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Pinterest Challenge: how to fake a plank wall

Pinterest Challenge: how to fake a plank wall

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Each month Erlene from My Pinterventures hosts the Pinterest Challenge to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! I enjoy this group because it’s so diverse from recipes, crafts, holiday decor, and more. There’s always something for everyone.

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Adding farm style faux plank wall appeal to garden style bathtub base

Last month I shared how I made personalized blanket ladders which you can check out here. I had signed up for February’s challenge without really knowing what I was going to try. I was cleaning our master bath and before I knew it, I had the paint out and was giving our vintage mirror a new look.

On a side note, I don’t know what I am doing wrong with my bathroom photos. I have the hardest time getting good shots. Always seems to throw off these weird shadows/reflections. Maybe the mirrors? If anyone has some pointers, I would love to learn what to do differently :>)

vintage mirror before black painted frame.jpg
black framed vintage mirror.jpg

Well, if you know the story of the Old Lady Who s\Swallowed the Fly…, one thing led to another and I was painting over the grew stripes behind the vanity mirror. Which lead to me thinking about the pin from The Wicker House where Emily used a black colored pencil to create a plank look on her dining room walls.

And I thought, why not try that on the base of our “beautiful” garden tub? It was about five years ago I painted the stripe. Even then the tub had hints of sun damage. Not sure what I’m going to do about that but that’s another story.

Before  garden tub’s fake plank base.

Before garden tub’s fake plank base.

Before you dive into a DIY project, revisit the tutorials!

I probably, delete that, should have read through her post prior to my method because it had been a while.

Rather than use a pencil, I used a black paint pen.

And, let’s just say, it didn’t work out too well.

The lines were NOT smooth.

The pen stopped working mid-way through the project.

I think it was because of two things. One, I used chalk paint because it dries faster and two, because I am impatient (hence the chalk paint), the paint may not have been entirely dry.

After garden tub fake plank look

After garden tub fake plank look

Since I was already pot committed I decided to use a small paint brush and paint the rest of the lines. Those are the lines on the left next to our black faux butter churner turned toilet paper storage container.

So to camouflage the line imperfections, I decided to dry brush some grey over the top to make it look more like wood.

add farmstyle charm to tub area with painted shiplap.jpg

Then I dried brushed some white to blend the colors together.

Before I sealed the paint with Rust O-leums top coat sealer for chalk paint, I caulked the trim areas.

diy farmstyle bathroom.jpg

Not sure how I feel about the final look. My husband really likes it. He thought it actually looked like wood. In person, and at first glance, I can see that. But I don’t know if I can live with the imperfections.

I am glad I tried it though because I have been looking at something similar for our kitchen backsplash. I now know what not to do LOL.

That’s DIYing for ya.


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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene - My Pinterventures • Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts Debbee - Debbee's BuzzBri - Halfpint Design • Julie - Sum of their Stories T'onna - Sew Crafty CrochetBeverly - Across the Boulevard • Debra - Shoppe No. 5 Roseann - This Autoimmune LifeCherryl - Farm Girl Reformed Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever AfterKelley - Simply Inspired Meals Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen •Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey Kristie - Teadoddles • Gail - Purple Hues and MeAshley - Emory Farm Kristie - Love My Little Cottage • Crissy - First Day of Home Habiba - Craftify My Love • Marie - The Inspiration Vault • Emily - Domestic Deadline Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Maria - Simple Nature Decor Alexandra - Eye Love Knots • Lynne - My Family Thyme Marci - Stone Cottage Adventures Susan - SuzerSpace • Kim - Kimspired DIY • Pili - My Sweet Things Kelli - K's Olympic Nest • Erin - The DIY Nuts • Shirley - Intelligent Domestications

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