Shiplap, Shiplap, Shiplap DIY

Ever since Joanna Gaines made her shiplap debut on fixer upper I have been obsessed with it. I love everything about it. In February we purchased our first home and I knew I HAD to incorporate shiplap into my house. I was so excited when we closed on our house  and I was finally able to get in there and do my first shiplap project.  That excitement quickly wore off when I realized that shiplap is actually pretty expensive, and it wasn’t in the budget at the time for me to do. I decided to do some research. I realized I could get creative and do a faux shiplap, it would still look great and cost me only a fraction of the price. In fact, to do my whole dining room accent wall it only cost me about $50!! When I posted photos on my personal social media pages I had a lot of people ask me questions on how I did it.  So today I am going to share with you how I did it, and also show you a few different shiplap projects I did in my house. I really love how they turned out.

When I started doing my research I realized an alternative would be to take plywood and cut it into 6 inch strips and use that instead of real shiplap. Once painted white, you really couldn’t even tell the difference. I decided to take it a frugal step further. While I was at Lowe’s one day noticed that they had something called underlayment. It’s 4 x 8 sheets that are typically used to lay on top of your floors before you would lay flooring down. It was only $13 for a 4 x 8 sheet and I was totally down for the $10 per sheet savings over traditional plywood.

The cool thing about Lowes is that they will cut your wood for you. It’s saved me a ton of time by bringing my sheets of underlayment to the cutting department and having them cut it down and 6 inch strips for me. Once I got home I had the strips of underlayment that look like this picture. I wasn’t originally planning on making this a blog post so I’m sorry for not having more picture details. I think I can help you guys get the idea with what I do have though.

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I decided to start first on my dining room wall. I’ve done 4 different projects with shiplap  now and with each of them I’ve done it a little bit differently. With one I started at the top and the other started at the bottom. I don’t think that part technically matters as long as you make sure your first piece is level. At the bottom I put a quick video of me doing one of my walls so you can get an idea of how I did it. With my dining room however you can see I started at the bottom. Because my wall was too long for just one strip I off-set my strips back-and-forth so that they were staggered all the way down. When I had my long pieces in, I then went back to fill in all of my short pieces. Doing around the outlets was a little bit tricky but  you can measure where your outlets are and cut it out pretty quickly with a saw.

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One of the things that makes shiplap unique is the spaces in between each strip. To get that effect, I took a nickel and put it between each strip so that when it was painted you could visibly see the spacing between each board. You don’t want to lay them flush against each other or it won’t give you that same effect. I just used two nickels and slipped them in on each end of my board so that I knew that they were spaced apart.

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This is what my wall looked like when I was finished and it was painted. I had pretty cute help also! The cool thing about shiplap is that its supposed to look “not perfect”. So if you end up with some gaps that aren’t perfectly the same size it really just adds to the character of the wall. As long as you make sure your shiplap is level and straight I don’t think you can really mess it up. I hope this is helpful and that you guys give it a try! It was actually quite simple and added such a fun dynamic to the room!

Here are a few pictures of my finished dining room wall and some other projects I have done!! Enjoy!

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Life doesn’t have to look perfect!

I just finished reading (well listening) to the Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

A couple weeks ago I had someone tell me that I should really read it. They thought I should read it more to hear how Chip got his start with flipping houses. It was a great book and I loved hearing their story but there was something about that book in the later chapters that made me really sad.

It didn’t have anything to do with their story about how their success came to be or how they started flipping houses, It was a chapter where Joanna was talking to mothers of young children. She was talking to ME. She was sharing about how early on in their success when she had small children she worked so hard to have a perfect house. She would get upset if her kids would make a mess or spill something because it took away from the beauty she was trying to create. She would quickly make them clean up their toys soon after making a mess and was a slave to this idea of everything always looking perfect. As a result she was stressed out and didn’t take the time to enjoy the fun messy life that comes with having small children.

I started to think about how she was pretty much describing me. I LOVE a clean and beautiful house and I don’t think that there is anything wrong with that but, it often stresses me out and makes me frustrated about things that not are not a big deal. My boys are having fun and making memories. I am robbing them of that when I am constantly making a big deal about their books or toys being all over the place. I often feel like all I do all day is clean up. Instead I should be taking that time to make fun memories.

I decided yesterday that I was gonna make conscience effort to not be so uptight about it. Don’t get me wrong I will always love a clean house its just who I am but, I don’t want to miss out on memories with my boys because I am stressed about having a perfect looking house. I thought of the messiest thing I could do with Hudson that I knew he would love and it was to let him make a cake BY HIMSELF. Not with me their trying to stir something or add something so he didn’t make a huge mess. So I helped with measurements and with the oven but other then that I let him have fun and do it. HE LOVED IT and so did I. He really didn’t even make a big mess lol.

I am thankful that someone told me to read that book. It may not have been for the purpose of which I most related but it was just what I needed to hear. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!IMG_1545