I Ship-lapped That!

I did! And I painted it my favorite color! Guys, I’m in love with they way my bathroom turned out! We’ve worked so hard this past weekend to get it put together. I was tired of living without mirrors. Has anyone else picked out mirrors for their bathroom vanity? It’s hard! I never could make my mind up! Anyways, I wanted to share with you our process and hope that you can gain some knowledge from our first shiplap experience.

Toilet Room

We have a separate toilet room in our bathroom and I wanted to start there first. I wanted the shiplap to be 10 boards tall with a small ledge for pictures or vases. I also knew that I wanted to paint it green and I fell in love with this green. Keep scrolling to find out what color we used…

Let’s start with the supplies you need to accomplish this project:

  • 1/4″ Underlayment Plywood
  • Table Saw (for cutting the plywood into 6″ boards)
  • Trim (we choose 1×2 pine)
  • Nail Finish Gun with 2 inch 16 gauge finish nails
  • wood filler
  • Paintable Caulk & Caulk Gun
  • Spacers (We used Nickels, just right)
  • 4ft Level
  • Chalk-box(for marking stud locations, if you have one)
  • Stud Finder
  • Sandpaper, block or sander
  • Nail Set tool
  • Paint (we used Eggshell for better durability)
  • Small roller and brush worked best for us
1/4″ Underlayment Plywood

Mark the stud locations all the way to the top of the wall. If you have a stud finder, that’s the best way. If you don’t, do it the old fashioned way. Tap firmly along the wall with you’re finger until the hollow sound becomes more solid. There’s your stud, test it with a small nail. You’ll need to mark a line for the complete height of the shiplap using a chalk-box or long level. This is just so you know where to nail the boards up.

Tape off areas with painting tape.

Paint the corners of the room. Paint the wall behind the edges that will be hard to reach prior to nailing up your boards.

Start with ripping boards. Our boards were ripped the size of 6″. Then we sanded the cut edges before installing the boards(the visible part when hung on the wall). At this point you can paint your boards or you can do this:

Place the board at desired height, nail it up and paint just above board on the wall and the top of the board. We painted the gap space the same color we painted our boards. You can always get a smaller brush or sponge brush to do the bottom part of the boards. We did that on a the taller vanity wall.

Nail each board at the studs. You don’t want the joints of your boards to be uniform, so stagger where your cuts end up. But, always make sure you start or stop on a stud. Use your nickels as spacers for each board you nail up.

Set any nails that stick out with the nail set tool.

Fill in nail holes with wood filler and wait for the filler to dry.

Sand down the wood filled spot with sander, or sandpaper block.

Nail up trim work.

Now its time to paint. This type of wood needs two coats and I recommend using at least egg shell paint. As mentioned before, I used a brush to get into the nickel spaces or the spaces that still had exposed wood.

It took us two days to finish but we took our time and had 2 walls to do. We also replaced 2 Light fixtures in the process and added mirrors. It was so much fun and it turned out beautiful!

Here is the Before:

And here is the AFTER!

Vanity Lights: https://amzn.to/3eLBFty

Mirrors: https://amzn.to/3cTTNjd

Are you ready? Drum Roll Please…Here is the paint color: Sherwin Williams Forest Wood!!

Hit Like and Follow me please! Show me your work, I would love to see it!

Tools we used:

Setting Tool
Table saw
Sander
Nail Gun
Wood Filler
Caulk
Finishing Nails
Stud Finder

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Amy and Justin

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