If you love shiplap but don't have the time and/or money to take on such a big project then this post is for you...
Everyone likes shiplap walls, but it is a good amount of work and sort of pricey to remodel an entire wall or room. Check out this plan to see how you can do it for a fraction of the price and time you would spend doing it normally.
This project was ridiculously easy and cheap. The cool thing is that if you don't need to paint first, and/or already have all the necessary materials, this project will cost you nothing! We will walk you through all the easy steps to get a beautiful shiplap wall. It's inexpensive, easy and it looks AMAZING!
What you will need:
*White paint (unless your wall is already white in which case you can skip the painting.)
*Something long, flat and straight to mark your lines
*A tape measure or ruler
(Skip this step if your wall is already a white color that you like).
Take all décor off your wall. Paint the entire wall white. We personally used "New House White" by Behr, but you can use any shade you like!
I had to do two coats because I was painting over a very dark beige.
Here is our before picture>>
Here is what the wall looked like after one coat of paint>>
This is after two coats>>
We spaced our shiplap 8 inches apart. You can do whatever you like best. I believe the most popular choices are 6 or 8 inches.
We start from the top.
Take a ruler and measure down 8 inches (from the top left corner) and then make a small mark with your pencil. Then go to the right a foot (on the top) and go down 8 inches and mark again and so on until you get to the end of the wall.
Keep your markings spaced close enough together for the length of your straight-edge.
This depicts where your markings should go..
8 inches down each time>>
Follow all the marks you made and draw your straight lines:
Make sure you have a long straight-edge item. Factory edges of certain wood items, metal rulers, and hard-back books work well. The best thing to use is a long metal ruler that is in good shape. If you don't have a long enough straight item, just put your horizontal marks closer together so that it can reach between them.
Do what makes you feel comfortable, but you can either do the lines in pencil first, then cover them with sharpie, or just start with the sharpie, depending on your experience and the tools that are available.
We used a pencil first because mistakes happen and we didn't want to have to redo the white paint.
This is the beautiful end product!>>
I hope this tutorial was fun and easy.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!
And if you used this tutorial please send me a picture of your finished project!