Hello. My name is Tori and I’m addicted to messes.
Yes, I text this to one of my besties today. Not only have we DIY-ed our wall, but the baby is turning 2 on Saturday and I got the wild hair to make her cake.
6 batches of icing later and what looks like a snow storm in the kitchen I realized I have a problem…
and making them…
However I loathe cleaning them up. But I have a saying around here
“If you don’t make a mess it’s not any good.”
This is the same thing that happened with our DIY Shiplap wall. It was a mess, and I mean royal mess, tearing the drywall down. The drywall in itself makes a mess, but the layers of wallpaper and cheesecloth and upholstery tacks underneath are really what made the mess.
I’m still finding tacks in the living room.
But let me tell you, IT WAS SO WORTH IT!
I feel like we could be on Fixer Upper. Seriously, hello shiplap. If I could hug a wall I would. I absolutely love the farmhouse feel it gives, plus the all-white and horizontal lines makes our living room seem way larger than it is.
I mean, check it. We went from:
And our finished product:
To me it screams: I’m clean, I’m orderly, I’m organized! (Cough cough, all things that are not easily done in a house with 4 kids or just people in general… but these are goals moms have right? )
It also screams: Life happens here!
Not perfection, but real life happens.
Now if you don’t have shiplap underneath your drywall, don’t worry, you can still make your own shiplap wall! Just checkout this project from Jillyfit at remodelaholic.com. Just added planks from Lowe’s. Simple.
But if you do find hidden treasure behind your drywall, I say take it off baby! The water is fine 🙂
(Sorry, the hubs loves Oh Brother Where Art Thou and I here that quote often.)
DIY Shiplap Wall
Remove the drywall. We used a crowbar and nail puller. We did it in 45 minutes. I couldn’t believe it went that fast!
Remove any old nails and upholstery tacks. This was tedious. We also found a spot that looked like it had a leak previously so I just sprayed a bleach/water solution on it. Then we filled all the holes with wood filler and sanded it off.
Lastly, paint with an oil-based paint. We used a plain white paint. Something generic. I did lots of coats on it just to cover up the dark spots. Since it was one wall it didn’t take anytime to paint.
Then, voila. Here you go:
Removing the drywall and renovating our own shiplap wall is one of my favorite things in our house 🙂 It matches our attic ceiling upstairs that my hubby did for us.
An easy project that adds so much character into our house. Enjoy and tackle a wall (or a room) of you own!