Long before my upstairs office addition was completed I dreamed of having a huge feature wall we could use as a backdrop for photos. One of my requirements for the space was lots and lots of natural light, the back wall of the room is windowless and 22 feet long, perfect for a backdrop. A friend of mine suggested I look into Stikwood and I absolutely fell in love with their product!
If you've never heard or seen Stikwood let me fill you in, they are the lightest, thinnest reclaimed wood planks ever. These are not wood pallets you get from Home Depot, they are made from reclaimed and sustainable woods sourced from various locations in the U.S.
Installation: First I recruited my friends, while looking through the Stikwood Instagram I came across a photo where someone mixed all the colors they offered for a very eclectic look, which I loved and had to recreate! The couple at Stikwood figured up exactly how much of each color I would need when I ordered. We were concerned about laying the colors out evenly enough to not have any weird spots so we decided to lay it out on the ground first to 'test' it.
We probably overthought this color layout too much to be honest, once we got going we didn't even stick with this design.
Actually putting the planks on the wall was super easy, just peel and stick, the sticky parts had no issue adhering to the wall and even when we had to pull one off and readjust it didn't tear up the wall at all.
Now everything we read said to start in the middle, for some reason that I can't recall now, we all decided to start in the upper corner. Don't do that, mmmmkay? Just trust me.
You DO need to make best friends with your level, leveling everything is critical to it coming out right in the end. Given that the wall was 22 feet long we got a little lazy with the leveling somewhere in the middle and we had a few gaps at the end of the wall.
When you are putting them on you need to be really sure to get them as flush with the planks above as you can! I really love how each plank is different, no two are exactly alike, we would pick one up and be like 'ohhhhhhh this one is my fav' and two minutes later 'just kidding, THIS one is!' ahahahah.
When I had to make cuts I would just label the wall and the back of the board, then put them to the side. You can cut them with an exacto knife, but it's easier with a saw.
I recruited a little help for around the outlets, Oliver also fixed my life by filling in the gaps I had at the end. See, that's why he's my husband, he's so patient and is good at the things I'm not so good at, little details.
Overall it took us a weekend to complete and turned out even better than I imagined, it's perfect for the space. Oliver loves it so much he told me to get some more and use it downstairs under our bar area.
Even better that it's working out perfectly as a backdrop for Ollie Marie clothing! We are going to be really glad we have this when it's 200 degrees outside this summer.