I've been trying to add more light to my house with lots more white and I was highly curious how shiplap would make me feel. I love the idea of it but is it something I would want lots of? I decided that my laundry room was the place to go for it. I did my best to document the process.
as you can see in this picture I had started painting the laundry room teal years ago with the intention of doing bead board. I also started tiling the backsplash to my counter too. That's another project to share another day. My husband and I "ripped" (or sawed) plywood into long 8" tall strips. The plywood we used was the thinnest we could by. 1/8" Lauan plywood 4x8'. Lowes will cut it for you but usually will charge per cut. It took 6 boards at approximately $12 each. In a small place with lots of nooks and crannies, it seemed like we did s great deal of additional cuts on our own. I imagine a single wall with little interruption would go up really fast.
I applied the first board at the bottom of the wall along the trim and used nickels to create an even gap. Using my nail gun and air compressor I used trim nails to attach tha boards. I angled the nails at different angles to secure the boards more firmly. Below is an example of my handy dandies. These tools will change your life! Or at least open up your home improvement world.
I decided that I was going to have to do something a little different than I had seen before and it would give the boards depth to make them look more authentic.
If you'll notice the bottom half of the wall still shows where I sprayed a dark brown spray paint into the crevices. I tried several methods and this one was the fastest. I used big poster board and wore a mask with the window open. The poster board was great for catching the spray particles on the ceiling and floor and cabinets. The other particles washed off the floor and appliances easily as they dried in the air and were more like a powder. Don't attempt this without a mask and safety goggles.
Using a roller brush made for a smooth finish I painted the entire room white being careful not to over saturate the brush. Drips between the boards weren't what I was looking for.
The hardest parts were in the details I ripped 2 inch wide strips to trim out the corners and had to take down, trim, and reinstall these shelves.
As I finished I found I really loved the look. It reminded me of an old back room in an old farmhouse. I added a few minor details on the wall and window sill
The tile! Oh this was fun and easy. I had to redo places that shifted when I moved the counter top and using s light grey tile really cleaned it all up.
I absolutely love this space
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