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

Shiplap Bathroom Makeover

I am so excited to finally share my bathroom makeover with you!!

This project began a few weeks ago when we painted our kitchen and spare room. I had leftover paint from this and decided to use it to freshen up our upstairs bath. I figured this would be an easy afternoon project. HA!

Here is what it looked like before;

I went to work prepping the walls and filling numerous holes. I thought I had done a good job patching, sanding and painting BUT I was sadly mistaken. Some of the holes were still visible and some of the paint did not adhere properly despite having a built in primer. At this point, I was frustrated that my simple paint job had not worked out.  Rather than continuing to patch, sand, prime, paint, etc, I decided to try something I had been dying to do--SHIPLAP!!

It is everywhere these days thanks to Joanna Gaines & 'Fixer Upper'. I love the modern farmhouse look and decided to try it. I read a ton of tutorials on DIY faux shiplap as real shiplap using tongue and groove boards is much more expensive so I decided to go the cheaper route.

You can find my full shiplap tutorial here.

I replaced the wood toilet lid with a white one.

I replaced the wood toilet lid with a white one.

This space is still in need of something so I have some plans for an industrial style shelf

This space is still in need of something so I have some plans for an industrial style shelf

 I decided to remove the frame from the builder's mirror as well as the Hollywood light fixture. I made plans to reframe the mirror and purchased a new light on sale at Lowe's which I installed myself!!!!! Impressive, right :)

You can find my tutorial on how to frame a builder's mirror here

Once the shiplap, new light fixture and frame for the mirror were all hung, I completed some paint touch ups to the walls and trim and hung some art. I still have some finishing touches to complete- I want to add a shelf above the toilet and need to hang a towel bar.

I am so happy with how it all turned out! Eventually we plan on replacing the vanity, flooring, tub and tile surround but this was not in the budget. Actually none of this was as it started out as a simple paint job using leftovers :)

This was my first shiplap project and it won't be my last!! Stay tuned.

Jess xx




DIY Shiplap Tutorial

For any lovers of 'Fixer Upper" and Chip and Joanna Gaines, you have seen your fair share of shiplap! I love the look but the real version can be very expensive. I went with a "faux" shiplap for my bathroom makeover and here is how I did it;

I purchased 5mm underlayment plywood from Lowe's that comes in 4x8 sheets. I grabbed two of these and had Lowe's cut them into 6in strips, free of charge! Tip * don't have them cut both boards at the same time, this resulted in uneven cuts.  I had them cut to 4ft lengths as I did not have room in my car for 8ft boards.  Some people prefer long strips but I was fine with shorter ones given the smaller space and having to cut around the vanity and mirror. I was able to get 16 boards per sheet.

I sanded the edges of the boards with my electric sander and recruited my dad to help me as I needed his miter saw and air nailer.

We marked where the studs were on the wall and started by laying a full length board against the trim. We ensured it was level and attached the board using the air nailer and brad nails into the stud. Tip* some tutorials suggest using glue in addition to nails for adhesive but I only used the finishing nails and the boards are very secure.

We used nickels as spacers and staggered the board placement as we worked our way up the wall.

Tip *Make sure to check that the boards are level as you work away.

Once we found a rhythm, we were able to get the boards hung fairly quickly. The most time consuming part was going in and out of the house to cut the boards and ensure they were the right length.

We used small pieces for the space beside the door, a step that I hadn't even thought of but thankfully had my dad there to do the close cutting :)

We used both nails and glue for the boards hung behind the toilet as the stud is right where the toilet is located.

My dad had to leave at this point so I started painting. I used Behr Ultra White primer + paint in Semi Gloss, applying two coats using both a bristle brush and foam roller. I used a wood skewer and exacto knife to get the paint that snuck in between the boards. I didn't have wood filler on hand so I went ahead and painted, planning to fill in the holes afterwards. 

Unfilled nail holes

Unfilled nail holes

I bought white wood filler figuring this was saving me a step as the boards were already painted white. I applied it using a putty knife and sanded the patches down once dry. Tip* Do not apply tinted wood filler to a painted surface as it has a different sheen therefore it took a lot of sanding and several more coats of paint to ensure you couldn't see the spots anymore. Lesson learned!

This is before I sanded the patches, but you can see how it is a different white than the paint

This is before I sanded the patches, but you can see how it is a different white than the paint

My boyfriend had been on vacation when my Dad and I started the project, so I put him to work when he got home :). We hung the remaining boards above the toilet and I made sure to fill the holes prior to painting to avoid the same problem.

Hanging around the vanity was a bit tricky since it isn't level so we could not use this as our guide. We managed to figure it out with a few "do-overs" and any cuts that weren't perfect could be fixed using caulk.

 I purchased a skinny piece of pine to finish the top of the shiplap but waited to hang this piece until the mirror was framed in.

It is a pretty straight forward project and simple once you get the hang of it. I only spent around $55 on the wood as I had the paint and other supplies on hand. I love the look of shiplap and really love that it is a great way to cover up walls that are not in great shape.

Jess xx