My Shiplap Addiction

My Shiplap Addiction

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 custom 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 excited to learn that Home Depot had recently started to carry shiplap, in a beautiful gray barn wood color. I had originally wanted to do white shiplap, but I truly loved the rustic gray so much I decided, if I should ever change my mind about the color I could paint it white.  Decision made!!!  So of course, now we divised a plan to install shiplap above the fireplace all the up to the ceiling. Please keep in mind this is not a DIY for the faint of heart.

 TIP: This project would be considered more on an intermediate skill level.  You must have the proper tools, and basic carpentry knowledge.
One major piece of equipment that we needed to complete the project was scaffolding.  A two story bakers rack scaffolding, to be exact. We were able to rent the scaffolding 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 neighbors to assist in the installation of the shiplap boards. 

We decided to first make a grid all the way up with the exterior trim boards and then fill in with the shiplap panels. We chose to install the grid first to create a perfectly straight visual line all the way up to the ceiling. Then by measuring each of the boards to go inside of the grid, therefore we were able to avoid uneven or bowed boards, to form a perfect vertical view. Another important tip is we chose to start with a full board at the top and work our way down. Which meant a ripped board would have to be installed at the bottom, directly into the top of the existing mantle. This decision was an important decision, since visually the bottom would be covered by the TV and sound bar. Therefore the ripped board, would not be blatantly visible while sitting or standing in the room, or at least not as much as the top board near the ceiling.

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. What a huge difference the shiplap makes for the overall designs of the room. I have a feeling my shiplap addiction will not be end here. I already have a few more projects and ideas up my sleeve. Be sure to check back in soon as well work on the drop zone and few other ship lap projects!!!! 

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  4. Once I saw this magnificent ship lap on your wall I knew I would have to hunt it down and start a weekend project. Does it work in area like a bathroom, with steam and such? Just wondering if you had it anywhere else in your home.

    • The product is very hardy and holds up to lots of conditions, including direct rain. I made a outdoor sign with my leftover cuts and it has been outside for over a year now and still looks great.

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  6. I love shiplap but it is not a native thing here in Seattle. So the fact I can purchase this great looking product has me over the moon. This warm and helpful suggestions indicates to me what a great person you are. Many thanks, from everyone of us out here.

  7. I learned lots of details, which included what it is like to possess a marvelous mindset, and to let many more various extremely tough topics work themselves out. You really did more than my expectations and created a beautiful mantle. Thank you for supplying these great ideas on the topic to me.

  8. You really made a beautiful area there. The fireplace desperately needed something to draw the eye up in that palatial room. Now it is a gorgeous center piece for you guest to focus on. I am glad you use barn wood/shiplap verses the tired old fashioned look of stone. Plus I can tell you I have stone and it is hard to keep clean since it is porous, soot smears, and smoke will discolor it over the years, but you can actually repaint yours if that happens to you.

  9. Shiplap addiction…hahahah me too. I love the stuff an its all over my house. My mother law says I am living in a pine box before I die…..hahahaha no accounting for taste. The helpful guidelines indicates much to me and even more to my peers. Thanks a ton; from all of us.

  10. I believe that you should write more on this topic, ship lap is currently all the rage thanks to Fixer Upper, which is sadly being cancelled. Maybe you should contact HGTV and fill that slot! Cheers to your future.

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  18. I know this is not original shiplap but it does looks really good. Where did you find it? Was it already ready the weather gray color if not what paint did you use?

    • Jimmi, it is available at Home Depot and is already painted Behr Gray. Thanks for stopping by and checking out our little blog. ūüôā

  19. I had never heard of shiplap until now but it looks so so good! When I own my own place I would love to add this in!

    • I know am right there with you. Shiplap has recently been a huge development in interior designs. Mainly brought to the forefront by the Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

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