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Shiplap accent wall.

Hey hey guys! I promised you a blog on this shiplap wall. This is the easiest weekend DIY!

I really needed something to break up this long wall. Had to be quick easy and not too expensive as the holidays were right around the corner. Also very dramatic that’s where the black came in my favorite neutral base.

A few things I will be sharing, the vision, the pros the cons the do’s and don’ts

The vision!!

I always start with a vision board, to show the hubby what I was thinking. So be sure to draw a quick sketch so you can communicate your vision, it also helps brainstorm the idea. Measure once, twice, three times if needed.

You will need to know height and width. Start and finish of the shiplap.

Let’s get started!

Off to Home Depot I picked up my boards there. most hardware stores have this. Now at the store you can find the shiplap boards. These boards are specific to shiplap because shiplap has a unique design where they have a a small gap between each board. The shiplap board has a tongue and groove that will do the work for you so you don’t spend time trying to measure the gap between every board. Or place a nickel in between every board. The primed ones cost a bit more however you spend less time on the project. So worth it.

The next piece was a molding trim, (sorry I cant find the sku, will add a highlight on IG. be sure to follow me there) design is all in the details. Since this was not going to be the entire run of the wall and just between the crown molding and a base board. I wanted it to look like it was a part of the architecture of the house. The trim was going to ground this and create a beautiful focal wall.

How much material will I need?

ok here’s where you want to make sure you have all your measurements and please do round up. The store bought pre -cute shiplap is 8’long and 8″( a little under) wide.

The width(left to right) was no longer than 8′ long so I wasn’t going to need any extra pieces. The height of my wall is 8′ = 96″ you then divide by 8″ as that is the width of the shiplap board which gave me 12. If it was 12.35 I would round up and get 13 pieces just meant the last piece was going to have to be smaller than 8″ wide.

If you are adding shiplap to a space that has a longer horizontal run than 8′ long you will have to account for that. I recommend you draw it out if you need to visualize how many pieces you will need.

Do’s and don’t

Do have your shiplap cut at the hardware store. They totally will for you. I have a jigsaw however the cuts aren’t as precise or as clean as they would be by the store. Unless you have a tablesaw, which we don’t. However all cuts have to be greater than 12″ so if your cut is less than 12″ you will need to cut it yourself. It’s important to have those clean straight cuts because you might have to butt a few pieces up together or if you decided not to add the trim you will see those cuts being a bit off, especially if its your first time using the tools.

Do have straight clean cuts or have the store do it for you.

Do add trim to cover any imperfections

Do buy extra peices for any mess up’s

This last one is very important

DO PAINT BEFORE!! nailing the shiplap to the wall especially if you use a color. Why because you will be stuck paint in between the gaps with a tiny paint brush that will take you extra time.

Do buy all your materials so you aren’t running back and forth to the store.

DON’T skip any of the above steps if you want a smooth short stressless DIY project

Lastly yes please get help, at least 2-3 people you will need an extra hand to hold the shiplap on the wall while the other person checks to see if it is leveled and the other person nails the shiplap. However we did it with two and it came out GREAT. You can use a laser level to help with that.

** I am not a contractor, please note that these are my opinions and suggestions from my personal experience.

Visuals of the process

Be sure to measure where you will cut if you don’t have the hardware store cut it for you. However professional cuts are the best option if you don’t have the proper table-saw.

Here’s my hubby posing for the blog, lol!! After the first piece went up we made sure to check that it was leveled. We have a laser measure but could not find it. I recommend it to make sure it goes on straight. I have a pretty good eye though so it worked out well. HAHAHA!

This is the point where I was regretting not painting that tongue and groove section first before hanging the shiplap. Why? because you will have to use a fine tip brush and go through every single line. No fun but we still got it done in one weekend.

You can see it up close here.

We made it to the bottom.

The bottom. Let’s talk about that. The small gap at the bottom is because the size we need is less than 8″ that needs cutting. If i use the jigsaw I will make sure it is the part that will face down as I need the top piece to connect to the last piece so we want to make sure you don’t cut the tongue or groove off. It doesn’t show after I place the back board to the electric fireplace so it’s all good!

The finished product, TA DA!

Love how it turned out. Added a few Christmas touches until we finish a few more things, YAY!! Now I NEED SOME COLOR and some lights. Hope this helps you in your next DIY. Tag me on IG so I can see yours. Later guys talk to you soon.

Tools and Materials we used.

You can find the links to these materials here.*

Lastly are some basic prep materials no links here this is to your preference. Tray and liners, I recommend roller brushes for a smoother finish and the paint to your liking. I used Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black emerald with a matte finish.

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