“A house is made of walls and beams; A home is built with love and dreams.”
Other than Fashion and Beauty my other favorite passion is remodeling. I love to tear and rip stuff up only to yell at Beeper or my Dad to come and fix it. ha-ha Beeper knows me so well that I always have this certain look I apparently make that tells him I have done something that I shouldn’t. But in my opinion, I always say it is best to beg for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.
So, this past summer I remodeled our living room. Well, I am still not finished considering it needs trim and I have this huge idea that I want to do in the hallway. But until then I will say that it is 95% finished. I do not like to use the word “hate” but when it comes to carpet….I seriously h a t e it. I loathe it. I despise it. So that was on my number 1 “To-Do list.”
I knew from the start that I wanted the wall with my gorgeous fireplace to be an accent wall. So, I decided to look up shiplap. I had no clue what I was getting myself into but after researching shiplap I realized that I was going to be spending a lot of money. So I went with another route….I found out that you could simply make your own shiplap soooo much cheaper!
I used 4×8 Utility Sanded Plywood Panels. (Depending upon the size of your wall will determine how many slices of plywood you would need.) One side is smoother than the other. The rough side is what will be nailed to the wall.
Paint (Alabaster in Eggplant by Sherwin Williams.)
Table Saw (optional) (Lowes can cut your plywood for you in-store)
Jig-saw (optional) (If you are cutting around outlets then you will need this saw)
Nail Gun/Nail Gun Nails
To save me time I got Lowes to cut my boards for me. The measurements I went with was 6×8, as shown in the 1st picture. Also, the price of the plywood depends upon where you live. I have seen other Lowes with much cheaper prices.
Before you start you want to mark the wall where the studs are and follow this pattern to nail your boards in. You also want to level the first board. If it is uneven when you start then the rest will be uneven. Luckily, our floors were completely level so we had no problem starting off. We started from floor to ceiling which in my opinion is much easier and we started working right from left because my fireplace is to the left of Brandon (In black shirt).
*Also, after applying the first plank I would recommend to start painting in between the cracks. It can get messy but you will thank me in the long run.
Starting on the next row which it will be the left because you want a staggered look. (You don’t want all of the boards lined up or it will not give it a shiplap look.) This part I do not have pictures of because I had to hold the board in place while holding a nickel in between. The nickel is going to be how much spacing it will give you after each board. You may think it won’t give much of a look but it will put the perfect gap in between the planks.
Keep measuring, cutting and nailing your planks to the wall until you reach the top. I already had ceiling crown molding so I just planked my shiplap right under it which is where I stopped. I have seen other people choose to go completely under it but I decided to just meet it.
Once all of it is finished it is time to paint! Finished look below 🙂
Between these two pictures I ended up painting our mantle with chalk paint. This was the first time I had ever used chalk paint and I completely fell in love! I felt like the original color was too light and did not go with the color of the stone.
Before and After we removed the carpet and laid new flooring. Goodbye, carpet!
My DIY Shiplap is finished after two coats of Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams. I know the bottom of my fireplace is bare without any decor but that it is hard to do when I have a two-year old running around. 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed my first DIY post. If you try this out or have another way of doing it please comment below and tell me. I love DIYS and of course saving money. I hope you all have a wonderful day or night where ever you may be. 🙂