This post is a long time coming…I’m so sorry!
I love to blog, but I certainly don’t have all the time I would like to do it.
My life is busy so I do what I can I suppose.
We purchased our home a year ago YESTERDAY July 31st and this year has been full of lots of projects done to the house.
One is the projects has been to add some DIY shiplap on the wall of our dining area. I figured this wall would be a fantastic one to accent with something fun like shiplap!
This is the actual picture off the MLS listing service from as the dining room looked before we moved in…our kitchen and dining area connect as an eat-in kitchen area so on the other side is our kitchen.
We live small in our house and I will tell you more about that in the future!
But for now, this is the BEFORE BEFORE of the room!
I added the pedestal table I had refinished specifically for this space once we moved in and it was a perfect fit, but I still wanted to add to it.
After all we moved from a rented townhouse which we loved, but were not able to add our touch to much of it other than painting some walls.
I was READY.
Now I just needed to get my husband Chris on board.
That’s not always easy to be honest.
He is a busy guy – he is a full-time pastor working on his doctoral degree with a family that keeps him hopping.
Spare time is not something he has much of.
Soooooo…..I thought perhaps I could ask for my shiplap wall as a Mother’s Day gift?
What says LOVE to your wife more than a COMPLETED HOME PROJECT?
You can keep the flowers 😉
My love language is acts of service and when Chris does something around the house for me, I am in HOG HEAVEN.
So this is what I asked for and he dug in and delivered it even after preaching a sermon on Mother’s Day Sunday.
He’s pretty amazing!
I studied lots of tutorials on Pinterest on how to create your own DIY shiplap wall.
I priced the actual shiplap at Lowes to compare costs and I think I estimated about $250 in supplies if I bought the snap together kind.
Sounds easy, but we live on a very limited budget so that price wasn’t going to do.
My projects are done inexpensively.
It’s how we roll.
So off to Lowes we went!
We referred to these two great tutorials for our project so I will link it here…
There are lots of specifics on these tutorials so please check them out. We used most of the methods described, but I am more of a wing it person than a follow every recipe to the specific detail person so I will just give you an overview of what we did to create our wall.
If you need the step-by-step, refer to the tutorials I linked 🙂
First step…head to Lowes to find your wood!
I love this deer in the headlights look on my husband…I think home projects bring out that look in him 😉
We went with 1/4 inch think plywood for our shiplap and I think it cost about $16 for a 4 X 8 sheet.
We purchased three sheets for our project and we had decided before this trip that we wanted to go with 6 inch wide strips for our project.
You could either do full length strips to run the entirety of your wall or a few strips across the row on your wall.
We close to do multiple pieces rather than one strip across the full wall.
So…luckily Lowes will cut your wood to the measurements of your choosing for FREE.
I think that is pretty awesome!
That HUGE saw is pretty terrifying though.
We had the Lowes guy cut each sheet down into long pieces and decided we could cut them into the pattern we decided upon at home.
Yes the wood was cut and we could now get down to business!
We made a template to make measuring super easy.
|Then we cut those pieces down in the garage.
We chose to make a pattern across the wall which I will show you in the pictures.
We used paneling nails to hammer in the pieces…you could also glue them, but we wanted to be able to remove them later if need be.
We used a penny to add spaces between shiplap pieces for our project.
Adding spaces helps to give texture as well as allows for imperfections in the size of the wood pieces. I suppose you could butt the pieces up against each other, but the logistics of doing that perfectly seems maddening.
Ain’t no one got time for that.
Imperfection is my life’s quest 😉
(and man, am I delivering)
My husband nailed all the pieces into place on that first day…I was so excited!
A few days later, I decided it was time to finish this project.
I primed first with special attention to the seams in the wood.
One note…before we added ANY shiplap, I had painted the wall white beneath and I was glad I did because the underlying color definitely peeks out through those spaces!
It seemed silly at the time, but later I understood why it was so important.
Once I primed the wall with a coat of water-based primer, it was time to paint!
I painted two coats of Valspar’s Swiss Coffee on the wall…I think it was a satin finish in case you wondered.
The project was pretty easy and believe me, we are novices!
Anyone can do it and I would say VERY inexpensively!
I think with wood and nails and paint (which I already had on hand), it ran around $60 for the whole kit and caboodle.
And what a difference it makes!
My kind of project…low cost/little time = big impact!
Thanks for reading!
What projects are you working on in your space right now?