I grew up watching This Old House on PBS. That was back in the days of Bob Vila and Norm Abram. I’m still a big fan. This Old House magazine is a favorite of mine and I still try to tune in to the show every once in a while. So when I saw an editorial in another magazine about Timeline Skinnies, a TOH Top 100 Product of 2015, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some and give it a go in my This (not so) Old House.
Timeline Skinnies are wood planks that give the look of reclaimed wood but are made using water-based and low-VOC materials, as well as fresh, sustainable lumber sourced from FSC-certified mills. They come in a variety of colors and finishes and the company offers free samples. I ordered a few samples prior to purchasing and they appeared in my mailbox lickety-split. Once I decided on a finish, I ordered the product directly from Home Depot.
My original idea was to use the product as an accent wall in my bedroom but it would have been really pricey. Plus, I was so excited to get the shiplap/reclaimed wood look that I didn’t want to hide it up in my bedroom where pretty much only my husband and I would appreciate it. I chose this very visible wall in my kitchen. It gets seen by everyone and was a relatively small space to cover. I ordered 4 boxes of Timeline Skinnies which at $40/box (each box covers 10.88 square feet) set me back about $160.
I started by removing the baseboard and trim. I was concerned about how to work the planks around the corners. The easiest method would have been to run the planks vertically and although it think it would have made the project go much quicker, I really had my heart set on the planks going horizontally to give more of a shiplap look. I delayed the start of my project many times, simply because I was stumped on how it would all come together (those darn angles!!!). Sometimes you just have to jump into a project and figure it out as you go along, so that’s what I did!
My Dad helped me determine the angle of the walls and we considered cutting the edges of the panels at those angles so they would meet up perfectly at the corners. However, almost all of the planks were cupped and we were concerned the edges would not be straight. (This is my main criticism of the Timeline Skinnies product! And one that is shared by many reviewers on the Home Depot website. Since I had fair warning from the HD reviewers, I wasn’t surprised when I received them and 90% of the planks in the 4 boxes were cupped.) I also thought the wood might shrink and leave gaps. Since I couldn’t figure out what to do, I forged ahead and hoped some sort of solution would present itself.
I attached scrap piece of wood to the edge so I could butt the ends of the planks right up to it. I used a stud finder to mark the studs and used 2 inch brad nails and a nail gun to attach the planks to the studs. I made sure the first panel was level before adding a row beneath it.
You can see the marks I made to indicate the location of the studs in the picture below. I used a scrap board on each end of the wall to ensure that all my planks were the same length. My table saw with a fine-toothed blade made clean cuts through the planks.
Nickels worked great as spacers between each plank.
Here is the first section of the wall almost complete. I chose not to stagger the edges on this side because the planks were long enough, but when I completed the other two walls where I did stagger the edges, I found I liked the look better.
There is a gap at the bottom where I added a very narrow plank and then the baseboard.
I continued wrapping the planks around the wall, staggering the edges on the longer walls. Next, I reattached the baseboard and shoe molding and then…I WAS STUCK!
I just wasn’t sure how to finish those corners. I Face Timed with dear ole Dad, showed him my dilemma and then sat back and waited until he figured it out! And of course, he came through for me. He worked out the angles and showed me a way to rip my last remaining plank (either I’m really good at measuring or I just got lucky that I had one plank left! It was a nail biter!) of Timeline Skinnies so they fit neatly around the corners.
And here is the finished product! I was so grateful to my Dad for helping out.