My Shiplap Fireplace DIY
Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines,”shiplap” has become a part of a main stream global conversation. As a result shiplap has now and and will forever, hold a very special place in the history of interior design.
When we custom built our house a couple years ago, shiplap was not a considered a design staple, as it is today. Our builders design center did not have, or even offer, shiplap as an “add” or option for us. So we opted to leave our fireplace wall blank in our great room. We had hoped that we would install our own shiplap after getting settled in. Sadly, from the pictures below, you can see how the lack of a full fireplace facade makes the room very unfinished, a total blank slate.
Only a few months after our closing, I was so excited to learn that one of our local big box retailers had recently started to carry a faux version of shiplap, in a beautiful gray barn wood color. Now you can actually get the entire Rustic Collection Shiplap collection online and delivered directly to your door which is so much simpler. It also comes in several other beautiful colors, I had originally wanted to do white shiplap, but I truly fell in love the rustic gray. I decided, if I should ever change my mind about the color I could always paint it white to match the rest of my trim at a later date. We devised a plan to install shiplap above the fireplace up to the top of our 22 foot ceiling. Please keep in mind this is not a DIY for the faint of heart an anyone that is afraid of heights, lol. One major piece of equipment that we needed to complete the project was scaffolding. We decided to rented a two story, bakers rack scaffolding available at Sunbelt, a local tool rental company, for a very reasonable day rate.
Once we got the scaffolding all set up, my husband enlisted the help of one of our neighbors to help install the shiplap boards. It turns out that he was also interested in working with product for his home, too for a a future nursery. So it was a great time to see how the product was to work with and it really helped us out too. The plan was to first make a grid, by using the exterior trim boards, running from the mantle to the ceiling. Then filled in the frame work with the shiplap panels. Which we custom cut to size for each section, which keep everything plumb. By choosing to install a grid first, we created a perfectly straight visual line all the way up to the ceiling. Then by measuring each of the boards to go inside the grid, we were able to avoid any uneven or bowed boards, to form a perfect vertical view. Another really important tip is, we chose to start with a full board at the top and work our way down. The reason for this was to insure that the ripped board, if needed, would be installed at the bottom, directly into the top of the existing mantle. This would help to covered the board by the TV and sound bar. Therefore the ripped board, would not be blatantly visible while sitting or standing in the room, as it would near the ceiling. In my experience, your eye will always have a tendency to travel the to imperfections in a room first. This is very unfortunate truth, and an absolute fact.
TIP: It is always important to think through your entire DIY project and visualize the end result, prior to starting. As exciting as it is to start a project, this step can truly save you a lot of re-work or heartache.
This was our final result, and we are very happy with the out come of this project. What a huge difference the shiplap makes for the overall design of this room. I have to tell you, I have a feeling my shiplap addiction will not be end here. I already have a few more projects and ideas up my sleeve. If you liked this DIY and love shiplap you may want to check out our posts on The Shiplap Dropzone, The $100 Room Challenge Shiplap Linen Closet , and our DIY Cedar Ceiling Beams.
DIY TIP: This project would be considered more on an intermediate skill level. You must have the proper tools, and basic carpentry knowledge for this task.
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