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Planking Made Easy with Stikwood Peel and Stick

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the first DIY/Home Improvement post of 2017.

Although refreshes are underway in several rooms (yes, it’s totally crazy here), I decided to honor the NFL play-offs and impending Super Bowl by kicking off (yes, pun intended –heaven help me) with a few posts from the man cave (AKA basement) remake.

First up is a chat about how we found our design direction with the help of Stikwood peel and stick planking.

Planking Made Easy with Stikwood Peel and Stick

Begin at the Beginning

Whether you’re finishing a basement from scratch or refreshing one that’s outdated, the first planning step should include the walls, ceiling, and floor. And over the course of this refresh, we will circle back to talk about these more —and even create an easy-to-follow checklist.

But because I had to take this particular discussion one step further, this post will zero in on what eventually developed as the micro decor center at the bottom of the stairs.

And here’s why.

Man Cave Makoever begins by creating the guy's "must have" list | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

This post is sponsored by Stikwood, but as always, all opinions and project selections are 100% my own.

Negotiate the Terms

When the guys realized that buckets of paint and nifty new accessories were invading their territory, they got very vocal, very quickly. You see, on the main floor, they had pretty much left me alone, except for asking that I not make it look “girly.”  

But this time was different.

It was way beyond not wanting “girly.”

It was not wanting girly —on steriods.

I tell you, they wanted a certain look and a certain function —and weren’t shy about laying down the decorating law.

Said look could not, under any circumstances, involve painting or covering everything in white — aqua — or God forbid —PINK.

And said function must revolve around comfortable seating and a 12-by-10 foot projection TV screen with a monstrous surround sound.

Man Cave "must haves" include galvanized trays | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

So what, I ask you, is a girl to do?

Find a Decor-Style Compromise

Of course, like any self-respecting do-it-yourselfer, I turned to the masterminds at Pinterest. I found photos —loads and loads of photos —only to be knocked down. Time and time again.

Batter up. Strike out.

Oh wait. Wrong sport. But you get my drift.

And then finally, an ah-ha moment.

I stopped showing the entire photo and started asking them to point out things they liked about a select few of the photos.

And by doing this, I was able to come up with a list of acceptable decorating options.

Man Cave "must haves" include galvanized surfaces for cups and incidentals | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Transition from the Main Floor

Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot I can do in the space from the top of the stairs to the bottom. Since the stairwell basically looks like a tilted bowling alley, the high, straight, and narrow walls will just have to be painted a nice light neutral (AKA white –but you didn’t hear it from me).

Before photo of the landing at the bottom of the stairs | Man Cave Makeover | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

I could and did concentrate on creating a cohesive look from the hutch that sits at the top of the stairs to the bookcase at the bottom. Even though each space has a slightly different design flavor, they are more cohesive because of accessory color choices, neutral paint in the stairwell (not the old gold shown in this photo), and rustic elements.

If you haven’t seen the top of the stairs, here’s a peek and the link to the post that explains how to remove builder’s grade cabinets and replace them with a piece of furniture. Click here for the full post.

Notice the white and aqua accessories? 

So yea, the guys had a point.

10 Must Know Tips for Installing Furniture as Kitchen Cabinets | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

How to Sneak in White and a Bit of Aqua/blue

OK. So let’s recap.  We have the hutch at the top of the stairs made from reclaimed antique pine filled with exiled white and aqua accessories. Then, heading down the stairs the paint color will be a light neutral that is color-matched to a WHITE textural wall treatment that the guys just loved — that, coincidentally, just happened to be installed at the bottom of the stairs.

You See Where I’m Going With This?

Once the guys liked the white wall treatment from Stikwood, getting white on the rest of walls was really a piece of cake.

Albeit, maybe a bit tricky, but recognize this. Their beef was with flat, white walls and slip covered sofas for an overall farmhouse look.

Check this out —we went with an entirely different look.

Let Them Think They Thought of It

So the miracle real-wood planking system that tripped the basement into the light fantastic arrives in planks that are pre-cut to about 5 or 6 different lengths. And the back has three strips of adhesive with a peel-away cover.

Man Cave makeover begins with planking | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

All you have to do is plan how the planks lay out, cut (usually one per row) to fit to size, and then peel away the covers so they can be stuck to the wall.

Man cave makeover wall color selection made easy with planking | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The planks are made to push up against one another to create this wonderful plank line. There is no need to use spacers in between. And how about that texture?

Add color and texture with planking | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The seams that butt the planks end-to-end are staggered for an authentic look. Having multiple sizes really helped me plan out where the seams would land and I only had one plank to cut-to-size per row.

Get an authentic vintage look with planking | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Notice, too, the nail holes located on each piece of planking. Don’t you just love all these little details?

Nail holes add to the authentic look | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Honestly, it looks just like I ripped the planking off of Grandma’s old home place, but these are so much safer and easier to install.

Planking will fit with many different kinds of decor styles | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And the planks provide a fabulous backdrop for a collection of rustic and aqua/blue accessories. All 100% guy-approved.

Funny how that worked out. *winkwink*

But like I said before —you didn’t hear it from me. 


Man Cave Makeover begins by identifying the decor style and color palette. The texture and color from planking is the perfect backdrop for many different kinds of decor styles | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Posts are coming that will share how this modern-rustic-industrial design comes together DIY-style and wraps around into the TV room.

But for now…

The man cave makeover begins by adding an easy peel and stick planking system. From there, a modern rustic industrial decor theme developed. See the first post in the Man Cave Makeover Series here | #sponsored Stikwood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com


Three cheers for….

Hooray for Stikwood and for kicking-off the man cave remake. For more information about planning, ordering, and installing, please click here to visit the Stikwood website.

And hooray for my sweet blogger friend, Stephanie, who helped me decipher what kind of decor was on these guys’ minds. Treat yourself to a visit at her very colorful and globally influenced blog by clicking here Casa Watkins Living.

And hooray for my sweet blogger friend, Carolann, who nailed it by identifying urban industrial as my guys most liked decor style.  It was a turning point in the whole design plan. You can visit her lifestyle blog by clicking here Sassy Townhouse Living.




  • Reply Carolann January 17, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Love the transformation Susie! The Stickwood is stunning and I love the entire decor you chose. Your eye for detail is to be envied! Everything works so perfectly together! Thanks for the shout too my dear friend. You are as sweet and loving as a friend can hope for <3

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Carolann. I’m off to work on the TV room. The guys want more urban industrial.. Seriously. 🙂

  • Reply Mary January 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    It turned out great, Suzie. I’ve used Stikwood on furniture. It’s such a great product, and so easy to use.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Mary! And what a great idea to use Stikwood on furniture. You know I’m popping over to your blog to check it out.

  • Reply Toni January 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I love how that turned out, it looks like the easiest system to install and the change really invites you to descend the stairs. The guys might not be too happy about that LOL. Oh, and that fan blade, I so want one for myself

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Toni. And yes, girl….we gotta get your one of the windmill fans.

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger January 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Looks great, Suzie! This post made me laugh. Apparently our husbands have a lot in common, as well. My husband races his m3, and my house has more Car & Driver and Road & Track magazines than HGTV and Elle Decor! I thought that was my galvanized tray for a minute. LOL Looking forward to reading all about the man cave’s transformation. Have a great week!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      LOL….are you serious? We need to talk. 🙂 Thanks Cynthia!

  • Reply barbgarrettnc January 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Amazing!!! I love it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Barb!!

  • Reply Sue January 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Love your stikwood project Q. It turned out fantastic. Without the grainy white walls, your grouping would not looks as good. Fun how you tricked the urban cowboys into thinking just what you wanted in the first place.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Sue.

  • Reply Michelle James January 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful makeover Sue!! Love the stikwood!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Reply ARod January 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Wow just wow! This wall looks awesome and I can’t even believe how well it all came together. Great job Susie.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 19, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Anj! We are so happy to have it in place.

  • Reply Susanne January 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness!!! That wall is simply amazing!! I do the same thing…make it their idea and it is smooth sailing 🙂 I love it!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Susanne! We have to keep our fellas on their toes! LOL

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista January 18, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Oh my goodness, I love the whitewashed planks on your Stikwood, Susie! Perfect choice to lighten and brighten a basement and rough and rustic for manly man cave. My son used the gray barn wood Stikwood planks and the more I see this product, the more I love it. You did a beautiful job styling the bookcase and I can’t wait to see more, more, more!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Marie! You should reach out to Stikwood when you have a project planned. Mary from Orphans with Makeup has used this product on furniture — so keep this idea in mind, too.

  • Reply Cristina@remodelandolacasa January 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, those planks are stunning, love all that texture! Looking forward to reveal time. 😉

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  • Reply Sue March 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I think about your hutch a lot as we need one. The stikwood planking is so perfect in your home now in the man cave. We have wood toned walls in the basement and it really needs white like this to brighten it up.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Sue. If you already have wood in the basement, then maybe it could just be painted. This would save the texture, but lighten it up.

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