Back in December, I added wood rounds to the wall above my fireplace and many of you requested that I do a tutorial. The process I followed on how to create a wood round wall was pretty straight forward as pictured below. All you need are some round logs, a chop saw to cut the logs into small rounds, and some hot glue to attach the wood to your wall. I chose hot glue because it isn’t permanent and the wood will come off the wall with minimal damage to the drywall. The drawback of hot glue is that when the temperature changes it has a tendency to no longer hold well. If you want t a more permanent solution, use wood glue or liquid nails.
Attaching the wood to the wall was like putting together a puzzle. I started with the larger pieces and filled in the gaps with the small rounds. I worked from the bottom to the top and just alternated larger and smaller rounds.
This project didn’t go without a hitch, however. Unfortunately I didn’t own a clamp that was long enough to hold my small logs securely in place. I held the log in place by hand and experienced kickback. The wood log got caught in the blade and went flying like a bullet up to the ceiling. It was scary and was 100% operator error. I shouldn’t have been cutting the log without a proper clamp, and I shouldn’t have kept the blade running throughout the entire cut. I should have cut downwards and then “breaked” the blade before lifting it upwards. My log completely messed up my blade guard as pictured below.
When making the cuts of wood you want to make them as thin and as safely as possible. In the picture above, you can see approximately how thick I made each round. My wood had been seasoned for a few years and was sitting in my basement. If you are using fresher wood it is probably a good idea to bake or freeze to wood in an attempt to kill any critters (eek!) that might be harboring in your wood.
I love the added layer of texture it adds to my wall! It breaks up all the board and batten with something unexpected and gives a nod to nature above the fireplace.
Below are some bonus pics of the mantel I currently have going on. It’s always challenging to come up with a non-holiday specific mantel, but I’m really liking this one. Those little plants are actually mini-gardenia bushes. I cannot wait for them to bloom!
If you attempt to make wood rounds for yourself, just remember to take all safety precautions, wear your goggles and be sure you have the proper clamps holding your wood rounds securely in place. I am very fortunate to have not been injured in my stupidity! Live, DIY, and LEARN!