You are undoubtably a Fixer Upper fan, and if you aren’t….you should be. If there is any bandwagon they have kicked off, it’s shiplap. It’s my husband’s new favorite word. He just walks around saying it for no real reason. Wellllllll, there may be a reason. I have been shiplapping our kitchen and dining room walls for a week!!!!
I have complained to you in the past about my kitchen being cut off from the dining room and it being a little cramped. This area in particular, has caused trouble for my ever designing mind.
If this area was a movie it would be “Kitchen Interrupted.” The cabinet didn’t make sense, the wall next to it was small and I really couldn’t put anything there. It just didn’t work.
So I ripped it out, of course.
Unfortunately, I then had to search for the tiles because they didn’t continue under the cabinet and they were here when we bought the house and there were no extras left. It only took 3 stores before I found it!
Once the tiles were in I had to put the piece of wood back next to where the fridge goes so I could make a complete wall. Staring at the side of my fridge would have bothered me more than the cabinet. I should tell you, I updated my pantry and emptied this cabinet weeks before I removed it. I had to make sure I could live without the storage space. Obviously, I could.
Tiles were in, wood half wall was back, now onto the primer. I wanted to do a quick coat so you wouldn’t see the two colors in the spaces between the shiplap. Then, much like a giant puzzle (that you nail to your wall) I started piecing together this plethora of wood.
Let me clue you in on something, this wood is plywood underlayment. It cost $13 per 4×8 sheet and I had the very nice people at Home Depot cut it all down for me into 6 inch strips. Best part, it doesn’t overhang my floor moulding so I didn’t need to change them out.
Before I started the wood, I added corner moulding on the corners to hide the sides of the 6″ wood.
This wall is so gorgeous, I sat at my dinner table and just stared at it, for way longer than I should have.
Ready for the controversy? My initial plan was to put up all the wood on this wall to make it appear as one bigger wall, then do 4 feet up of shiplap on the rest of the kitchen walls and the adjoining dining room and paint all the shiplap white. So it’s all up, but now do I paint it? There is something magical about all that wood grain, but it is very close to the color of my cabinets and with my floor being cherry I feel like I need to stick to my plan. For now we will live with it this way, and when I get sick of it, I will paint it. My husband says if you stand still too long in my house, I will paint you.
I love love love this side by side. One of my favorite projects ever!!!!
What do you think? To paint or not to paint?