Shiplap Dreams Come True

Our new shiplap wall of my dreams!
Our new “shiplap” wall!

It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ and Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse chic style.  Call me a copy cat if you will, but I choose to look at it as imitation – the sincerest form of flattery!

Nevertheless, ever since starting the construction of our new home, I’ve dreamed of adding an accent shiplap wall.  Now I’ll admit, I didn’t go at this alone.  I had help ordering materials (a special thanks to Brooks Homes) and installation (Rick in Brier Handyman service).

Here’s how it all went down…

The finished project. All my shiplap dreams come true in 2019!
The finished product – shiplap dreams come true!

I scoured the internet looking for basic shiplap material, but all I could find was thick tongue and groove pine no longer than 12 feet.  My longest board had to be 18 feet so we didn’t see any vertical seams on the wall.   Also, the material couldn’t be thicker than about an 1/8 of an inch so that it didn’t stick out beyond the molding.  I know, I know –  I’m picky!

And then a creative solution…

After hours of frustrating searches and coming up empty handed, my brother walked in my front door with a bright idea!  I was literally scratching my head, fixated on my wall conundrum.  Suddenly, he said “Why don’t you just use flat panel siding material.  I can order it in up to 24′ pieces.”  GENIUS!

We had it installed and used a ‘nickel gap‘ method to space the boards out to appear like shiplap.  We filled in the nail holes and sanded it down to make it smooth.  I finished it off with Benjamin Moore paint (same color as our mill work) and added some accents from HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, and Wayfair.  I’m quite pleased with the finished product….my shiplap dreams came true!

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