PREPARATION To order the Timberchic product, you’ll need to calculate the amount of square footage of your project, then add 5 percent to account for waste. Also, determine whether you need any outside corners or end caps—or if you’ll be customizing any of the surrounding trimwork using a different material. The wall surface needs to be clean (free and debris and loose drywall), smooth (so sand down any bumps) and flat (within 1/4 inch over 4 feet). Any wall repairs requiring joint compound need to be primed or painted. Remove any fixtures attached to the wall (outlet covers, switch cov- ers, wall sconces, etc.). Also, remove any existing trim that will interfere with installation.
LAYOUT Aside from the peel-and-stick simplicity of applying the boards to the wall, the installation procedure is similar to laying a board-pattern floor. This means you need to establish a level and square layout pattern. We ran a 4-foot level along
the ceiling and floor of our work area, and were lucky enough to find that our wall and ceiling were level. However, builders make mis- takes and houses settle, so not every situation will be so neatly square. If you find the floor and ceiling aren’t level, measure the distance between your floor and ceiling at both ends of the wall. If these are within 1/4 inch, then your floor and ceiling are adequate- ly parallel. If you determine that your ceiling is fairly level, you can use your ceil- ing as the reference point for laying out your starting row. Base molding can be used along the floor to dis- guise an out-of-square gap along the bottom row. If both the ceiling and floor are out of level, you can begin a level starting row in the middle of the wall, then work upward and down- ward until your rows reach the floor and ceiling, where you can conceal those out-of-square gaps with trim. However, if you take this approach,
first measure from the anticipated height of your center row to both the ceiling and the floor. Divide these measurements by the width of your Timberchic planks. If you end up with a small remainder (i.e. a very thin “sliver” board) at the top or bottom, then adjust the height of your starting row to ensure a larger final row at the top and bottom. For example, a 1-in. row is too narrow and not optimal for finishing a room. Ideally, you want to have a row no less than 1/2 the width of a normal row.
Each Timberchic plank is made of of genuine reclaimed wood, only about 1/8-in. thick to conform to the wall.
Simply peel off the tape packing to reveal a very strong adhesive.