How To Install A Reclaimed Wood Wall
To start, make sure that your surface is relatively flat, smooth, clean, dust-free, and structurally sound. Painting the wall or ceiling a color similar to your wood is an optional step, this will help camouflage any knot holes or slight gaps between boards.
We recommend starting your wood wall installation at the top or bottom of your wall. Prior to starting, check to make sure the area where you will begin your first row is level.
Reclaimed wood varies in texture and color hues. We recommend laying out 1-2 packs of planks prior to installation to see how the different boards will look together when put up on your wall.
Do not remove banding from material that you do not plan on installing that day.
There may be small knot holes and/or slight gaps between panels. If you didn't paint your wall ahead of time, a sharpie can be used to color in these spaces.
Apply construction adhesive (Liquid Nails or similar) to the backs of the planks. Keep the adhesive away from the edges of the reclaimed wood planks so the adhesive won’t ooze past the edges once applied to your wall. A continuous “S” pattern or squiggle line works best.
Secure With Nails
Place the board flush with your selected straight edge (floor, ceiling, or reference line). While holding the board in place, put nails in the four corners approximately 1/2 inch from the edge of the board. The nails will keep the reclaimed wood from warping or cupping as the adhesive sets.
Repeat step 5 with the next board. Continue until you reach the edge of your wall or ceiling. Remember to stagger your reclaimed wood planks so the ends of your boards don’t line up and create seams that are too close together. A good rule of thumb is to keep the edges of the planks at least 8 inches apart from row to row.
When finishing a row, keep the cut piece. This piece can be used to start your next row, or fill gaps later on in the project.
Repeat Until Complete
Repeat steps 1-6 until your wall or ceiling is completely covered by your reclaimed wood planks.