As promised in my laundry room reveal, I am back to write a post on my diy shiplap experience – the good, the bad, and the ugly. As I said there are so many tutorials out there on Pinterest, but just recently one of my favorite bloggers Jenna Sue posted an amazing video tutorial. This is exactly how I did mine. I used the same 1/4″ plywood, a nail gun, nickel spacers, and jigsaw. It was an easy and quick (once you find a rhythm) project that makes a big impact.
Just like Jenna Sue, I had my plywood cut into strips by the guy at Lowe’s. You can do six inches or eight inches as a standard. I tested what I liked on the wall with a piece of paper first, I thought six inches was too small and eight was too big so I went with seven. Go figure.
Using a stud finder, I marked the studs on the wall with tape. I started at the top first and made my way down nailing each strip of plywood into the studs. For this project, I bought a new nail gun that I am obsessed with now and can’t believe I lived without one for so long.
As I made my way down, which happened pretty quickly I ran into an obstacle – the outlets. Using my jigsaw I marked and cut around them, but for my first time I didn’t do a very good job. Oh well. The bad part was actually the plywood. Because it is so thin, sometimes while cutting it would break or chip on the ends. If you are a perfectionist like me, this can be really irritating. Luckily, I used molding to cover up those imperfections. At the bottom I placed a piece of molding where the shiplap met the counter top. Then using wood filler, I filled all the nail holes and rough edges.
The ugly – I attempted to use caulk on the seams between the shiplap and wall, however I wasn’t a fan of how this turned out and went back to Lowe’s to get more of the molding I had used on the bottom section. The molding helped cover the ugly imperfections and ease my OCD mind. If you are wanting the rustic shiplap look, don’t fill in any nail holes or broken wood areas. For me, that wasn’t the look I was going for and I wanted a fresh clean look.
Once the wall was completed, I was amazed at the impact. It made the room seem larger, taller, and gave it so much character. Next, was paint. I originally chose Ultra White by Valspar. The plywood will soak up a lot of paint so you will need a few coats.
It was hard to get an even coat, the paint was blotchy and just didn’t look right to me no matter how many coats I was putting on. The Ultra White was a little “too white” and looked sterile. I then used Sherwin Williams Dover White which is the trim and door color in the rest of our home. In the bottom photo, you can see the difference. After painting all the shiplap in Dover White, I thought I was happy with result. Well, then I painted the walls Valspar Oatland’s Subtle Taupe which is the same wall color we have in the rest of our home. Because this room has no natural light, the colors are very different looking than the rest of our house. The walls had a green hue, and the Dover White started looking dingy and dirty to me. I went to Lowe’s and picked up three samples of different whites. It had been a couple days and all the whites were starting to look the same to me. I took a break, walked away, and came back a few hours later. I loved the Ultra White. It was bright, clean and the look I was originally going for. So, it was back to the Ultra White. All that agony just to go back to my original plan. Oh well.
So was the shiplap debacle worth it? Absolutely. Would I do it again? Duh. In fact, it is going up in our dining room in just a few weeks. Oh and I’ll be painting all of our trim and doors Ultra White. Now I see the yellow dingy tint in the Dover White everywhere! Click below to see more of my laundry room and the full reveal.