Love the look of wood throughout your home but can afford it. Here are 5 budget-friendly ways to add wood planks to your home.
When we designed our homes budget was the main thing I worried about. If it were up to my husband my home would look like a log cabin inside and we would be over budget. So I took charge and told my hubby there are lessons to be learned from building our previous homes.
Our first home, I let him take over and we ended with a home that had to much wood. This was during the downturn back in 2006. It was our first custom home and he wanted BIG. I wanted small, being that laid back gal I was we didn’t get divorced. 🙂
Our second home I was super excited to sit down with my husband and have a talk with him. We had to agree on one thing that we are in this together. He agreed.
1. Add wood planks in specific areas in your home
I truly feel less is more. We started with a blank canvas. You don’t have to go overboard and have every wall have wood. To add some distinction to walls and ceilings We decided to add wood planks in specific spots such as the kitchen walls around the counter. I love the look of the white painted wall combined with wood planks. My builder Reclamation By Design suggested the MDF board is less expensive than real wood planks which are labor-intensive to put up.
I went to a few homes under construction in the area and noticed there were some flaws from the MDF board they used. It can actually bubble up if it’s not installed correctly. I was convinced in the long run wood planks would be the best choice. I decided to spend a bit more and go with real wood, not the MDF my builder suggested.
My first choice for positioning the planks in the kitchen was vertical. I saw some vertical wall designs of kitchens in Pinterest and it looked great.
2. Add something unique such as horizontal wall planks going up the stairs
For the stairway, I love the horizontal look of the wood planks. I choose that for going up the stairs. It gives it a cozy and contemporary feel.
3. Add beadboard on half the walls
Instead of doing the entire walls with wood planks. You can save lots of money by just doing half the lower wall using beadboard. Beadboard is a row of narrow wood planks lined up vertically on the wall. It’s laid over the sheetrock. You can run it along a hallway.
4. Protect the walls by adding beadboard going up your stairs.
We added narrow strips of wood beadboard going up the stairs leading to the room above the garage that we converted into an apartment for guests. The final phase will be painting the wall planks white to give that simple and clean look. Staining them only made them look dark.
5. Create a rustic look by adding barn wood planks in the ceilings.
I love the look of wood ceilings and because I could not add afford to add them in all the ceilings we choose two rooms to add barn wood planks. The master bedroom and half bath. I have always wanted barn wood and this was one opportunity to have it in my home that was affordable.
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