Shiplap Anyone?


Shiplap, Chip and Joanna have made it a household word throughout the decorating world.  Some love it some don’t. This is my shiplap story.

Last spring I planned to strip wallpaper off some walls and paint.  A time consuming but doable simple job. Ha!  It was NOT!  I started and I found more wallpaper under with a canvas under it.  Removing the wallpaper meant the sheetrock was coming down too.  Don’t you love the basketball uniforms?  Mid to late 60’s attire?


New sheetrock was not my plan! So, I investigated a ton of possibilities, including  wood planking and shiplap.  The problem with the planking and shiplap was it messed up all the trim, the outlets, etc.  So back to the drawing board.  This is what I decided to do.


I cut pieces of heavy craft paper into 6″ strips and then glued them to the walls. Working my way around the room.


Next came the white washing. I didn’t want to cover it all as I was going after a shiplap look.  All of the walls were then dry brushed with paint, being careful not to paint over the joint.  I was loving it!


I added a little more definition to the joints with a shading pencil and believe it or not a crayon! Small nails with tack heads were added randomly to really make it look real. This was another project that took a different turn after starting it but, with a little determination and work it became a room that I really love.


The joy of seeing potential,redoing and repurposing still make my heart sing!