Revitalize the way that your kitchen looks by refurbishing your current wooden kitchen walls, or installing some new ones. Wooden walls bring a rustic flair to any kitchen, making it feel cozy and appealing. Wood is also a very hard wearing substance, and one that is easy to keep in good condition - if you know how.
Different types of wood that can be used on walls
Choose hard and dark woods such as oak and mahogany for a deep coloured and durable wall. Opt for lighter woods such as pine if you want a more spacious and airy look for your kitchen. Be aware the lighter woods are more decorative and darker woods are both decorative and hard wearing.
The beauty of a natural grain
When selecting wooden panels for your kitchen wall, pay attention to the grain of the wood. Natural grains look absolutely stunning, and to get the best possible effect it is crucial to line the panels up in a way that lines up the grain patterns of each panel as well.
Cutting and shaping your panels
If you are seeking a convenient option, simply purchase ready cut panels. However, a circular saw, router, or regular hand held saw will also help you to get the wooden panels down to the right size and shape for your kitchen. Make sure to cut them properly in tricky areas such as corners.
Preparing the panels for installation
Sand any rough edges down carefully. Splinters sticking out at the top of a panel can look so unattractive, and will make it look like you are doing a rough and ready job on your kitchen wall. Choose the finest possible grade of sandpaper for the job to avoid substantially altering the height of the panel.
How to fix the wooden panels in place
Use either a brad nailer or a finish nailer to nail the wooden panels together to make the wall. Nails look very attractive and are also longer lasting than adhesives. Using these automatic nailers is also easier on your hands and arms compared to manual nailing: particularly if you have a large wall to deal with!
Finishing the wall
Now, it's time to apply a finish to the wood so that it will be long lasting. A clear waterproof sealant is great for preventing the panels from swelling and staining with damp. Alternatively, paint the panels with a matte or glossy color that appeals to you. This will cover the natural grain but could look great.
The safety of your panels
Some homeowners are worried about using wood in their home interiors as it is a flammable substance. However, treating your wooden panels with a colorless fire retardant coating will help to solve this problem. Many common varnishes are fire retardant in and of themselves anyway.
Now you are ready to enjoy your wood paneled kitchen.
Nothing is so cozy and delightful as relaxing in a wood paneled kitchen. Think cozy log cabin and you have got a good idea of this aesthetic!