Hello my darlings! I am so pumped to share our newest DIY project; faux shiplap on my fireplace wall!
You see, the engineer is off for 2 weeks at the end of every year, and a bored engineer is every wife’s dream. Or it should be. Since our 15 year old builder grade house didn’t come with real shiplap, I asked for a cheap planked wall.
And he delivered. After hours spent drawing up plans, and doing math. Our minds work so differently, it’s a miracle we get along. 😉 I would have cut strips and started nailing them on the wall willy nilly. And mistakes and swearing would have happened for sure.
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We decided to use MDF because it’s cheap, lightweight, and easy to paint. And that was pretty much the extent of my involvement until the painting happened. 🙂
He used pennies to space the boards, but since they aren’t cut perfectly straight the gaps are not even. At this point I was a little worried about that, but it worked out fine.
When the time came to cut around the fireplace mantel, I thanked God for my engineer’s brain.
To match the detail, he folded up a piece of foil, and “molded” it to the curves of the mantel.
Then he traced the foil with a sharpie. (don’t hate him for spelling mantel wrong…)
And cut it with a scroll saw.
A pretty good match if you ask me!
The MDF is attached to the wall in the studs with brad nails and my Ryobi Airstrike, which I love almost as much as my engineer.
Are you ready for some after shots?
I am seriously so in love with this. Like, Fixer Upper kind of love.
I gave the MDF two coats of Behr Ultra paint in Polar Bear, in the eggshell finish. I didn’t paint in between the boards because I wanted those dark edges to accentuate the planked look. Plus, it was easier. 😉
The winter mantel is quiet and warm, just like I like winter to be.
I was a little concerned that our creamy colored chest and window would look dirty next to the white, but I like the warmth they add to the white wall, and they tie in the warm color on the adjacent walls.
The wall set us back about $65, and I think that’s quite a bargain. The architectural detail it adds to my builder grade house is priceless. And I totally don’t care if shiplap is unoriginal, or even if it goes out of style next week. 😉
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