually made the spaces within the panels nice and big for the artwork we want to put up in the room.
Would I do this again? Sure! Here's some things I'd remember for next time though;
What made it easy?
- making a very detailed plan using excel, which allowed me to have the math there and also something visual
- getting the primed pieces of panelling to save me priming them before I put them on the wall
- borrowing a nail gun
The harder parts?
- not priming the wall before we put the panelling up. I had read somewhere that I should do this, and then totally forgot. Doh. I also have to patch a hole. Double Doh.
- in some of the cuts, I took off 1/8" too much. In changing my measuring technique on Day 2, the problem was fixed.
- the amount of putty work I'm going to have to do (but it's part of the process whether I had been a master with the saw or not)
I have to do the door panels, trim, putty, baseboard, then paint the room and decorate!
It's coming along, eh?