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Reclaimed wood is one of the hottest trends in home design, both for its eco-friendly sheen and its warm, welcoming aesthetic qualities. It's found everywhere from tables, to stools, to countertops and beds.
And now you can use it to add life to your boring white walls. Stikwood, a small company from Sacramento, California, manufactures incredibly simple, surprisingly affordable stick-on wood paneling that can be affixed to virtually any flat surface. Available in a variety of finishes (including four reclaimed options), it's an easy way to bring a rustic feel to your home or business.
The purchasing process is simple: you just measure the wall(s) you want to cover, figure out the appropriate square-footage, and order from Stikwood's site. The company recommends overestimating by about 5% to avoid running short on material. Prices range from $8 to $12.50 per square foot, plus shipping.
To get an idea of how much this might cost, imagine a single 9- by 20-foot wall in your living or dining room. At $10.00 per square foot for Stikwood's Reclaimed Barrel Oak finish, you're looking at about $2,126.27, with shipping included.
Obviously, giving your entire home that ski lodge feel would require deep pockets, but as a way to add some quick visual flair, it's a cost-effective option. And you don't even have to cover an entire wall to make it work. It would work equally well for a kitchen backsplash, in place of wainscoting, or to highlight your fireplace.
Once you've received your shipment, the installation process is pretty straightforward. You just clean the wall, make any cuts you need using the usual tools (a miter saw), remove the adhesive backing, and press it onto the wall with a rubber roller. Stikwood offers plenty of tips to make the work go smoothly, but this is about as simple as it gets for home improvement.
"My cousin, as soon as we walked in, he said, 'I have to show you this product—it’s unbelievable,'" said John. "We’re gonna be doing it on a restaurant we’re designing and building now. That is on our radar. We’re using that product."
We have a feeling they're not alone.
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