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Everything You Need to Know About Shiplap

Shiplap is having it's time in the spotlight, and people everywhere are going crazy over its charm. TV shows like Fixer Upper have made this simple design element iconic and it's no wonder why. It was discovered by accident and it's made it way into mainstream media. But what's the history behind shiplap, and why is it so dang popular? We're going to find out! Here is Everything You Need to Know About Shiplap.

What is Shiplap?

Shiplap takes it's name from planks once used to construct boats. The grooves cut into the top and bottom of the boards allowed ship builders to fit the planks tightly together to keep water out. It was so effective that, eventually, people started using it on the outside of homes to protect the inside again harsh weather. Today, these planks can be carefully salvaged and used on the inside of homes as a decorative wall piece.

Shiplap Creates Character in Your Home

The wooden panels add visual character and texture to an otherwise boring and plain wall. Shiplap is also super adaptable and, depending on how you style it, can fit into any decor you want. For example, white shiplap, wood flooring, and, neutral accents are a staple New England / Cape Cod look. Antiqued shiplap paired with rustic decor can create a farmhouse effect. The possibilities are endless and adding shiplap can be a simple, yet distinct, way to add a touch of character in your home.

If you want to install your own shiplap, here are a few things you should know:

Before installing the panels onto your wall, you're going to want to cut them parallel to the grain. Next, you're going to want to bust out your sander and sand the wood down so that it's smooth. Once this step is done, you can begin to paint! Remember to apply your first coat before you place the boards on your wall. This is because once the planks are installed, the gaps will be too narrow to paint. You now want to prep your wall by removing all outlet covers, pictures, and baseboard trim. make sure you locate the center of each wall stud using a stud finder and put a line at every stud from the bottom of the wall to the top. Once this step is complete, you can attach your first board. This first plank is essential to the rest of your shiplap wall. If it's off by even a centimeter, the whole wall will look crooked. Think of this piece as your cornerstone. When installing your shiplap, you'll want to use spacers to create even spaces between each plank ( you'll want them to be 1/8 inch apart ). Attaching the rest of the boards is pretty simple: You'll want to use 2inch nails in each stud and don't skip any studs. When you're all finished, decorate as you please and enjoy your new shiplap walls!






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