The First Ever Metallic Wood Plank Wall

by | Aug 28, 2016

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My gorgeous plank wall all began in August of 2014.  I was contacted by the owner of local baby boutique called Nursery Couture.  She was working on a rustic/glam room design for a client.  They wanted a feature wall made of wood planks….but with a little added FANCY.  I had no idea when I accepted this job that it would be the most publicized project of mine EVER!

Let me introduce you to the ORIGINAL Metallic Wood Plank Wall!

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This plank wall has been pinned on Pinterest by the millions…..recreated by DIY’ers around the world…..copied by other businesses (including the Flip or Flop show)…..featured multiple times by Project Nursery….and was even in the local newspaper…..

Tracey's Metallic Wood Plank Wall in the newspaper
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Who would have ever known when I sat in this little corner all by myself painting these boards that this plank wall would become so popular!

Tracey working in the corner of her Metallic Wood Plank Wall
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Katy Mimari, the owner of Nursery Couture, had me design a plank wall in her shop after she saw the original completed project!  It is such a stunning feature wall!  I am not kidding when I tell you that anyone that sees this plank wall…..tries to decide where they can have a wall like it in their own home.

Jennifer Allwood of The Magic Brush (who is the creator of all things fabulous) put a metallic wood wall in her teenage son’s room for a rustic/industrial vibe.

The picture below is the plank wall we built in Nursery Couture……

Metallic Wood Plank Wall for boys nursery | Tracey's Fancy
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I honestly don’t know how many plank walls I have done in total!  I really wish I knew!  Let me tell you this….they are NOT for the faint of heart to construct!  And if I am to be totally honest they are exhausting.  So exhausting that I have tried to retire them TWICE!!!  But the request just keep coming in….and I have a really difficult time saying not to dollar signs…LOL!  This is how I feel sometimes when working on them….

Tracey Building her Metallic Wood Plank Wall
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When you see a plank wall….just know that each and every board has been hand selected in its raw form, purchased and loaded and unloaded, measured and marked, cut, painted, hand sanded (as you can see in the video clip below), packaged for shipment, and delivered to the shipper.  It DOES not just jump up on that wall by itself!  If it is a local wall….we then install the plank wall for our client.

 

 

But this is how I feel when I receive payment for completing them…..

Tracey's Metallic Wood Plank Wall
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The room below I actually traveled to do…for an NBA player who was expecting a baby boy!!!

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What makes this particular plank wall so special???  I believe it is the first feature wall that allows a little glam to be placed into a BOYS room!!!  Let’s face it!  Decorating for boys is difficult!  I know this personally…..I raised two of them myself!  I LOVED decorating rooms for them….but it was always a stretch!  This wall is rustic!  The metallic silver can be seen as a little sparkle if you are using it in a nursery for a baby boy….but it can also be seen as industrial for older boys and be used with galvanized steel and metal. However, you will probably need a plasma cutter to cut metal like this – I would go for either the Hobart or Hypertherm model. It is versatile…and can grow from baby boy to young man.

The plank wall has gown since 2014.  I have since designed walls in this exact same color for master bedrooms, media rooms and several kick plate walls under bar tops.

I have done the plank wall in golds and browns for a rustic/glam sitting room….

Rustic Metallic Wood Plank Wall in Browns
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This plank wall was also done in pinks, silver AND gold for a baby girl nursery (the goofy carpenter in this photo is my adorable son-in-law).

Metallic Wood Plank Wall in Pink and Silver
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And recently I was asked to do an OUTDOOR version of my plank wall in a crossfit gym!  This was my first RAW version without any glam at all.

A Crossfit gym's wood plank wall
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Wood Wall Gallery

Click on any photo to get a closer look at the rooms and the wall designs.

I love receiving photos of their rooms after they have installed it themselves! Nowadays it seems to be a huge trend to have photographers come into the baby nurseries and photograph newborns IN their room….and that has been a huge bonus for me! I get some fabulous photos from clients!!! Overall….it has been a wonderful adventure!

Thanks as always,

XXOO Tracey

Please pin my metallic wood plank wall so your followers can drool …. and follow me on Pinterest!  And to see of my original painted designs, subscribe to my blog!!!

Pin it: The Original Metallic Plank Wal | Tracey's Fancy
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29 Comments

  1. Heather

    It’s easy to see why this is such a popular item, Tracey…

    Not only is the finished product absolutely drool-worthy (in all the permutations shown) – it’s obvious that the amount of design expertise, thoughtful planning, attention to detail and love that infuses each and every plank is second-to-none!

    Much respect to you for answering a need in the human psyche that yearns for just the right blend of rustic + sophisticated. Nobody does it better!

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  2. Nicole

    I had never even considered how much WORK a plank wall would be!!! They are each fabulous in their own right and it’s no wonder you are the “Go-to” for a customized designer looks.
    Can you even imagine the envy they create with-in family and friend circles? <3

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you so much sweet Nicole! I really felt led to share the hardwork that goes into these walls! It means so much to know you took the time to ready my little soap box! LOL! XOXO

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  3. Mikel Goon

    What paint do you use for the metallic silver?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      I use Modern Masters for my metallic paints.

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      • Meg Van Schaik

        is there a special technique that you use when applying the Modern Masters? –I really like the shade of gold you used on one of these plank walls and would like to replicate it (the color/tone) for crown molding and trim in my daughter’s bedroom

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        • Tracey Bellion

          Hi Meg….I just apply with a regular paint brush! I am not sure which gold planks you are referring to….as I also use gold leafing. Feel free to email me at tbellion@hotmail.com if you have more questions.
          Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Mary Taylor

    Are your walls glued on or nailed or screwed on? If its screwed or nailed is it just in the drywall? Or do you use a combination glue and screws since it would be hard to get a stud on each plank.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello. We recommend using screws and also suggest marking your studs prior….then attempt to anchor each board to at least one stud.

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  5. Sonja Cross

    Tracy, Love, Love!! Questions for you. I live in Nashville, TN. and I’m currently working on a remodeling job for a large company. I’m interested in talking to you about your work, price and time it takes to finish a project wall. Can you finish the wood planks and ship and we could attach to the walls ourselves? Please contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Sonja Cross

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Sonja,
      I just left you a voicemail and sent an email. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss this project!
      Thanks for reaching out,
      Tracey

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  6. Tabitha K

    This is beautiful. What wood do you use?

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  7. JoAnn McCollum

    Hi Tracey, Love your wall. Id love to put one in my salon….Question, Do you seal or glaze the wall after you paint?
    Thanks!
    JoAnn

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi JoAnn,
      I don’t usually seal the boards…as they are most often distressed….and the sander has ground the paint deeply into the boards. But if it were going to be in an area that would need wiping off or cleaning regularly….I would probably seal. I hope that helps! THanks for being here! I appreciate it so much!

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  8. Kim Johnson

    I’m really loving the wood walls. I recently did one in my living room but am loving your colors. Would you ever share the colors and brands you used? Thanks a lot.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Kim! I don’t mind sharing at all….but every wall is custom color matched to my clients existing room decor and fabrics. Most of my blues/grays/whites/pinks come from Heirloom Traditions collection. My metallics are from Modern Masters. Anything that looks stained is also form Heirloom Traditions Paint….either their wood stain or the aurora staining gels. I hope that helps!

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      • J.certosimo

        Hi tracy,I would like to do a plank wall above my big tub in bath room.i have a wall size 59″ wide x 77″ in and length.do you have a kit for this project.or can you tell me what paints you used thank you j.

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        • Tracey Bellion

          I do have a kit! I can make the wall based on your measurements and color scheme and ship it directly to you to install. If you would like to email me at tbellion@hotmail.com we can talk more about it! Thanks!

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  9. Kim Johnson

    Thanks. I’m really liking and the colors in the wall you did with the lit up ‘C’. Do you remember which ones those were?

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  10. Shirley

    So funny I came upon your blog. I am in the process of adding a plank wall to my living room and was on Pinterest looking for how different people assemble their walls by color. Basically so you don’t end up with too many planks of one color in one area. So simply put, how to space out the colors. I had to laugh when I came across this glowing painted wall because I am using glam in my wall but in a totally different way than you did. It’s going to take me some time to get mine finished as I am older and doing this alone but when I finish I will show you my version. I LOVE your version for sure. I guess this is why we all have our own creative minds!

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  11. Samantha

    Can i order the plank wall? Do you sell it already painted?
    If so where can I order it

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Samantha! I emailed you to your personal account. Be sure to check your junk folder for my email. Thanks!!

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  12. Brittany

    These walls are so beautiful! You are very talented. May I ask what kind of wood it is that you use for the planks? Thanks in advance!!!

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  13. Kari

    Can you please email me all the information for your amazing walls

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  14. Rebekah

    Can you share what colors you used for the NBA nursery? So pretty!

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  15. Lynn Chamberlain

    Your work is amazing! Could you please tell what colors on the pallet wall you did in ‘nursery couture’. Thankyou Lynn

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Lynn! I used Dixie Belle Paints: Soft Pink, Burlap, Fluff, Manatee Gray, & Mason Dixon Gray. You can see more details on my nursery wall blog HERE. Dixie Belle Paints really are the best!

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  16. Adam Byron

    Can you share what colors you used for the GTS nursery? So pretty!

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  17. Jody

    BEAUTIFUL and so creative!

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