I know I’m not the only one out there who is absolutely loving HGTV’s new show, Fixer Upper, and Jo’s amazing farmhouse style, or the only one who would love to use some of her ideas like shiplap as inspiration! Do you have a favorite house she’s done? I’m currently rewatching season 1 and even with them fresh in my brain I still couldn’t choose!
What I CAN choose, however, is my favorite part about each and every house- the amazing shiplap walls! Every time we peel back some drywall I look for it to miraculously appear behind a wall, but I have had 0 luck. Dang you Michigan. While it’s very tempting to move down to Texas so I could wake-up to chippy-woody-reclaimed goodness every morning, I decided to bring the look into our (slightly) more northern home instead.
I used the same method as in the closet in our main bath, (that material was actually leftover from this project!) and as I previously mentioned, I did not invent this idea, but will share the tutorial on how we did it just in case you have not run across one yet!
First off we scurried over to Home Depot to pick up a few sheets of floor underlayment for around $10 each. We had the sheets ripped down into 5 1/2″ strips at the store, thanks to an amazingly nice employee.
We had previously painted the top half of our dining room wall in BM’s Hale Navy, and then primed and painted each strip of wood before adhering to the walls. Having no flooring in the house yet definitely helped this step go quicker : )
All it took was a few cuts to fit the strips to the length of our walls and after marking where our studs were, a few nails to keep them in place. An oscillating tool was used to cut out spaces for electrical outlets as we went along.
We started from the bottom and where we could, we used one board to cover the whole wall. Where our boards were too short, we alternated long to short, short to long, to give it a staggered effect. As you might be able to spot in the picture, we used the easiest spacers ever- nickels! This helped give it that rustic shiplap look and made the process go by quickly and easily.
Once it was all up on the walls, I gave it a final coat of white eggshell paint to cover up the nails (but did not fill them first since we are going for rustic here.)
Next up was the trim! We chose a decorative trim from the depot (aka our second home) as well as a few corner pieces to cover up our “seams” where the shiplap met in a corner.
The cuts were a bit tricky, but once we got the hang of it to get the look that we wanted, it went up fairly easy! Basically when in doubt, miter it. A few more nails, some caulk, another coat of paint, and we were ready to call this project done.
I love how the white pops against the navy walls, and how easy and inexpensive this project was to complete. I’ll be back soon to share how we built an inexpensive shelf & table for the room, and of course lighting and accessories, so make sure to add your email if you’d like to follow along : )
And, just for kicks, here’s a shot of the room when we moved in. Amazing what flooring and paint can do in a short time : ) Can’t wait to share the rest!
What do you think? Is shiplap your favorite part of Fixer Upper as well? I have another project inspired by the designs on the show that we’re working on right now, and I can’t wait to share!
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