01 Oct The Making of Weekend Walls Peel & Stick Wood Paneling
Besides being easy to install, the best part about our paneling is the story that each board tells. We reclaim our panels from cedar and redwood fence boards from California. Years of rain, wind, snow and sun have contributed to an authentic patina that you can see and feel. (Want to see for yourself? Order a sample box here).
Whether you’re after a rustic renovation for your bedroom, or you want to spruce up your dining room, Weekend Walls is the way to go! In just a weekend’s time, you can transform any indoor space in your home with our authentic reclaimed, easy-to-install peel and stick panels.
Step One – Sourcing the Wood Panels
You may be wondering: How do these old fence boards become thin peel and stick paneling? Well, these panels arrive at our warehouse in Portland in desperate need of some TLC. Our milling team carefully de-metals the boards – removing any nails or staples that may be hiding in the grain. After each board is deemed metal-free, we stack the wood to be dried in our massive kiln!
Step Two – Kiln Dry & Cut the Wood
Kiln drying is a very important step in the production of Weekend Walls. In the 24 hours that the boards are cozied up in the kiln, excess moisture is disposed from the boards. That way, the panels reach their EMC (equilibrium moisture content). This ensures that the wood can better withstand changes in external temperature. Kiln-drying also eliminates all the bugs, plant life, and other elements that may have tagged along for the journey from California to Oregon.
After the boards are nice and dry, the boards are sent to the moulder to get their edges all cleaned up. We trim the boards up to 5” width.
Next, the soon to be Weekend Walls are sent to the re-saw machine, where they are trimmed down to a 1/4”, and then soon after they are sanded down to our desired thickness: 3/16”.
Step Three – Sorting The Wood for Perfection
Our defect crew then meticulously sorts through the boards, throwing all of the less-than-desirable boards to the side to be recycled. Some boards still have paint or damage from travel that aren’t consistent with the look we’re going for.
Step Four – Finishing the Wood Panels
Finally, one of our master crafters cut the boards down to 12”, 18” 24”, 30”, 36”, and 48” lengths. This way, staggering the boards while installing is a breeze. After that, the boards are ran through our tape machine. Our permanent grade adhesive is rated to last 10 years or more!
Even if you’re not a pro, you can do it too! Check out some of our video tutorials and FAQs to see how you can refresh your space. And if you are ready to talk about your project with us, we would love to hear from you.