Before & After: Dolan's DIY Luan Wood Wallcovering

Before & After: Dolan's DIY Luan Wood Wallcovering

Jason Loper
Dec 10, 2010

I love unique wall coverings. And this wall in Dolan's office is certainly unique! Using screen printed Luan plywood and a brad gun, Dolan turned this otherwise bland wall into an eye catching focal point of the room.

Dolan Geiman is known for his beautifully screen printed art and panel paintings — he calls it "contemporary art with a southern edge". When it came time to freshen up his wife's office in his Bridgeport art studio, he wanted to use his art to decorate the space. After tearing out a little oddly shaped closet, Dolan created screen printed panels to use as wall covering.

First Dolan measured the wall he wanted to cover. This measurement would inform what size to cut the panels and also how many panels would be needed to fill the wall. Then Dolan screen printed the tulip images onto the wood panels.

The wood used, Luan, is a super inexpensive plywood with a smooth surface. And by inexpensive I mean cheap. A 2' x 4' sheet of Luan wood is about $5 at the hardware store. Beyond being cheap, Luan wood is also easy to work with. Given its thinness, the wood can be cut with a blade so there's no need for a saw. The only drawback of Luan is that it will warp if not secured on all corners. That obviously isn't a problem here since Dolan used brads on all four corners of the panels to secure them to the wall.

Dolan pointed out that if you'd like to try a similar project at home and don't want to use a brad nail gun you could also use strips of Velcro to attach the panels to the wall. Velcro would also mean you could switch the panels out easily.

To see more of Dolan's artwork, visit his website and etsy shop.

Images: Jason Loper

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