DIY Faux Shiplap | Raising A Farmhouse

Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY Faux Shiplap

I have been obsessing over shiplap for a while now,
 I knew in 2015 that I wanted to add it to several places in my home in the new year.  So on one of our rescent four day weekends, my husband was sweet enough to go to lowes and get me 
7 hardboards (Masonite) and have them rip them in 6" strips for me. 
This saved me a ton of work and time,
 plus they did it for free and it took them like 5 minutes... so ya... I mean... why not!

As you can see, the wall in our living room is quite large, so I knew this would an awesome feature wall and since I was going to paint it lighter, I knew it would give the room an all over brighter appearance. Plus, this is the first wall you see when you enter into our home.

I also did a smaller wall in the kitchen, so 7 boards did both walls and for under $70.

Materials Needed:

  1. Ripped Hardboard in 6" strips
  2. Airgun Nailer
  3. Adhesive if you feel like you need it (for back of boards)
  4. One of the following: (or in my case, all three)
  5. Miter Saw
  6. Jig Saw
  7. Table Saw
  8. White Paint
  9. Bristle Brush

I did this by myself with a miter saw and a brad nailer. I would recommend if you can get someone to help you, do. Even tho my boards were only 4ft long, they still were a bit difficult and would shift some. My wall is not perfect, some boards did not line up correctly. That was partly me and partly when they were cut they are not 100% accurate, so some boards are 6" some are give or take a few..

But lucky for me, I'm not bothered by imperfections, I love when things are perfectly imperfect. I feel it lends to the authenticity and adds more character, or at least that's what I'm telling myself:)

So, on this wall, I started on the top and worked my way down. For the second row, I would cut one of the 4ft section boards in half so that way the seams would stagger.

I started out using a nickel as a spacer, but after the damn thing fell a bazillion times, 
I resorted to just 'eye balling' it.

Don't get to discouraged at this point, it doesn't look so hot, but once you put the paint on, it covers many imperfection and makes the seams pop.

I painted my boards with a bristle brush instead of a roller, yes it was a pain and yes it took forever, but I wanted them to look old and worn and you won't get that with a roller.

I don't know what it is about white paint, but I just love it! 
I swear if I could paint everything white, I would!

I think my husband would kill me tho...

I just finished up the final pieces, this weekend. I had to cut some major angles around the stair case, I had to use a jig saw for that too.

I still need to finish up the very very bottom. I need 2" wide pieces, so I am going to have to wait until I get my table saw back from my dad's. but in the meantime, 
I am going to paint it white so it blends a bit better.

All in all, this wall took me one whole day. But I broke it up into two half days..
Not bad tho for such an awesome result.

I love the modern farmhouse feel it lends to our sweet little farmhouse.
I feel like this is how it should have looked all along.

I want to shiplap our guest bath, guest bedroom and the future nursery...

But who knows...

Thanks for stopping by guys, hope you enjoyed this!


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