The seventies. I grew up in a house that was decked out with hand-made macrame, cane furniture, maidenhair ferns and, yes, wood paneling. Eventually the fern greens were replaced with the peachy pastels of the eighties. But I still love seventies delights. Perhaps, like my dining table, it reminds me of home?
It turns out the seventies was easy enough to recreate in my noughties space. I found a pile of long wood strips (cedar?) collecting dust at the hardware store. The strips were shaped like an arrow–great for creating a wavy texture. As the guy from the hardware store cut the strips into seventy five identical pieces, he asked me what I was planning on doing with the wood. I explained. It seems he did not share my seventies vision.
After some serious sanding and generous dousing of scandinavian oil, the arrows were ready. I experimented with different spacings: no spaces was too heavy and and the double spaces was, well, too spacey. Single spacing it was. Next: liquid nails.
details: cedar wood strips, cut,
sanded and oiled
cost: wood $90 (incl. cutting),
scandinavian oil $40