One piece of wood so many ways

February 24, 2015

As I was working on the kitchen island the other day I realized there is one piece of wood I use all. the. time throughout our house. I’ve used it for years on numerous projects. I know you’ve heard me talk about it if you’ve been around for awhile.

It’s the incredible, versatile and oh-so-cheap lattice wood:

lattice wood

Exciting stuff eh? I use it CONSTANTLY. It’s nice and thin and it is the perfect way to finish off projects. I’ve always found mine at Lowe’s and liked that they offered two different sizes. Both were 1/4 inch thick but one was about 1 1/8 wide and another was 1 3/8. Now our store only carries the thinner version. 

I ended up at Menards the other night for the island to find a larger size and they did not disappoint. (They actually have quite an extensive molding section and I don’t know why I don’t just go there more.) They have the two widths I mentioned plus one that is even bigger at 1 3/4 wide.

Anyway…here are a few of the many ways I’ve used this inexpensive wood over the years. I created a very simple board and batten look in my son’s room with it:

simple board and batten

I liked this because it was super easy to work with (it’s easily cut with a handsaw and miter box) and it was thin enough that I didn’t have to replace the baseboards to make this look work – it sits pretty flush against them.

I’ve framed out a lot of artwork with it:

framing out canvas

I didn’t even stain that one! Just nailed it on.

The nautical artwork for the Bub’s bathroom was trimmed out with some of it as well:

nautical artwork

And our huge IKEA map got a little detail that makes the whole thing pop by framing it out with the lattice and staining it:

ikea map framed

I’ve also created artwork (like my Pottery Barn knock off) with it as well!:

knock off pottery barn wood art

It’s the perfect piece of wood to trim out projects like the end of our built ins:

diy built ins

And when I take down doors in our house (which I do a lot), I use it to cover up the holes where the hinges hung:

taking down interior doors

One of my favorite projects of all time with this thin wood is our new family room fireplace:

gray fireplace and built ins

The fronts and side of the fireplace and built ins are trimmed out with the lattice.

It used to run about $4 for eight feet but lately it’s nearly $5. Still a great deal to give projects a finished look. It’s lightweight, easy to cut and is so thin it doesn’t take up a ton of space. Love this stuff!

I know some of you have had trouble finding it over the years – it’s always in the molding aisle in the pine area. Like I said, Menards has the best selection I’ve seen but all the hardware stores carry it. :)

Have you ever used this trim? It’s also GREAT for hiding imperfections, which is why I used it on the island. More on that soon!

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  1. Thanks for the round-up. It's so nice to see some of your past projects. Although I'd seen it before I just love the board and batten treatment in your son's room, especially with the three framed pictures hung above it. Beautiful work!

  2. I love your various projects! We are looking into moving into a new space and I like reading your blog for ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Wow, you've got me inspired! I used lattice years ago to create board-and-batten in my apartment, but now we're in our first home and you've got the wheels turning. While definitely need to try out framing art with it, so clever!

  4. I've tried finding this stuff where I live. It's not easy to come by. We don't have a menards and lowes and hd don't carry it here. Your projects look brilliant!

  5. Those projects are awesome! Thanks for sharing I never knew you could do so many easy projects with the same type of wood! Might have to try some sometime:)

    Lauren | LB Designs

  6. The wall in the first pic is what I want to get around to doing in my kitchen. I love the look it has. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Inspiring! I'd like the use the lattice for board and batten sometime soon. Also, I'm curious how deep your fireplace is? I'd love to add a fireplace, but since it would be on the front of the house, I certainly don't want the doghouse outside.

  8. I actually just discovered lattice last weekend! I needed something to trim a nightstand and it worked beautifully. I didn't even think of using it to hide holes in doorframes--genius! :)

  9. I frequently use a similar cheap wood for projects - its around $1 per 8-foot piece. I made a trellis with it on this blog post :).

  10. Inspiring projects. I would never have thought to use lattice as framing material. My favorites are the art frames you created.

  11. I'd love to use the lattice to frame stuff I print out then use for art. We live out a ways from stores that carry lattice and I don't want to have to get all cleaned up and drive to Grand Junction when I want to do a project. I'm very spontaneous, when I get an idea want to be able to implement it then. I say have to get cleaned up as I work in my around house clothes, not necessarily clothes I'd wear to town. Then I'd have to put a bra on, in summer time, forget it
    We have a True Value fairly close but their supplies leave great deal to be desired. When I go in looking for something the guys look at me like I've lost it when I want to do different than what the product is originally for. Still struggle with convincing hubs what I want.
    I'll be looking into lattice when we go to Grand Junction next time. Happy weekend
    love what you did with walls in son's room.


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