Shiplap Wall

I’m finally catching up with all my posts and projects I completed in 2015!
This one is by far one of my favorites!

I had a client who I had been helping on and off for over a year.

She had this one major dilemma in her living room.
The UGLY, standard, drywall, built-in, niches on her TV wall.
She absolutely loathed that wall, I’m not gonna lie . . .  I did too.

But she continued to decorate around it until she finally reached a breaking point!
. . . enter Ruthie
She finally decided to take my advice and hired me to tackle her hideous wall!
Yay! Go Gena! 🙂

So lets start from the beginning and you can see what I was working with!
This is her TV wall with a very strange southwest? looking block of drywall along the top
and then the other block looking thing under the TV.
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Took a little convincing, but eventually she finally agreed to have them removed.
So after going through multiple photos on Pinterest, this was our inspiration!
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Beautiful Shiplap Walls and Wood built-ins. Drool . . .
I’m still obsessed with this picture.

So off to work I went!
While I was getting a design plan together,
Gena contracted a drywall guy to get busy removing the weird ledges . . .
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and she hired a painter to get the house painted a very nice grey. More like a Greige.
She had the TV wall painted white, since that was the wall we were going to Shiplap.
Looks better already doesn’t it?!?
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So you can see here the start of the Shiplap rows.
I made sure to prime each plank (not fully coating it) just mainly the edges.
Since the planks were going to have a little space in between them,
I didn’t want any of that plywood peeping through in between each plank.

This was a very simple process! I admit, I bit off of someone on Pinterest,
but basically I purchased 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood from Home Depot
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and the Home Depot guys were nice enough to rip it down to 6″ strips for me!!!
Woohoo!
Obviously the top 2 rows were longer than 8 ft, so I made sure to offset the seams!
You don’t want all your seams going down the wall in the same spot~
I also started lining the insides of the niches with wood,
to give it a nice uniform wood built-in look!
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We were definitely going with a streamlined look, so when I filled the nail holes with Dap
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(on of my fave products to use btw!)
I filled up those seams GOOOD with the Dap as well!
I only did that to the vertical seams . . . NOT THE HORIZONTAL ONES!
Leave those alone . . . LOL

After sanding the Dap and painting the wall white,
this is what the Shiplap Wall looks like DONE!
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So I went home and built some doors for the bottom niches
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and then went back to her house and did a “dry fit” (is that what you call it?) LOL 🙂
I also added shelves & decorative trim around the niches to polish off the look!IMG_4153
Gena had her painter come in and do one more go-round with the white paint.
It wasn’t quite right the 1st time (too yellowish), which was great for me!
I didn’t have to paint the doors or trim, since they were going to re-do the wall anyway! YAY!

Ready to see it all done??
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I’m SOOOOOO glad she had it repainted a whiter White
It’s a much cleaner and crisp look! Annnnnd check out the niche details!
I’m having a proud moment right now 😉
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and check out these functional doors to hide store stuff!
Do you know how happy she was that she no longer needed to decorate this space!?!
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OK but wait I’m not done!
Now for the final finished product!
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All decorated up! What do you think??? I’m in love!!
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Stay tuned for the next post and you can see the remainder of this living room
COMPLETELY RE-DECORATED!
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