My husband was off work for a few days so we took advantage and did this fun little project! I can’t take credit though, it was actually Nate’s idea! He’s the best😉 I don’t know why we waited so long to add shiplap because it makes our living space feel so much brighter. The fireplace is the first thing you see when you open our front door, so its one of my favorite statements in our home.
This fireplace has gotten so much attention since buying our house. Here’s a few photos to show just how far it has come! The first picture is how it looked when we bought the house, the second is after we added the faux beam, and the third is now! I love a good transformation
All we needed for this project was one 4X8 sheet of plywood that cost us $15. Everything else we already had leftover from previous projects. Even if you need to buy all these things, it is still super budget friendly if you want shiplap for way less! Here are the materials and tools we used;
Nail gun and nails
A couple nickels (to space the planks)
High density foam rollers (makes paint go on much smoother)
Conveniently, Home depot stripped down the plywood for us into 6″ strips (they charge 25 cents per piece, but for us it was worth it.) All we had to do was cut the strips to the exact length of our fireplace and give them a light sanding before using a nail gun to secure them to the wall. Since we were covering such a small space, we chose not to stagger the boards. After sanding we made sure the plank was completely straight before nailing it on (we didn’t use a level because we have an old home so nothing is level, ha! We just went by eye).
Once you’ve secured the first plank, place the second one directly underneath and separate the two planks by using two nickels (or more if your strips are longer). It helps to have two people for this part, one to do the nailing and one to hold the plank tightly against the nickels.
After all the planks are secured, fill all the nail holes with wood filler. Allow them to dry and then sand everything down so its perfectly smooth. We also added some quarter round that we had from a previous project for a more finished look. Totally optional though!
I would suggest giving the shiplap at least one coat of primer before painting so that your wood doesn’t bleed through.
Once the primer is dry, apply the paint with the foam roller. I used a roller because I didn’t want any brush strokes on my shiplap, but its entirely up to you what you want to use.
After three coats, viola! Add some decor and your good to go!
I am SO pleased with this project. It only took about 45 minutes to do the cutting, sanding and hanging the planks. The painting took a bit longer but you can most certainly finish this project in a day!
I hope this post inspired you!