How To: Make a Temporary mywoodwall™ Installation
When it comes to a quick and easy living room makeover or bedroom refresh, mywoodwall™ is a great solution for dramatic results in a short amount of time. Whether an accent wall, bedroom headboard or kitchen cabinet refinishing, mywoodwall™’s real wood panels make it easy to peel and press your way to a new look. And while the TESA adhesive tape creates a super secure bond, it’s also fairly permanent, a potential downside to renters and people on the move. Today, we are going to show you how to create a temporary install and one that can work on a variety of rough surfaces.
By adhering mywoodwall™ to another surface, like a sheet of plywood, you can quickly create an install to take along on your next move or decorate a rough surface TESA tape would have trouble sticking to. Here are a couple different ways you can use plywood on your next mywoodwall™ install.
French Cleat Frame Method
A French cleat is a traditional way of securing cabinets, mirrors and artwork to a wall by using two pieces of molding with a 30-45 degree angle. Its long spans, ability to be secured into studs, and hidden install work to create a very sturdy mounting method. For this type of install, first create your frame on the ground using 1x2’s or 2x4’s, depending on your design. For additional support consider adding additional vertical pieces. After the frame is made, push the corners to make it square and brace it off so it doesn’t move. Once your frame is squared up, install a thin sheet of plywood over the surface.
To create the pieces for your French cleat, put a 30 to 45 degree angle on a circular saw or table saw and rip a 2x4 down the middle. Alternatively, you can buy thin aluminum French cleat brackets from a hardware store. On your wall, install the first half of your French cleat by using a level and screwing it directly into your studs. Make sure this piece is level before continuing or your install will be skewed. Then flip the frame over and install the second half of your French cleat, making sure this piece is square to your frame. Do a quick test fit to make sure the French cleat angles line up. From there, you can either install the mywoodwall™ panels with the frame mounted to the wall or while it’s on the ground. Finish off your install with some mywoodwall™ trim to help hide your frame.
For additional support, you can make two French cleats or put a couple screws in at the bottom to secure it to the wall. If you need to move, it’s easy to take the frame off the wall and patch the holes without any extra damage.
Mounted Facade Method
A more straight-forward method of mounting plywood directly to the wall, this works great for a flush install, or if you are trying to adhere to a rougher surface. Since you will be mounting the plywood directly to the wall, it can be pretty thin. First, figure out the size and shape of your install and cut the sheet of plywood to size. Then lay your sheet on the ground and proceed to peel and press the mywoodwall™ panels in the pattern you like.
After you’ve finished, locate a couple studs and screw your plywood to the wall. While it might be hard to cover an entire wall surface with this method, it’s easy to get creative and make several smaller panels for a distinctive, artistic look. The benefits to this method are how easily it can be uninstalled without damaging the wall surface and being able to skip the surface prep for installation on a rough surface.Lightweight, versatile and made from real wood, mywoodwall™ panels offer plenty of installation options. Whether you are looking to add a touch of wood to a rental home or find yourself frequently moving, think about using plywood for a temporary mywoodwall™ install. Feel free to share any other creative ideas you may have to make a temporary mywoodwall™ install.