• Karlyn

We Have Installed a Shiplap Wall Decor!

The first step in our powder room remodel is to install a shiplap. So we did and it came out better than we expected. It wasn't an easy feat, so if you're planning on installing one yourself, you have got to be truly committed to it!

Before we got started, we had to have a plan. Oh yes! THE PLAN! This was our first time EVER doing this, so a plan was and should always be essential when attempting a renovation of any sort, especially when you haven't got a clue what's going on 🤷‍♀️.

We both agreed that although we wanted to incorporate the modern Farmhouse look, our shiplap was going to be white. Why? It just felt more our style.

  1. First and foremost, we had to prep the area for the work by removing the stuff that gets in the way. Luckily, for us, this is a tiny powder room. So all we had to do was remove the toilet, the toilet roll holder, and the dotted stickers that were all over the walls.

  2. Then we had to figure out what size the wall was. So we borrowed a handy dandy measuring tool from my husband and measured the width and height of the wall.

  3. The rest of our steps are detailed in our shiplap wall decor guide.

  4. Just enjoy your project! We know we're great friends, but we also knew that this was going to be a test of whether we can work well together or not. And though we didn't agree on each and every step, we knew that the end result would be great. So we pushed for that.

Now I don't know if it's just because we're ladies, but we met some really helpful people at The Home Depot. Don't get us wrong, there are some people who could use a few cheers there, but we did find a couple of great guys who gave us some helpful tips for our project.

We learned quite a few things during the installation of our shiplap wall:

  • Make sure to secure each board with a minimum of 4 nails, because the last thing you want is for your shiplap to fall (especially if you're planning on sticking anything on it).

  • Wipe off as much of your caulking material as possible, because it can really show even after you paint the shiplap.

  • Start from the bottom up (for obvious reasons).

  • You will have one last board that will measure differently from the rest. Make sure you measure with with an added nickel gap to the measurement.

Our significant others already had all the tools we needed so we saved quite a lot of dough. However, putting this wall up ourselves also saved us a significant amount of money, considering the possible minimum cost of $350 just to install a small decor on a wall like this.

  • $43.84 for the shiplap wood

  • $5 for the staples

  • $2 for a quart of paint found in the Oopsie Paints section at Home Depot

  • $2 for caulking material

  • $10 for gas for the back and forth trips to Home Depot

  • Total = $62.84

Obviously it was our first big project and it wasn't all easy, but the reward of seeing a beautiful new wall made it all worth it! Would we do more of this? Absolutely!

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