Shiplap Entryway Update

Last week was super busy and productive and I am so happy that my entryway updates are finally done!! We hung our shiplap accent wall and I am thrilled with how it looks!

Here is what it looked like BEFORE;

Awesome 80's mirrors, dated chandelier and yucky beige walls

Awesome 80's mirrors, dated chandelier and yucky beige walls

DURING;

Mirrors down, burgundy exposed, light fixture updated.

Mirrors down, burgundy exposed, light fixture updated.

I painted over the burgundy stripes to ensure they wouldn't show through the smalls spaces between the boards.

I painted over the burgundy stripes to ensure they wouldn't show through the smalls spaces between the boards.

AFTER;

Like I did for my bathroom, I used 5mm underlayment plywood from Lowe's. I purchased two 4x8 sheets and had them ripped into 6 inch strips at the store. For my bathroom, I had them cut in 4 foot lengths but this time I did 8 foot lengths. In total, I had 16 boards to work with which was practically PERFECT for this space. We had to take approx. a foot off the length of each board and cut the final board in half to fit at the top. I painted the boards using Behr Semi Gloss Ultra White and completed this before hanging them to avoid the tedious task of using an extendable roller and skewer stick to get paint out of the spaces between boards. This ensured that the boards and edges were fully coated and it was much easier doing it this way. We used our air nailer to attach the boards and spaced them using nickels. We had to use an extendable ladder and step ladder to reach the middle and top which was a bit tricky (and scary!) at times, but we managed. We also used quarter round to finish the ends. This came primed and I didn't think I needed to paint it but I was sadly mistaken and had to do this step once it was hung. Insert curse words here. I decided not to fill the nail holes because (I am lazy and) I like the unfinished/rustic look it adds. But really, it is a huge pain in the butt to fill, sand and paint each hole so I chose not to :).  I also ran a line of caulk along the gap between the crown molding and top board and painted it once dried.

You can find my step by step faux shiplap tutorial here.

I love shiplap and the style that it provides. Because of the mirrors that used to be on this wall, TK was worried that the room would look and feel smaller but I think the bright white accent and linear lines of the shiplap highlights this wall and our new light perfectly!

This ended up being a really easy DIY project. It required practically no measuring and cutting in comparison to my bathroom and the most time consuming part was probably getting up and down the ladders! I was originally inspired to add shiplap to this wall not only because I love the look but it also saved me from having to patch and fill all of the holes leftover from where the mirrors were hung. I figured hanging shiplap would be just as much (or less) work and looks much more interesting than a grey wall! I am still debating whether or not I will hang something on this wall. I really like the look of it the way it is and I feel like the light is the focal point anyway so I am not sure I would distract from that.

I am still loving my $5 bench makeover. Details on this easy project can be found here.

Sorry for the poor lighting, tough to photograph with the sidelight :)

Sorry for the poor lighting, tough to photograph with the sidelight :)

All I need to do is replace the stained glass sidelight and maybe add a more interesting door knob. But not today.

Now that this project is complete, I can finally focus on decorating my home for my favourite holiday CHRISTMAS!!! Falalalalalalalala!

Jess xx