Send this gal to Lowe's for one thing (salt) and she comes back with a trunk full of wood. Anyone else get giddy walking down the wood and trim aisle? I swear I love it more than clothes shopping.
So I jumped in Labor Day weekend and decided to start a project with this little old cart of wood.
Do you know that half a dozen Lowe's workers asked me if I need helped while I was shoving this heavy cart down the aisles? I told them I was exercising and I think they thought I was dead serious.
I had to bat my eyelashes at the lumber guy so he would cut me three sheets of 4x8 plywood. At first he thought I was nuts and then asked me what I was doing. In my nicest voice, I said I was adding planks to a wall. He smiled and thought that was totally cool. If he only knew what a pain it was going to be to cut my three sheets.
He had his thinking cap on though and cut the wood at 7 7/8 so there was no waste. Each sheet yielded 6 planks. The specific plywood I got was not real think, but not as thin as luan. It was grade BC and was sanded. If I was to do this again, I probably would get a better grade that is super smooth, but for the look I was going after, I'm pleased.
My salt and lumber (sweet smelling wood) were thrown into the SUV right after I texted Hubs a photo. He just laughed with (!!!!) because this is not surprising to him at all. I love this man who let's me try out all sorts of projects even if they sound a little hair brained.
Once home, I sanded the boards down a little more and flipped them so the worst side was face up. I primed them all with Kilz Oil Based primer and a roller. I was afraid of some wood bleeding through so that is why I tried the oil. My first time. At this point, I really didn't have an opinion other than I though it dried a little more tacky than latex primer. It could have been that it was humid out too.
I don't know if I needed to prime the backs, but I just felt that I needed to. If I was to do it over with the smoother wood, I probably wouldn't. I let the rest of the weekend go while spending time with family and jumped back in this past week. I ended up installing the planks in a completely different room than I intended.Yes my mind changes on the fly like that. I'm glad I did though! More to follow.
Did you tackle any crazy projects lately?
Go into a big box store for one thing and come out with a cart full?