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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