Do a cartwheel with me. The wood is up. Loving it already. It took me about 2 hours tonight.
1. Give all the boards one coat of primer.
2. Measure, cut and level top board. Nail. I had Hubs hold it up to the level line.
3. Measure, cut and nail each vertical board. I measured one by one, and installed one by one.
My floor is a little wavy so this way I didn't have too many gaps.
Next up. I am thinking about a wood shelf running across the top. So I may figure that out and then start to spackle and caulk.
For those of you who like more details: my top board hits about 76 inches from the floor. I already had 1x6 floor molding, which was pretty beefy, so I didn't want to go much taller. I actually wanted to go down about 6 inches, but I needed to clear the stove pipe. If I didn't have that, I probably would have installed at 70-72 inches from the floor.
Floor molding and Top rail =1x6 poplar
Vertical boards= 1x3 poplar
Spacing between boards is 17 inches just because of the stove. 12-14 would have been my preference.
More to follow.