Sunday, July 3, 2016

DISTRESSED, CRACKLED WOOD ACCENT WALLS



My coat closet finished in Timeline White Skinnies.
Purchase at Amazon or direct from Timeline. Curtain and rod from
Bed Bath and Beyond
I'm taking a quick break from discussions of publishing to dig into another love of mine; decor and rehabbing. My aim is to share whatever quirks and materials intrigue me. Feel free to leave comments... this enquiring mind wants to know. More publishing posts will resume shortly.

Weathered wood... Its texture, color and pattern, its rustic charm, are a great addition to most interiors, whether to soften the crisp edges of contemporary or accentuate the cottagey. If used as a neutral, its natural feel and texture can anchor a room without coming off as imposing, or make an eye-popping statement. Timeline woods are available in several colors and finishes (finished with low VOC paint.) They range from natural wood tones to crackled red and blue, like this barn door... Wow!



I bought this product Timeline White Skinnies from Amazon (if out of stock try going direct to Timeline.) Given the location of my place near water, I wanted a rustic, cottagey, beachy accent wall to soften my decor which is mainly contemporary with a few hits of industrial: concrete floor, stainless railings. But I didn't want to overwhelm my rather small house, which is just 700 square feet. I tend to lean toward minimalism, so for me the pattern can be a bit busy. If you are similarly inclined beware of overkill. A little goes a long way.If you prefer bold, go for it. 

The side and back exterior walls of the coat closet were the right proportion for an accent against my standard white walls (Behr Pure Whitematte finish with primer, the most neutral white I've found) and the matte concrete floor. I'm very happy with the result. 


Gorgeous as flooring...
specially finished to withstand foot traffic.
This distressed wood (it is real wood) bridges the gap between faux and realsince you're not trying to fool anyone into thinking you got a wall out of a barn and built your house around it, and it's real enough to not be taken for wallpaper because it is authentic weathered wood, sliced thin, and the crackled paint finish is random rather than a wallpaper's repetitive repeats.

Instead of a door, this curtain
which uncannily complements
the weathered wood, from
the sale bin at Bed Bath & Beyond
COST: Price-wise it runs a little over $4 a foot. 

INSTALLATION: It's a little over 1/8 inch thick and needs to be cut with a table saw or circular saw. My place was being renovated and I don't own the right saw so I had the carpenter on the job install it. He used liquid nails and finishing nails. He ran into some problems mitering an outside corner (the wood, being weathered, is not 100% flat.) Because of the rustic quality of the product, the unevenness didn't bother me, but he likes things to line up perfectly, so most pictures online show it horizontal, I had him install it vertically. But if installing it as a full wall, its uneven surface character shouldn't affect installation.


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