Making a statement with Shiplap

So excited to finally have my living room put back together. Just a few more decorative changes but the bulk of it is D.O.N.E.

I’m a shiplap lover and would probably cover my whole house in it if the husband would allow it but using it as accent walls will have to do in the mean time. Usually I stick with the white painted look but I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone. We’ve painted our house grey and whites so to add a pop I decided on a stained look.

We tried a few stains out and they were all appearing a bit too dark so we drove over to Lowe’s (again) and found the perfect color, Puritan Pine 218 by Minwax.

Since we chose to stain the wood rather then paint we stained the pieces ahead of time, about a week and let it dry and air out in the garage before we brought them in and installed them on the wall. Seriously, this was a key step because the smell of stain is so strong and overwhelming so it was nice to avoid bringing that into the house prematurely.

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Once the pieces were aired out my husband prepped the niche where we would be installing.

Once the TV was down and the media cabinet moved he could focus on the hardest part of the whole project.  Making the rounded cut at the top was made slightly easier by making a template and using a bandsaw to make the final cut.  Lets just say I heard a lot of naughty words coming from the garage at this point, lol.

Once that first plank went up the rest way easy going.  Slowly but surely our accent niche was coming together.  Once the final boards were in place we used caulking to make it a more seamless look and clean up any rough edges.  I’m so happy with how it turned out and I hope Jason, the hubs, isn’t too annoyed with the process because we have 3 more niches to do around the house.

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We honestly couldn’t be happier with the finish look.  Even though I was hesitant to try the stain, rather then paint, it really did add just enough warmth to our home and complimented our paint and decor perfectly.

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