Ok you guys have been asking and asking and I’m finally dishing all the deets on the wood wall in our laundry room! It was definitely a labor of love but actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I knew I wanted something unique above the floating bench and after tons and tons of research and brainstorming I got the perfect idea and was determined to make it come to life. The laundry room was definitely a group effort between me, Dan and my FIL but this piece was something I made all on my own, and I’m pretty freakin proud of it. So here we go, let’s chat about this DIY Geometric Wood Feature Wall with Floating Bench.
Like any good project, it all started on Pinterest where I found this image from Bells and Whistles. Hellllooo gorgeous.
As soon as I saw it I knew this would be my inspiration. I just had to figure out how to make it. I had a pretty good idea of the how, I just wasn’t quite sure about what type of wood I should use. I was chatting with some of my bloggy friends and telling them my idea, and one of them shared this post with me from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. Goddess of all DIY. I love and follow her but somehow missed this post. It was essentially the same concept for what I wanted to make and as I kept reading, I realized she was inspired by the same exact space, just a different photo. Turns out I was just a year and a half late to the game 😉
SUPPLIES FOR FLOATING BENCH
So let’s start with the bench first and then I’ll get into the feature wall above it. I bought a piece of 3/4 inch plywood from Home Depot and had them cut it to the size we needed for the top of the bench. Then I also had them cut another piece from the same board that was the same length and about 6 inches wide.
Once that was dry I applied a couple coats of Poly.
Now to install the bench you want to measure up from the floor how high up the seat will be. Make a few marks that you can connect with your level.
For the back wall we used a 2×4 for the support and used a level to make sure it was straight. Then we screwed a few screws into the studs.
For the sides, since we were screwing into the cabinets (which are laminate and not real wood) we used some smaller pieces.
Because the laminate might not have the strongest hold, we used some nuts and bolts to give it some extra support.
If your space was smaller and this was going to be more of a bench for show, you could just put your one piece of plywood on top of your supports and be good to go, but since this bench was actually going to be used a lot, we needed it to be strong. We had another piece of plywood left from the board they cut for us that we put down first.
We put the stained piece on top of that and it was still pretty shaky and sank pretty bad in the middle. So we decided to lay a couple 2x4s across it as well.
We drilled those into the existing supports and then laid the stained top down. Then we used these brackets so we would have something to screw the front piece into. We used four all together.
Once those were screwed in, the front piece was pretty secure but we used our nail gun to shoot a couple extra nails in there on either end to make sure it stayed in place.
So if you just wanted a floating bench, there ya have it! But that bare wall was just screaming for something, so let’s move onto my pride and joy.
SUPPLIES FOR GEOMETRIC WOOD FEATURE WALL
I started out with plywood for this one too, but this time it was 1/2″ thick. Looking back 3/4″ probably would have been better, since it got so heavy once all the wood pieces were glued on, but it still worked just fine.
So I had my plywood cut to the size I wanted and then had to figure out what type of wood I was going to use to make the pattern. I think I was in Home Depot for about 2 hours that night ha. I even had my cart loaded up with thin pieces of poplar planks that were super light weight and would have worked great. But poplar has a weird yellow tint to it and they all kind of varied in color and I was scared they wouldn’t stain well. So I took those back to the shelf, and kept staring at more wood.
I ended up going with these 1x2x8 pieces of select pine. I bought 15 which was a total guess but ended up being the perfect amount.
Before I started building I planned out my design in Illustrator. I just kinda winged it and played around with different patterns. I started with the two symmetrical triangular designs on the ends and then went from there. I didn’t worry about angles at this point, I just needed something to work off of.
I printed this out and brought it outside with me so I had it on hand for easy reference. Then I got my pine boards, plywood and miter saw ready to go. I made all my cuts with this guy and they were all either 90° or 45° which made things pretty easy.
First things first was drawing two lines on the plywood marking the horizontal and vertical center to work from. Then I framed the plywood.
Then I started with the triangle pattern on one side. Start with one piece, and then grab another board and mark it’s size with a pencil so you know they’re the same. This will save you tons of time and help give you a guide for where to cut and know what angle you need. I used a scrap piece of wood that was a littler smaller than an inch thick to measure the spacing between each board.
Once this side was done, I measured each of these pieces against a new board and made pencil marks, so I could easily replicate the same design for the other side.
I wasn’t gluing my pieces as I went since I wanted to see how it all looked first, which was actually a good idea because I was able to use pieces as guides to replicate when I needed more than just one of the same size.
Once I did the other side with the triangles, I placed one long board straight down the middle which gave me the perfect piece to work off of. Then I just started adding in the rest of the boards, using my design I created as a reference.
Once you get in a groove it goes pretty quickly. And it’s so fun seeing it all come to life. I honestly had no idea how it was going to turn out, but once I started working, I got super stoked when I realized my idea was actually going to work and it was looking pretty freakin cool.
I probably finished all the cuts in about two hours which was wayyy faster than I thought it was going to take. I didn’t plan on leaving those flat areas like that, I was going to cut pieces of wood to fill them in, but I ended up really liking how it looked.
At this point nothing was glued down and I moved it into our garage to work on the next day. Probably the most productive nap time I’ve ever had ha. Eloise was cooperating that day 😉
Ok so the glue I used is amazing. And if you have a wood project coming up you have to use it. I discovered it at Haven this past summer and was blown away by it. It dries so fast and holds so well. It’s by DAP and it’s their Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive. I still used some small clamps along the way as I glued everything down, but only needed to leave them on there for a minute or so to make sure it bonded. I started with the frame along the outside and then did my triangles on either side and the long piece across the middle to make sure everything was centered and lined up from there. A couple pieces ended up being a little too short or too long so I adjusted them and luckily had a couple scraps left over to make new cuts.
Be careful your glue doesn’t glob out from under the boards because it dries super fast and it will look discolored when you stain over it.
I probably could have stained the plywood before everything else, but it was just easier to keep my pattern down, and pick up one piece at a time and glue it down. Once they were all glued, I went right into staining it. I found that using a couple of different sized black foam brushes was the easiest way to get into the crevices.
After some special walnut and golden oak I gave it one coat of poly and let it dry overnight. Then it was time to bring this baby inside! It fit like a glove, thank god, and we used the nail gun to put about 4-5 nails into the studs. You can hardly even see them but they were just enough support to hold it up against the wall.
I seriously couldn’t be more in love with it and have already been plotting more ways I can use a similar pattern/treatment somewhere else in our house. It gives our laundry room that unique touch I wanted and it’s even better knowing I made it all myself.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of our laundry room makeover if you missed it! I know that was a lot of info, so if I missed anything or didn’t explain something well, let me know!