How many Fixer Upper fans out there? Any shiplap lovers out there?! If you are like me, I have fallen in love with the farmhouse/rustic/glamorous idea for an accent wall or whole room for that matter. Little did I know that the beloved shiplap Joanna Gaines frequents in her design details is nothing new! When I started my blog last September, I started stepping out of my comfort zone with DIY projects. The more and more I watched Fixer Upper, the more intrigued I became with this so-called shiplap. Lo and behold, a conversation over iced tea with my mom and dad led to a walk out to the tool shed that was harboring the real stuff! Let’s just say I was in awe…
I returned shortly after that trip, this time with Glenn and a truck. We loaded a few boards and played around with some shelving and hand painted signs for the house. My mind was rolling though, and soon we ventured forward and replaced the fireplace hearth with a shiplap floor, and loved it!
Once your mind ventures into creative land, there’s no turning back. I wondered if an accent wall would be possible, and lightly broached the subject with Glenn. Like I expected, he seemed a little unsure, but willing to try, all the while thinking of what an enormous job it would be.
He had just finished the last piece of wainscoting for the kitchen back splash and was waiting for the caulk to dry, when he decided to measure the bedroom wall, cut a piece of shiplap, and nail it up just to see how it looked. Wait, what?!! I was in shock!! That day he ended up hanging half the wall without even moving the bed!! Understatement to say I was excited!!
Now, I would like to acknowledge the fact that it looked beautiful au natural. Truly, I do love the different shades of natural wood, but I knew I wanted to paint it. There may be some of you that don’t agree, and that’s ok. That’s why we are all made unique, I celebrate you and your unique choices, so please respect my decisions as well. With that being said, I’ll admit, I was having trouble plunging forward. Then, I started thinking about a white wash affect and lightly researched it, finding it to be a simple application. I am excited to share just how easy it was. We live at a lake and are surrounded by farm country, so the white wash affect goes perfect in our home and was exactly the look I imagined; all the while displaying the natural wood grain, which made painting it not seem so evil. This next photo shows the thickness of the wood.
Needless to say cutting around the light switches and outlets wasn’t too fun, I’ll state that for Glenn 😉 .
- Paint – I chose Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint
- Bucket to mix paint
- Paint brush
I can’t say I studied any one internet site on application process, I barely skimmed a few articles and realized I would be able to tackle this without returning for directions. It’s so easy!
I sanded just slightly and washed down the wall. Mix 2 parts water to 1 part paint. I had to add a little more paint, you will know the consistency of your liking once you begin. Use a paint brush and paint in small areas. The paint will dry quickly. Take your rag and wipe with the grain of the wood, and move on the the next area. It is rather messy, as your rag gets wetter and wetter with paint, make sure to wear old clothes, my hands were covered.
After I was finished, I decided to go back over a few boards a second time just to give some contrast and more of a lake house feel.
Here are some before and after 🙂
Added some finishing touches – love the old window and shout out to Ruby Jewel for the wreath 😉
We are just tickled with how this turned out! Next up – painting the furniture!! I so hope I have inspired you today <3 !
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