Stucco (also called render) is a popular construction material that is used for coating or creating designs on walls. It’s prepared by mixing aggregates, a binder, and water in a specific ratio.
Attaching wood to the stuccoed wall is a common practice that is many times used for DIY projects. If you are planning something similar, there are at least three popular methods to attach wood to a stucco wall.
You can use an adhesive and glue the object to the surface. You can go with the stud method. Or you can attach a wall anchor to the wall and then hang the object.
The main difference is that you can easily remove the object that is attached via a wall anchor or stud while the one stuck on with adhesive will last as long as the glue holds out.
You should review which method you are most comfortable performing. Adhesives are straightforward but permanent. While using the stud or anchor point means that the object can be changed, but does require a bit more skill.
What follows is how to attach wood to a stucco wall with an adhesive, followed by instructions on how to apply a stud, and then a wall anchor.
Method 1- Adhesive
When using construction adhesive for attaching wood to stucco, the first step is to clean the stucco wall.
This is to ensure that the wooden object will remain fastened properly to the wall.
To clean the wall, apply the cleaning solution with a scrub brush to the area of the wall where the object will be attached.
You’ll need to remove all the loose particles, such as dirt and dust followed by any mold, mildew, grease, and other substances that are sticking to the wall.
Once it all has been removed, wipe the area with a tack cloth and let it fully dry. You can use a fan to assist in the process if you want.
Clean the Wood:
Now you are ready to clean the wood that will attach to the stucco wall.
You should focus on the side that the adhesive will apply. Start by using a dusting cloth to wipe down the object and remove any loose particles.
Next, apply a solution of isopropanol or acetone to a cloth and apply it to the surface. This should remove any stains, grit, or particles that have clung to the surface.
Then, use a tack cloth for a final wipe down of the surface area. Let the object fully dry before you take the next step.
Apply the Adhesive:
When using a construction adhesive, you should fully read the instructions and go step-by-step when applying the product.
This also means understanding how long the adhesive will take to fully cure. Armed with that information, you are now ready to apply the adhesive.
Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the area of the wall where the object will be located and wait for just a few seconds.
Next, apply the object to the adhesive on the wall and press firmly for the entire set time as indicated in the instructions. If the set time is quite long, you should find some assistance so you can switch.
Once the adhesive is set, then you are ready to let go. The object you have placed against the wall should look quite good if you have set it properly.
Method 2- Stud
If you are choosing studs, they will need to be spaced at least 16 inches apart.
You will need to mark the location of all the studs that you want to apply to the wall first.
Once all the locations are marked and checked, you can now drill a hole using a wooden drill bit into the object that will be mounted.
Once that is completed, you should switch to a masonry bit and start drilling holes into the stucco wall at the locations where the studs will be located.
The holes you drill for the studs should be the same length as that of the screw which will be used. Start drilling the starter holes. This will allow you to find the stud and use that as your anchor point.
Attach a Nut Driver:
Add the nut driver to the drilling machine and align the hole in the wooden object with the one you did into the stucco wall.
Now, drive in the screw so that it goes through the hole in the wooden object, the stud, and the stucco wall.
Repeat for every hole you have drilled in the wall and stud you have applied.
Method 3- Wall Anchor
The first step is to mark the location where the wall anchor will attach. In most cases, the wall anchor will be held in place by a fastener.
Mark the location where you will place the fastener first. Using a tape measure will help if the location needs to be precise. Otherwise, use a pencil to mark where the fastener will be inserted.
Next, you will need to make a hole for the fastener. Attach a wood bit to the power drill and drill the initial hole.
Then, press the pencil through the hole and create a wall anchor mark on the surface of the underlying wood. The heavier the wood that needs to be attached, the stronger the wall anchor will need to be.
Drill with Masonry Bit:
Attach a masonry bit to the power drill. Now, drill a hole through the stucco wall where you had marked the location of the wall anchor.
Once that is completed, you will need to place the screw or fastener through the hole in the wooden item. If you have not drilled a hole into your wooden item, yet, then you will need to do so.
Align the hole in the wall with the hole in the wooden object. Now, place the toggle bolt into the hole.
Then, use a screwdriver to drive the screw through the hole and into the wall. Do this until the screw head appears flat against the wooden object. This will secure the object against the wall.
Next, step back several feet to see if the object is properly aligned or in the position that you want. This is quite common with bookshelves or wooden racks. You can use a level to ensure that the object you place is even.
Which Method to Choose?
This will depend on your personal preferences, but generally speaking, if you are going to attach one item to the wall and you want it to side flat and permanent, then the adhesive is the way to go.
However, if you are thinking of removing the object at some point and replacing it with another, then creating an anchor point is generally better.
A stud should be used if you are attaching multiple wooden objects, such as a series of shelves or the like.
Whichever way you choose, be sure to go through each step properly for the best results.
Hi, I am Mark Garner a professional carpenter, woodworker, and DIY painter. I live in the small city of Peoria, Arizona as a semi-retired woodworker. I have started this blog with a simple motive to help you with my wood experience in this sector. If you like to know more about what I love doing and how it all got started, you can check more about me here.