From time to time I would go into our front sitting room (seen below) and would try and figure out what was “off” I liked the room but never liked spending much time in it. I have always been a minimalist, so this room was always too busy for me, to the point that it was unsettling. It also felt a little cave-like. I kept dreaming of an open floor plan with a bright airy feeling and faux shiplap walls.
One typical Tuesday morning I was driving home from school drop-off and made a split second decision and turned left towards Home Depot… and this is a documentation of what occurred in the next 48 hours…
I walked straight to the paneling section in the lumber isle and started comparing board widths, finishes etc. I ultimately decided on a 7/32″ plywood. After some calculating I guesstimated I would need 6 sheets.
After our impromptu trip to Home Depot, this is what the rest of our day looked like…
Faux Shiplap Walls – Fast & Easy Install
Within 25 minutes the front room looked a little like this…
Here is what I did. I started by sanding the edges of the planks. I applied these planks to the wall using an 16 gauge nailer. Worked like a charm.
Faux Shiplap Walls – Spacing for Outlets
I cut all the pieces to fit. Making sure to cut out spaces for the outlet placement.
Faux Shiplap Walls – Nail Holes
At this point, I used nail hole filler on all the nail holes. After the filler dried, I smoothed out the nail filler patches with a fine sandpaper.
So NOW it’s time to prime! This was a rather time-consuming process. I didn’t want the cracks to be filled with paint, so in between coats I would used a box cutter blade to prevent the gap from filling. In retrospect, I wished I had primed the edges before fastening to the wall. Which is what I did, on the adjacent wall. ( No, it was not apart of the original plan.) 😉
Faux Shiplap Walls – Top Coat
For the topcoat, I used Behr Ultra Pure White. I used a piece of trim on the edges in order to hide the end edges. I followed up with caulk, it creates a very finished look! Look how pretty! I know that to some this may not be an improvement, but I really like it! I still have a lot of plans for this room, so stay tuned. It’s gonna be good!