Shiplap: Chip and Joanna wanna-bes

For the love of shiplap

Shiplap: Chip and Joanna wanna-bes

Shiplap. That one word sets my soul on fire. Convincing my husband that shiplap should set his soul on fire was an entirely different story.

For those of you who don’t know what shiplap is, it is a little piece of heaven for those of us who religiously follow Fixer Upper on HGTV. If you want more ideas on how to use shiplap, check out Pinterest. Pinterest is a lover of all things shiplap’s dream. (I would LOVE it if you would follow me on Pinterest. You can click on the Pinterest Follow Me button at the top of my website on the right hand side and it will take you to my account). You can check out some of my pins and see what some of my pinning friends are pinning (how many times can I say pin or pinning?) Anyway, I digress.

So, this is how the conversation went (sort of) when I asked Russ what he thought about it:

Me: So, I was thinking since we haven’t remodeled the living room in about 15 years, it needs to be done.

Russ: (Silence)

Me: I think one entire wall would look AH-MAZING if we did it in shiplap.

Russ: Silence (but I know he’s thinking how much work this is going to be for him).

Me: If we do it ourselves, this will save us a BUNCH of $$.

Russ: (yep, this is going to be a pain in my butt; he did not say it but he was thinking it).

Me: So this is how we can do it.

Russ: (sighs).

I found a DIY video on how to install shiplap yourself. Of course, videos make it look all too easy and that it should only take a few hours. HA!

In a nutshell, here is how that few hour project ended up taking a week:

We went to the lumber yard and got 3 sheets of plywood which they stripped down to 8 inches wide. Since I wanted it to be white, I had to paint all of that with primer + white paint. And it didn’t take just 1 coat. Oh heavens no. That would be TOO easy. And then one day it starting raining while some of it was drying in the backyard  (the weatherman did NOT say it was going to rain) and those were ruined.  TIP: Use paint that has primer already in it; it will save you a bunch of time. And did you know there is a certain side of the plywood that is smooth and the other side is not? I didn’t either.  Found that fun fact out the hard way.

Once we got it (I mean I) got it all painted, we (Russ) had to do a lot of measuring and cutting because you want all kinds of different lengths. Here’s a trick: Put a few quarters in between the rows to get the separation of rows before you start nailing the shiplap onto the wall. If you don’t do that, you are going to have a wall without the lines and it will look like a big sheet of plywood on your wall.

The picture at the top of this blog is the result of our first shiplap DIY project. It looks pretty good for Chip and Joanna Gaines wanna-bes.

I will give Russell a few months to forget about the shiplap project, and then ever so nicely ask him what he thinks about shiplapping the kitchen. Poor guy.

Until next time,



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