Do you love the look of a plank wall? I do and I have been wanting one in my house but the wall I want to do it on is not ready for that, so they will have to wait. Because I am always trying to find a prefect place to add some planking to our home, why not in the kitchen?
We planned on leaving the cabinet above our fridge open but wanted to give it more detail then just an open cabinet. We thought about painting it a different color but we also had the problem of hiding this anchor, its holding the electrical to the house, it should probably stay.
After thinking about our options, I decided on adding planking to the cabinet. YAY, I finally have some planking in my house!
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-1/4″ plywood or MDF
– 3/4″-1″ finishing nails
– liquid nails (optional)
– wood filler
– sand paper
– paint & primer
– miter saw
– circular saw (you could have it cut at the hardware store)
– Kreg Rip Cut (you would use this with the circular saw)
– air compressor
– caulk gun
– paint brush & roller
– putty knife
– nickels (yes it’s a tool today!)
TIP: I have used both 1/4″ plywood & MDF and the MDF does not splinter like plywood but plywood is cheaper. I used plywood for this project because I had enough on hand, making this project FREE for me!!
This first part was covering up the anchor on my wall, so you probably can skip this part, but I wanted to share how I did it. To fix the problem, I placed 1/2″ pieces of plywood around the anchor, then applied liquid nails to hold it in place.
After letting that dry overnight, I was ready to install the planking.
First, I measured the distance between each shelf to give me an idea of how wide I wanted my planks. I decided to have 3 rows between each shelf, I did plan on a 1/16″-1/8″ gap in-between each row (space of one nickel). I then decided to cut my 1/4″ plywood at 4″ strips. Remember I was using scraps I had on hand so one shelf has 4 rows because of the size of pieces I had but I like the look of the 3 better.
Next I measured the distance/length of the back of the cabinet and cut the pieces according to that, I did check every piece to make sure it fit into the space and I adjusted if needed. After everything was cut into strips, I sanded the edges and fronts with #220 grit sandpaper. Once I was done sanding, I wiped all the wood with a clean cloth and washed the cabinets.
Now I could install the wood to the back of the cabinet. To do this, I added a bead of liquid nails onto the back of the plank (this is optional).
Starting at the bottom of one shelf, place a nickel (or penny) flat on the shelf right next to the back of the cabinet (I placed 3 nickels along the shelf). Then I placed the plank on the back of the cabinet, using the nickel to space it from the shelf. Now I added some finishing nails to the plank to hold it in place. For the next row, I again added liquid nails than spaced the plank a nickel away from the other plank and nailed into place. When I was using more than more plank board to get the length of the cabinet, I placed the sides of the boards flush together. I continued this process for the rest of the cabinets. And I was left with this.
Next I added wood filler to just the nail holes, after it dried I sanded with #220 grit sandpaper. After cleaning the cabinet with a vacuum and clean dry cloth, I then added caulk around the planks that touched the cabinet sides.
Once the caulk dried, it was time for paint and primer. I did 2 coats of primer and 4 coats of paint, I used this same method to apply the paint, here. I also decided to add 2 coats of Polycrylic, see how I painted the inside of the rest of my kitchen cabinets here.
And here is my planked kitchen cabinets.
What do you think? Can you see why I wanted to add it to all my cabinets? Stay tuned for the rest of our kitchen makeover.