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Let’s Build a Wall Part 3: A Nice Frame to Hang on.

This post is brought to you by the letter B, for Boyfriend.

John wrote the steps in this section;

Steps for a Great Set of Doors

1.     First step is to figure out what size you want your doors to be, height, length and width.

2.     Draw a blueprint of the door.  Even though it is simple, this step always helps me.  Important: Do NOT forget to account for the width of the wood when drawing out your frame, and measure your masonite so you can assure that you are building it appropriately.  Hardware stores materials are typically a bit bigger than they quote on the signs, so you can make a couple of cuts and still get what you are looking for, so ensure the materials you are buying match your desired dimensions.

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3.     Lay out all the wood and start putting it all together.  Use wood glue and the appropriate sized screws or staples, depending on your wood length.  We used 2” x 2” wood (which is actally 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”), so 3” drywall screws worked out great.  Try to build it as square as possible.

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4.     It should be relatively stable, but don’t worry if it does not feel overly secure at this time.

5.     Apply a layer of glue to the top and lay down the smooth masonite, so  you won’t have to look at ugly framing on the backside.

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6.     Attach using screws/staples, which shouldn’t be terribly big, as the masonite will only be  1/8” -1/4” inch at its thickest.  Important: make sure your door is square.  The masonite is really what is going to hold this together.  Pro tip: when making sure the door is square, start on either the top or the bottom first, and then work your way to the sides.  It’s much easier to move your frame to make the door square when you have the length working in your favor.

7.     Have your amazing girlfriend distress the brick masonite to make it look super realistic.

8.     Install the brick masonite on the other side of the frame, taking care to make sure that the bricks will line up as you like it.

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9.     Install the hardware; the D-rings on the top (3-4 per door, depending on width), the casters on the bottom (2 per door), and any handles that you’re looking for.

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10.  Insert pipe into D-rings, install elbows and flanges.

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11.  Screw flanges into wall.

12.  Enjoy!

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Isn’t he great!? He did the big stuff on this project. I got to do the brick! But it was a team effort and it paid off!

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Let’s Build a Wall Part 2: Another Brick in the Wall

So I was a little overjoyed when I found out that Lowe’s sold brick Masonite textured sheets at 25 bucks a pop.

The only problem with these is that they look a little like this:

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And I wanted my brick to look a little more like this:

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So I spent much of my Saturday distressing some brick

Here are the things you’re going to need:

  1. –          Faux Brick Masonite
  2. –          White paint
  3. –          Black Paint
  4. –          Brown Paint
  5. –          A textured dollar store sponge
  6. –          A spray bottle
  7. –          Warm Water
  8. –          A tiny drop of vinegar
  9. –          Paper towels.
  10. –          Foam brushes
  11. –          Small paint brush
  12. –          Paper plates for mixing

 

I wanted the bricks to look like they had that the worn white cement in between so I set out outlining the bricks in an off-white/brown/grey mix that I concocted carefully by just adding and mixing on a paper plate. Then I applied it to the gaps between the bricks with a foam brush and sometimes a small paint brush.

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I didn’t mind if some lines were bigger than others because it looks way more natural and less processed that way. I let that dry, which didn’t take long in a very air conditioned apartment.

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Then I went on to making the bricks look old.

Listen, there are a lot of tutorials on this out there… And I’ve watched/read a lot of them. But most of the processI learned from scenic painting so I encourage you to look at all the ways before you try this yourself.  Most of the tutorials I found made the bricks look too white. I bought red brick panels because I still wanted some red brick to show through. But some enjoy the white washed brick approach so try em all!

Because I had our brick sheets cut down to 3×8 rather than 4 x 8 I had some pieces to try a few techniques out on before moving on to the main pieces for the door.

The first technique I tried was with a make your own spray paint mixture in a dollar store travel spray bottle.  And then apply it by spraying and moving it around with a plastic bag. It looked ok, but it just wasn’t natural enough.

Then I picked up the same mixture I used for the cement in between the bricks and used the foam brush to put on a lot in one place. Then I grabbed the sponge and a spray bottle and put warm water plus a drop of vinegar. I sprayed the water on my paint mixture and used the sponge to move it pretty far across the bricks. If I wanted more brick to show I’d use a paper towel to wipe excess paint away and show more red brick. I left some areas untouched and some with a lot of white.

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Also I used my hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy!

 

I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Hope this was helpful!

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Let’s Build a Wall: A Living Room Reveal

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So as promised I worked on a rather large project this weekend.  When I was touring my apartment, there was a pair of French doors that were in the opening between the living room and the den. I liked the possibilities we had with those. Well, when I moved in last November the doors were not there. It turns out the people that were living there moved to my landlord’s building next door with the same layout and took the doors with them. So I had a big two door sized opening. That was all well and good, but when we started watching movies in the morning on the weekend the glare on the TV was intense.

And thus a project was born.

Here’s a photo of the doors that went missing:
Living Room Before[2]

And this is what that wall has looked like for the last 8 months:

K&J at home[2]

Initially for this project I had a lot of ideas and simple fixes. We’ve been in the apartment long enough that we knew we needed to be able to use that space if we wanted, but block out the sun when we wanted a dark movie atmosphere as well.

I thought about just getting a tension rod and a set of curtains, but I did that in my apartment in college and the curtains would often get wrinkled, or stay closed for long periods of time and I didn’t think it fit our space.

I also thought about using a room divider screen. The problem is those can get expensive and most of them weren’t tall enough. I liked a few but I also felt like I didn’t know where I could store it when we weren’t using the divider.

And of course I thought about just recreating the door look all together. But the cheapest doors that would look appropriate in the space were $140.00 each. I understand now why my neighbors held onto theirs.

So for a while I was at a standstill, I knew I wanted a way to cover up the opening, but also leave it open. Then I started seeing all these sliding barn door tutorials popping up online.

Add that to my love for loft apartments with exposed brick walls and you then have the inspiration I needed.

I’m going to make a sliding brick wall.

Yep it sounds crazy. And after the amount of work John and I put into it, it is crazy.

Now I was inspired by the many bloggers I’ve seen who have made that faithful trip to Lowe’s to buy sheets of faux brick Masonite. And I like them did the exact same thing.

But I am an equal opportunity home improvement store shopper so we also went to Home Depot for a number of finishing touches.

Now I’m going to show you what this looks like. And if you want to endeavor in this project it is going to be in a few parts because there is a lot going on:  distressing brick,building a frame and hanging a sliding barn door.

This isn’t the thriftiest project I’ve done either. The price for the 2 sheets of brick Masonite, and the regular Masonite cost about 80 dollars. Plus the amount it cost for the other materials was about another 80 so we are looking at a $160 dollar sliding wall project. But if you compare that to the very large price tag on the sliding barn door kit : http://www.amazon.com/NW-Artisan-Hardware-NW-1-Sliding/dp/B00A2BZRZK $230.00 I feel like I saved a little. Plus that track is only 6 feet and mine is 10. And I got to make it brick. So there.

The wall closed, before furniture.

The wall closed, before furniture.

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Next up how to distress faux brick. (the Crafty Cobra way)

And this project called attention to how empty those walls are! I’ll be filling those up with art soon!

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