I built my own DIY creative wall.
It’s made of recycled concrete.
It’s got a bunch of nails.
I bought it on a whim, on eBay.
I was inspired by my own walls.
My neighbours built a similar thing, but without nails.
It was like they made a new wall for me.
What was that like?
I don’t know, it was so simple.
I’ve been working on this wall for about a month.
I didn’t want to do it on my own.
I needed help, and I needed something to work with.
I started to work on the wall.
The wall was built from scraps of the ceiling.
The floor is mostly from cardboard, but it’s been sanded to a uniform thickness.
A little bit of paint was applied to the edges and the top, then sanded.
Then I used an iron to smooth out the rough edges.
To get rid of the nails, I bought them at the local craft store.
Once the nails were smooth, I laid a piece of PVC sheet on top of it, which I cut to size and screwed on.
After that, it took about 45 minutes to cut and glue everything together.
It’s a bit rough around the edges, but the seams and the edges are all covered in PVC.
That’s the end result.
There are four screws holding the PVC together, and then the wall is secured by a series of two-inch PVC pipes.
If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the holes for the screws, and the two-foot-wide hole for the pipes.
This picture shows the wall before it was glued.
The holes are in the corners, and they are all about 1 1/4 inches apart.
I did a little bit more work to the roof, because the ceiling and the walls are the same height.
And now, the wall has a nice finish.
On the underside, there are a bunch more screws.
Next up, I glued the walls together with a rubber band.
Some glue was used to attach the walls to the ceiling, but I didn and I can’t see where the glue went.
Now, it’s time to finish the whole thing.
For the first wall, I used cardboard to hold it in place.
This is the first one, after the first time.
Here’s the second one.
So I put it together on the back of a wooden plank.
Two layers of PVC pipe and two pieces of cardboard glued together.
The bottom layer is glued to the wall using two screws.
The wall is held in place by a rubber mat.
In this photo, the bottom layer of the PVC pipe is sticking out.
Below is the top layer.
Inside, there’s another piece of cardboard.
You can see that it’s a little more than a half inch thick.
As you can tell, the whole wall is made of PVC.
I glued all of the pieces together, but then I left a few pieces of the bottom PVC pipe sticking out of the roof.
Because it’s made out of recycled material, it will probably last for a long time.
The rubber mat is a little rough, but eventually it will loosen up and get used to its shape.
We’ll see how it goes.
At this point, I had to figure out how to get my walls into a position where they could be moved without breaking them.
One of the easiest things I could think of was to glue the wall to the floor using duct tape.
How easy was that?
I took a piece off a sheet of plywood and put it on the floor.
With a hammer, I hammered the top of the plywood to the surface.
An inch or so later, the top was smooth.
Duct tape is easy to cut.
But it was a bit difficult to cut a piece that was just a little too long.
Luckily, the next time I tried to make a wall, it worked out pretty quickly.
Finally, I nailed it together.
Here it is on the first floor.
I did a bit of trimming.
Just the bottom of the wall, the two screws holding it together, the rubber mat, and a little paint on the ceiling are all glued.
Above, you see the wall on the roof of the building.
Tidy up the walls, I guess.
Photos by Elizabeth Zabel.
Originally published in the January 2017 issue of Architectural Digest magazine