Getting In Ship Shape

August 31, 2011   //  Posted in: Bedrooms, DIY   //  By: Emily   //  20 responses

If you missed yesterday’s post on headboard inspiration and planning, know that I’ve leaned away from having a formal headboard in our master bedroom, instead pushing towards overhauling the whole wall to add texture and interest.

With a goal of anchoring the bed that currently sits off-center beneath the small window, a horizontal line treatment felt like it would be achievable, and more favorable than vertical boards, like run-of-the-mill wainscoting. Laser beam demonstration, anyone?

Zoom, zip, zoom. Laser beams help to demonstrate where we're going with this headboard overhaul.

I also thought it’d help to make the room feel wider (it already felt taller by dropping the boxspring and mattress down to floor level). It’s the kind of thing you see done often with paint stripes, and as much as I love painted stripes (you’ve seen my living room, right?), I wanted something a little more dimensional.

Yesterday, I prodded you to consider how easy it is to find reclaimed clapboard siding. Siding? In a bedroom? Radical.

This was going to be a piece of cake. Right?

1) Go buy 100 sq. ft of reclaimed siding at 15-50 cents a linear foot.
2) Be happy that I only spent $15-50 and go through the Starbucks drive-through on the way home. Hope that the boards extending out of the Jeep don’t clip another car when I go around the tight curve.
3) Sand and install boards on the wall of the bedroom easily, in an afternoon or maybe two, while catching up on DVR’ed Holmes Inspection episodes.

It didn’t go quite that easily. Maybe you’re not surprised, but I am. And here’s why:

My favorite salvage shop reported that they had two clapboards earlier in the week (only two!) but rarely have them in stock, and never in any sizable quantity. Go figure that clapboards, ancient or not, are difficult to remove in tact and are essentially worthless to resellers. Most everyone told me to just go and buy new cedar, even if it was a lower grade variety for a few dollars per sq. ft. Few dollars, ha.

Zoink. For a sweet $300-400 I could have a full-wall headboard made of brand-spankin’ new cedar clapboard… or… I could devise a new plan.

Ding, ding, ding. That new plan involved shiplap paneling.

Shiplap happiness.

Say what? Shiplap is that lumber in the back corner of your favorite big box store with rabbeted edges, usually right next to the wainscoting and assorted paneling options. It’s more frequently used as an exterior material for sheds and barns in colder climates (since the rabbet allows for a good, weatherproof seal), but I was inspired to use it inside after having seen it used successfully in a bathroom treatment. This photo’s a total sneak peek of a fantastic beach house in town; you’re going to see more of that home later this week, so check back for the full post.

Shiplap bathroom: sneak peek!

But yessir, I brought home 22 1″x8″x8″ boards (which may or may not be enough for my job). At $7.97 each with a handsome 10% discount, plan B set me back just under $160.00. More expensive than reclaimed could have been, less expensive than cedar clapboard.

Shiplap. And some other lumber. And the mother of all framing nail guns.

The mother of all framing nail guns sneaked into my trunk too. That’s Pete’s new pride and joy, so you’ll probably be reading about it on one of these days. All I can say is that it’s beautiful, lightweight, and a lovely shade of sea foam green. But anyways…

When installed horizontally, the seam in the shiplap allows for a  shadowing effect and therefore, an awesome-yet-subtle texture to accent the wall and serve as a soon-to-be-neat headboard treatment.

Shiplap overlap.

I learned a lot while installing the shiplap, so keep reading to learn how it’s done. I also had a lot of trials during my first attempt at staining shiplap (read about that here). Best advice I can give you? Stain it BEFORE you install (the nail holes will be hardly visible).

And jump ahead to see the finished bedroom here.

If this post is helpful, please grab the below image for Pinterest!

How to install shiplap boards.

Have you worked with this lumber for interior application before? If yes, I’d love to see some examples of your work!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    6 years ago - Reply

    I can’t wait to see it all come together! And that bathroom is amazing!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Wait until you see the rest of the house, Cait. I’m headed over this afternoon to take a few final photos and will post the whole transformation tomorrow!

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      6 years ago -

      Can’t wait! I already pinned that bathroom to look back on if we are ever able to add a half bath near our living room & back porch.

  • Sharon Harper
    6 years ago - Reply

    Just when we think you’ve done it all, you come up with yet another great–and thrifty–idea to update the home! At this rate you’re gonna need another one to play with soon with all the amazing transformations. Keep it up and thanks for sharing :)

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Thanks Sharon :) I just pulled the nail gun upstairs to start putting the boards into place, so we’ll see how it looks after a little TLC. It could definitely end up going awry.

  • Holyoke Home
    6 years ago - Reply

    Mr. Man just BROKE one of his (our) toys. our Malita Rechargable drill. He’s in trouble.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Rut roh. But shopping for a new one might be fun, right? We like Makita just fine, and aren’t brand loyalists when it comes to tools so much, but with that said we like our impact driver by Craftsman as an amped-up cordless alternative to a more basic cordless :) Impact = awesome.

  • amy
    3 years ago - Reply

    HI… I love this bathroom. what’s the paint color on the walls please?

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Unknown… sorry!

  • Sharon Duvall
    3 years ago - Reply

    I am wanting to install the ship lap in an entry hall that has a cedar beamed ceiling. Im not handy with wood at all but was gonna see if I could get somebody else to install it. Did you do it all with a staple gun? I have to convince my husband that it will look great when its finished! lol Also, was your wood just pine planks? I looked at our big box store and the guy I talked to showed me some that had 6 pieces in a pkg? It looked like what you had though.
    Thanks for any help!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Nail gun is preferable – you’ll want nails that are at least 1.5-2″ to penetrate both the wood and the drywall. Longer is better. My boards were just plain pine shiplap boards (each 8′ length) and I do recommend staining/painting before installing because it makes it easier all around.

  • Amy
    3 years ago - Reply

    What lumber store did you purchase these shiplap boards from?

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Lowe’s :)

  • Carole
    3 years ago - Reply

    What color is the blue in your bathroom? it’s lovely

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      That’s not my bathroom, just an inspiration photo from a friend’s home. It’s a light gray – sorry that I don’t know the name!

  • denise Moore
    2 years ago - Reply

    Emily love this post. I just shared a link on my blog to your project. (Hope that’s ok).

  • Perla
    2 years ago - Reply

    Hi! That’s exactly the type of shiplap I am looking for. I’ve been looking all day for it! Went to Lowe’s too and they only have the v-joint type…which is the beveled edge…not the straight up and down edge like in your picture. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Chad
    2 years ago - Reply

    i can’t find that style shiplap either. Do u have the scew # from the ends in the picture? Lowes in my area only has v groove shiplap. Lumber store wants a fortune to make boards with that flat groove. Help…

  • Debbie
    1 year ago - Reply

    Do you have to somehow seal shiplap if it is in a bathroom wont moisture be a problem????????

    • Emily
      1 year ago -

      I don’t think you’d have to seal it; it would just be like ordinary wooden paneling. A matte coat wouldn’t hurt I imagine…

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