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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Stacey who likes the idea of a wood accent on the stairway wall in her living room.

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I’ve had a hard time with the boys’ room. Especially the recessed wall that the boys’ beds are pushed up against. It’s the perfect spot for the bunk but I’ve always felt like it needed something. After I brought in the vintage dresser, I was pretty sure that something should be a warm-toned wood wall. But I didn’t want it to feel rustic. I just wanted it to balance out the wood tones on the other side of the room.

After a lot of searching, I came across Stikwood. (Btw, this post is NOT sponsored but I did ask Stikwood if they would be interested in doing a giveaway for you guys. Spoiler alert: They said yes!) Have you heard of it? Essentially, it’s peel-and-stick solid wood planks meant to be used on walls. There’s no nailing, no finish work. You simply measure, cut, peel, stick. I ordered a bunch of samples and quickly settled on the caramelized bamboo. It had the same warm tones as the dresser. I measured the wall (roughly 8′ x 8′) and ordered accordingly.

Even though the wood planks are VOC free, upon arrival the boxes had a smell to them. I sat them in the garage for several weeks to off-gas since we were in no rush to install them.

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Once the smell had dissipated, I brought the boxes into the boys’ room to acclimate. Can you see them under the dresser? Last weekend we finally got around to installation.

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We pulled the beds into the center of the room and unloaded the wall. Steve used painter’s tape on the black wall to note the placement of the sconces and shelves. He took a few measurements and wrote them on the tape for reference later.

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We decided that Steve would be the measurer and installer; I would be the cutter. I hooked up our Ryobi flooring saw (the same one we used to cut and install all the flooring in the house) to the vacuum to keep the sawdust mess to a minimum.

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You can read how-to instructions and see a video here but I wanted to share a few in-progress shots of our own.

1 – It was important to us that there be a full plank at the ceiling (since it would be visible) so we worked from the top of the wall to the bottom. The first plank we installed was actually one row down in the middle of the wall. There are three peel-and-stick adhesive strips that run the length of each plank on the back. To install a measured and cut-to-size plank, you simply peel away two of the protectors, fold over a short section of the third protector, place and level the plank, then remove the remaining third protector with the plank in place. This allows some room for adjustment when placing the planks. We didn’t use any of the fancy installation tools that Stikwood offers but we did find a rubber mallet to be helpful to achieve a snug fit.

2 – Once the first plank was in place, things moved along swiftly. We were careful to vary the lengths and seam placement. It was the most uneventful project we’ve completed in a while. That might make for a boring blog post but it was super nice not having any unexpected problems arise.

3 – We had the wall knocked out (figuratively speaking) in one afternoon. Instant gratification! We lucked out and ended up with a full plank at the baseboard so I didn’t have to make any cuts length-wise and we only had to work around one outlet. The most difficult part of the entire project was rehanging the sconces and shelves but even that wasn’t too bad. We were worried that we might have to put up some type of trim in the corners but I brought my A-game to the flooring saw and made precise cuts so no trim!

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Everyone LOVES the wood wall. Steve thinks it makes the room look bigger. He says you can now tell that the wall is set back from the rest of the room. The boys say it feels like they’re sleeping in a cabin when the bed curtains are drawn at night. I heard the word “cozy” come out of Layne’s mouth. I think the wall is the perfect balance to the large wood dresser on the other side of the room. And I like the contrast between the warm wood and white beds. There’s probably some rule against two accent walls in one room but it’s a kids’ room. Who cares.

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I don’t know if it’s our age or the sheer exhaustion from being in (what has felt like) perpetual renovation mode for the last 2+ years or what, but Steve and I are slowly warming up to products that promise quick and easy results – even if they cost more. Stikwood is definitely quick & easy. It’s also made in the USA, high quality and eco-friendly. The only drawback is the cost, but you get what you pay for. To help ease the sticker shock, Stikwood is kindly offering up a gift card today. See entry details below.

PRIZE: one $280 gift card to Stikwood plus a complimentary samples set

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a shipping address (no P.O. boxes please) within the U.S. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Sign up for Stikwood’s newsletter here then leave a comment on this post sharing which plank you would use and where. (The entire time we were installing the planks, I kept telling Steve “Wouldn’t this be great for a TV wall? Just picture it with a flatscreen and floating console.)

DEADLINE: Enter before 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 18th. One random winner will be announced Friday, December 19th.

Good luck!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

265 Comments

11.December.2014

Honey or Mocha would add so much character to our finished attic. Love them all.

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11.December.2014

I’d do the reclaimed barrel oak in our entryway! I’ve looked into DIY techniques for this wall treatment before but this seems easy!

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11.December.2014

Question for you, I have always wondered this, its the same issue when laying flooring. How do you decide where to stagger it and place the seams, is it just random, and you make sure it is varied, or is there some sort of pattern to it? Thank you

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replied on December 11th, 2014

So these planks came in 1′ to 4′ lengths but they aren’t “random length.” The easiest way for us to get a random pattern is to vary the length of the first plank at the beginning of each row (except for the very first plank we installed, we worked left to right) and watch our vertical seams as we go. For instance, we might start one row with a full 4′ plank then use various lengths to finish out that row. For the next row, we’d start with a shorter (than 4′) plank and use various lengths to finish that row, all the while, keeping tabs on where the seams are in the nearest rows above and trying to stagger them in the row we’re currently working on. It helps to reuse some of the leftovers from previous cuts. Does that make sense?

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11.December.2014

I would do the exact same thing! Bamboo in my son’s room – it’s got an animal/Hawaiian theme to it and one wall desperately needs some texture. I was going to do an accent wall with a stencil but this would be so much better!

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11.December.2014

This is absolutely beautiful! I know exactly where I would put this! I would use the reclaimed weathered wood in our family room on the TV wall (great idea, thanks!).

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11.December.2014

reclaimed barrel oak in the basement. We are getting ready to makeover the room. It would look so cool behind the built-in my husband is planning on building!

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11.December.2014

the reclaimed weathered wood grey in our guest room

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11.December.2014

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for to put in my older son’s bedroom! Thanks for sharing. Do you think it would work on textured walls? I’d go with the reclaimed weathered wood.

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replied on December 12th, 2014

I don’t believe it is recommended for textured walls :(

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11.December.2014

I would absolutely use the reclaimed barrel oak for my tv wall! or I would do the adjacent wall (with a resin buffalo skull) and do a gallery wall around my tv.

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11.December.2014

I would choose the reclaimed weathered wood and use it in my boys shared room.

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11.December.2014

Love this!! This is so perfect for my house! I love the sea foam and the sandstone colors. And when I subscribed to the newsletter, I see that they’re located in my county! How cool!

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11.December.2014

Love the look! I’d use the reclaimed weathered grey in our master bedroom! When we moved in months ago I had visions of doing a planked wall so I left one wall in its cracked, leftover wallpaper paste state and only painted the other three walls. Needless to say, it’s still a nightly reminder of my ongoing to do list! And yes, I have greatly come to appreciate those ‘done in an afternoon’ projects!

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11.December.2014

The reclaimed weathered gray would be so perfect in my office!

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11.December.2014

This seems like something I could do! I’m digging the Sandstone one. I need something to help my small home feel more interesting. That’s why I like this blog. It’s a small 50’s home!

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12.December.2014

I like the Carmelized bamboo, possibly for our upcoming basement update…

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12.December.2014

Love this product. I think my master bedroom. Maybe the family room…real claimed Sierra gd is beautif.

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12.December.2014

I would use it to cover a furniture piece.

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12.December.2014

I’d love to use the Reclaimed Sierra Gold on a wall in the living room – my gentleman friend and I just moved in together and are tackling a lot of projects. This would bring some great charm into our standard-box condo!

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12.December.2014

I would LOVE this!!!! I think I would choose reclaimed weathered white for our kids shared room! So super cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

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12.December.2014

I would do the reclaimed weathered white in my mudroom/back hallway. I love the look! Been eyeing up planked walls but this seems so much easier.

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12.December.2014

I would use it for an accent wall in the master bedroom!

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12.December.2014

Reclaimed weather wood on the back wall of my husbands home office. It is the first wall you see from the doorway, and it would look awesome in wood!

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12.December.2014

I love the Reclaimed barrel oak. I would use it on the focal wall in our small bedroom. Thanks for sharing. A wood wall is on my list of condo projects to be done!

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12.December.2014

Oh, this is so funny. I’m going to show this post to MY son. I’ve been wanting to do this in his room for a while, but he is just resistant to change. Oh, well. I hope this would change his mind! If he does, I’ll let him pick which one. :)

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12.December.2014

This is so cool! I would love to see the samples, but at first glance I’d use sand stone for a baby nursery.

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12.December.2014

i have been looking at this product for months for one of my kids rooms – thanks for the tutorial! I love the weathered barrel oak.

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12.December.2014

i would do a backsplash or kids room! love it!!!

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12.December.2014

I have been dying to do a plank wall in my son’s room but haven’t had the time. This would be PERFECT!

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12.December.2014

That looks terrific! What an ideal spot to use it. This stuff is pretty amazing – I would LOVE to use the Caramel in our living room on the “TV wall”. I think it would really pick up the cedar beam dividing our living room and kitchen, and the cedar plank shelf my husband made above my sink. Gorgeous!

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12.December.2014

Reclaimed weathered wood!

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12.December.2014

I love how this turned out. Color accent walls are great but textured accent walls are even better. I’ve been eyeing stikwood for awhile and would use either the bamboo or weathered white to bring some life to my upstairs hallway.

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I’ve been eyeing some of their weathered planks for our sunroom ceiling. Not the most orthodox, but it could be fun!

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12.December.2014

I love the Reclaimed Sierra Gold! I’d use it on our fireplace wall with a cool mantle.

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12.December.2014

Oh wow. I’d love to use the Plum finish in our Master as an accent wall/headboard.

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12.December.2014

I would buy Reclaimed Weathered Wood Gray and install it around my boys closet.

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12.December.2014

I have wanted the reclaimed barrel oak for my kitchen back splash for quite some time! I need some warmth added and have not pulled the trigger, this would sure help!

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12.December.2014

I had never heard of this company but I love there products. We are currently finishing our basement and I think this would make an excellent accent wall without making it look too rustic or country-looking.

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12.December.2014

I love this! We are doing our nursery right now, and I’d love to have an accent wall behind the crib. I really love the reclaimed Sierra Wood. I’m going for a rustic modern look and I think this would be perfect!

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12.December.2014

Not sure which I would use but we’re redoing a basement and know we could use it down there!

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12.December.2014

I’d love to put the reclaimed weathered wood gray in my wash room or behind my desk like you did with your planked desk area.

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12.December.2014

I love the caramelized bamboo!

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12.December.2014

Id love to use the reclaimed weathered wood in my mudroom with a row of hooks.

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12.December.2014

I would use the reclaimed weathered wood in powder room …. also would love to put behind TV wall and boy’s room. Love this look

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12.December.2014

What an awesome product! I can’t decide if I would use this as a faux headboard or if I would put it on a strange floating wall that my TV is on in the living room. I think I’d probably go with the reclaimed barrel oak finish. Love all of the options though!

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12.December.2014

I would use the reclaimed barrel oak in our guest room as a focal wall. Right now it’s pretty bare and I think that this would really perk it up!

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12.December.2014

Reclaimed barrel oak! My home office!!

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12.December.2014

i would do the reclaimed weathered wood on the wall behind my bed!

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12.December.2014

TV wall in my basement!

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12.December.2014

or my kitchen backsplash

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12.December.2014

oooh, this looks great! I love that it has a cabin feel.
I love the caramel and the honey and would probably use one of them on our bedroom wall behind the bed.

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