Green Room Progress: A Shiplap Wall
It may seem that we started working on this room about a decade ago. I know it feels like it to me, but in reality we started about a year ago and then got side tracked by other projects. Now we are back at it. We have painted the walls and put in a shiplap wall where we once had plaster, lurking under wallpaper, that was in pretty bad shape. Do you remember this look?
Once the walls were all patched up after the blow in insulation project, we fixed the ceiling, painted it and painted the walls. I have wanted a shiplap wall since we bought the house, almost four years ago now. I really wanted to do one in the kitchen, but since that is the most expensive room to redo and it’s not in horrible shape, it will probably be a while until that happens. So I’m getting my wood wall fix in the green room! This project took us just a little more than a day and half if you include shopping for the supplies. Here’s what we started with. Studs and some insulation where the wall meets the stairs to our unfinished attic.
We started with some lumber, 1×6 select pine to be exact. After determining the size of the gap we wanted to show between the boards, we cut rabbets into each side of the 10′ lengths, using the table saw.
We started at the bottom cutting the first piece to a narrower width so that the top board would hit the ceiling without any trimming. My logic was that you would be less likely to notice one skinnier board all the way down by your ankles, especially after we finish doing the trim in the room.
We used plastic shims to keep the size of the gap between the boards consistent in size.
The first boards went the fastest, then we had to cut openings for the light switch and the wall sconces which slowed us down enough to get it right.
The trickiest part was working over the doors, which are so far out of square that they remind me of something from Alice in Wonderland. We could have reframed the doors, but previous owners had cut the doors down on an angle to fit the skewed frames and I really wanted to keep the original doors. I like them so much better than new doors! Brad being the talented carpenter that he is, worked his magic and we ended up with a beautiful shiplap wall.
Now I just have to decide whether I want to paint, stain or just clear coat the wall. Decisions, decisions.
Next steps are finishing the wall and hanging the sconces. Then we are going to redo the floors and the trim and put in a ceiling fan. Stay tuned for our slow but steady progress.