Monday, July 11, 2016

Shiplap Tutorial




You know that one spot in your house that you never know how to decorate because it's so awkward? For us, that spot was our living room since it had no fireplace.  Apparently fireplaces aren't all that common in Texas...who knew? For months we were at a loss, but after almost a year of trying to decide what to do with that giant, white wall, we decided shiplap was the way to go.  Little did I know, it would be a huge pain in the ass.  Worth it, but still a huge pain.  

I know, you're probably looking at the before picture and saying, "yikes!"  Yes, I know how bad the tv stand was and let me tell ya, baskets and two kids make for a daily mess


WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 6 inch plywood planks
  • spackling/caulk
  • sandpaper
  • paint roller/brush
  • nickels
  • level
  • nail gun
  • air compressor 
  • tape measure 


WHAT YOU DO:

We started from the ceiling and worked our way down. We alternated the longer and shorter boards so we wouldn't have a solid seem in the middle of the wall.  


We used a nickel as a spacer...we're fancy around here.





Once it was time to paint, I caulked the edges of the wall, spackled and sanded the seems.  That part was the most time consuming.  It's ridiculous how many coats of paint that wall needed. 



Once the shiplap was complete, we mounted the t.v. and added IKEA SEKTION cabinets to make a floating fauxdenza.  Who needs a mantle when you have this?!

My favorite part?  Not having to clean up baskets daily!


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