Monday, April 30, 2018

Our Bedroom Renovation and Shiplap Tutorial

Happy Monday, friends! After sharing a few pictures of our updated bedroom a while back, I had so many people reach out for a DIY guide on how we added shiplap. So after forcing Matt to jot some notes down, I bring to you our step by step tutorial! I was 9 months pregnant with August when this little reno project went down, and in interest of full disclosure, I fell asleep on our bed while "taking a break". Matt finished the project on his own and then snapped some pictures of me "helping". The first picture, below, is how the room looked when we first saw the house. We saw the potential (and the work ahead), and after sleeping in this wallpapered box for 2 weeks, we couldn't take it anymore and got to work. Or, Matt did :)

The Before
The After

How To:

1. Measure your surface area. 
2. Place your shiplap order, with an allowance of an extra box or two for mistakes or cuts that aren't just right. We actually went with a Pergo laminate product (found here) which saved us a significant amount of money as compared to refurbished barn wood or the like. Pergo actually makes a product specifically for walls, so the make is a little bit lighter than a floor board would be.
3. Start from the middle of the wall, at the bottom, and work your way out. Use a jig saw to make any cuts necessary.
4. Use liquid nails to attach the wood to the wall, and a nail gun (sparingly) to fasten. We found that the liquid nails just weren't cutting it, and a little backup with a nail gun was necessary. 
5. Finish with trim on the top and around any windows to make the transition seamless.
6. The whole shiplap project, from end to end, took about 7-8 hours. Not too bad for a day's work. 

We love our accent wall, and it creates such a calm and relaxing space. Add some edison bulbs and a comfy blanket or two and soak in that rustic charm.

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