Lightweight, affordable and durable, corrugated metal adds a splash of rustic chic to any house. Invented in the 1820s, it is often found on roofs or barns and is long-lasting, durable and easy to recycle. It can withstand even the roughest weather and are refreshingly low-maintenance. Whether you're using corrugated metal to accent your kitchen with a modern industrial look or spruce up the facade of your house for a more weathered style, you're going to want to know the ABCs of wall installation. A bit of patience, a helping hand, the right tools—a grinder, corrugated wood strips and screws—and decorative flair in the form of trimmings and paint, is a good place to start.
What’s in the Toolbox?
First, you're going to want corrugated wood strips, otherwise referred to as furring strips. These secure the corrugated metal in place. You'll need drywall screws to secure the strips. Make sure to have a circular saw, also know as a Skill saw, or grinder handy to slice the metal to the desired size. Finally, you'll need screws, such as Tuftex DeckDrain Fasteners (Piercing/ Cap Washered), to attach the metal to the wooden strips. Additionally, you may want to use a level when determining placement of the corrugated wood strips.
Strips and Screws
To install your furring strips to the drywall, remove the baseboards then secure the strips to the bottom and top of the wall. You can do this by using a level to mark where you want the strips to go, then attaching the strip with drywall screws or a framing nailer.
Size, Slice, Situate
Next, you'll measure out the needed amount of corrugated metal wall and use a circular saw or grinder to make the cut. Corrugated metal wall sheets are usually around 24 to 26 inches wide. Make sure to be careful of the sparks. Finally, situate the metal sheet onto the drywall and attach to the corrugated metal strips using screws designed for the tin. Interiors by Kenz recommends using Tuftex DeckDrain Fasteners (Piercing/ Cap Washered). One handy tip is to make sure all the screws line up horizontally.
Treatment and Trimming
Finalize your wall installation with decorative trimming, such as cedarwood strips. To give the metal an aged appearance, you can brush on brown latex paint then wipe it off, leaving only a hint of color. A dry brush can even out any paint-heavy areas.
Caroline is a writer from NYC. Her writing has appeared in L.A. Weekly, Elle.com, New York Magazine, Marie Claire and The Huffington Post. She produces content on women's health/wellness, design/DIY and business for companies such as Meredith Corporation, Leaf Group and the business school, Hautes Études Commercials Paris. She's a former Production Associate and blogger at Show of Force, the production company behind Nicholas Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn's, Half the Sky.