25Sep

Distressed Painted White Wood Wall DIY

Back in December we experienced a blessing and a curse.  It started with a funky smell in my cabinet and ended with my floors being torn up from a water leak.  The insurance paid for new floors, so I decided to go a totally different direction from the dark hardwood that we had and chose a very light gray toned wood.

With the big change, I started re-thinking the dark wood walls we had previously installed.  I blogged all about them here.

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We had to decide what we were going to do about these walls while we were moved out of the house.  I went back and forth and eventually decided to have them painted white.  Here’s what the end result looks like…and I’ll tell you about the road it took to get there!

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After living with the walls a solid white color, we decided it needed a little texture.  And, to be honest, we just missed the warmth of the previous wood wall.

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The first thing we did was add a rug.  My brother bought it in the Middle East and the colors and textures were perfect with the white.  After that, I found some kilim at the flea market and changed up the pillows to match.  Next we sanded the wall.  We just used a regular orbital sander with heavy duty sand paper.  It took a LONG time, like all day.  It ended up being too contrast-y, so I went over the top of it with liming wax.  It covered most of the dark wood and the end result was a very muted distressed white wall.

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After we got the wall how we wanted, I played around with an installation above the pillows.  I hung the felt hearts above last February, and it got me thinking about what else I could hang.  I settled on a rough fabric and yarn creation.  The fabrics were purchased in downtown LA and it’s just a combination of knots with denim, linen, yarn and rope.

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The last addition was the blanket at the end of the bed.  I bought a piece of wool and just added yarn pom-poms to the edge.  Perfect!

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