Milo Valley Farm - removable back wall, part 3

by brae  

Continuing work on the removable back wall.  I spray painted the brass bar to look like old metal and then drilled holes in the side channel to insert the ends of the handle.  I used Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer for metals to get the paint to stick to the brass.  I topped that with flat black, then Cobblestone textured paint.  Once dry, I covered the now textured surface with dabs of brown acrylic to bring out the look of old rusted metal.  Even with the etching primer, this might need touch-ups over time though the paint finish feels solid.

Eyelets serve as anchors for the handle to help the super glue gel hold it in place.

I cut a new plywood wall for the back using the foam core board as a template.

I made siding templates for the sliding back wall, interior and exterior.

I applied the siding to the templates and used the same paint glaze process as I had for for the side walls.  Here it is in process.

I glued the sliding wall panel to the free-moving side channel using Weldbond and super glue gel.  This is the only place on the side wall that has a two-piece board, but it's not an eyesore.

The final trim should disguise it even more.  Plus, there will be other things going on that you might not notice at all.

There will be finishing trim along the top back to hide the bare wood that's there at the moment.  The wall blends well on the outside.

On the inside, the side breaks are mostly hidden.  The studs and cross beams will disguise any remaining breaks.  I will be finishing the bare wood here, too.

When open partially, it could serve as a back door opening for some interesting photos.

The mechanism runs relatively smoothly.  :D

11 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
That looks amazing! I can't get over how authentic the flooring and siding look. We salvage old barn wood (to turn into cedar-lined blanket boxes) - almost identical!
07/05/15 @ 21:20
Comment from: April [Visitor]
I really like that sliding wall, it's really great for this build
07/05/15 @ 22:05
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]
It's a really great way to enclose the space but make it accessible. I like the idea of taking photos with some sunlight coming in from the back. Fab work as always =0)
07/06/15 @ 00:27
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
It looks great. I'm having some issues with my hinged back wall, I may have to try a sliding wall in a future build.
07/06/15 @ 04:19
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
It looks great Brae and is such a good idea, I had to look very hard to see the join you were talking about...good job as always!
07/06/15 @ 06:00
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
I am planning sliding walls in my next build. Your process is helping me so much. Thanks.
07/06/15 @ 06:22
Comment from: Tony [Visitor]
Its coming along perfectly, i can almost start to smell the aroma of old oil :)
07/06/15 @ 11:27
Comment from: jane s [Visitor]
Its looking fantastic! That panel is a great idea.
07/06/15 @ 14:57
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Missed quite a few of your posts, so had fun there catching up without having to wait :D The farm looks fantastic, love all the work so far, and desperately want those leaves! Good idea to have a sliding wall panel too!
07/09/15 @ 14:05
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
I've really enjoyed your series of posts on this removable wall. I've been trying to figure out how to build a structure with openings as well and this helps get some ideas going. Your end result looks like perfection! Absolutely seamless!
07/09/15 @ 17:06
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much, everyone!! :>>
07/14/15 @ 11:25


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