I was going through the blog archives the other day and noticed, that GOODNESS ME! I never shared our beautiful bedroom shiplap wall Adrian slaved over for so many hours!
This is going to be a looooong story, so buckle up! And just to freshen up your memory, this is what our bedroom looked like when we moved into our house:
There was this big, clumsy built in closet. The doors were wiggly and as with all built-ins, available space is never used to its full potential. Hear hear, my Swiss roots talking… I knew that this would have to go. Because not only was it a waste of valuable space, it would also be the perfect nook for a cozy bed!
After sanding the floors, we were ready to rip into the walls! Yep, you (should) always take a pic of the optimistic moment when you start tearing into a new project. Weeks later you will look back at that photo and think to yourself “I must have been nuts!”
Off the closet went and forth came a problem. The ceiling was basically holding on to a thread. The rest of the room’s ceiling had been replaced at some point, but inside the closet was a different story. So, a little while later, we had a beautiful black hole into the attic…
Adrian replaced the old beams that were falling apart and squeezed out his very first dry walling job! A few days later, the hole was fixed and the ceiling painted!
Aaaah! A clean slate! But wait, more issues are arising.. Now, living in an antique home that was built around 1790, you just cannot expect that any walls, angles or measurements will be consistent. Right. You kinda love and enjoy that old world charm. Until you’re ready to add that beautiful DIY shiplap wall you’ve been dreaming about for months.
So basically the question was, should we go off the ceiling or the floor? Should we go perfectly level or just eyeball it so it ‘looks’ straight? The thing was, true level was waaaay off what felt level. So we went with eyeballing it.
Off to Lowe’s we went to get the materials. We got some sheets of 1/4″ plywood and had them rip it down into 8″ planks. We love the more modern looking wide planks versus the more traditional 6 inchers.
Adrian was running up and down the stairs for every board, since all measurements weren’t equal. It was a sloooooow and painful process. If this hubby of mine only would have entrusted me with his big saw, this part would have been done quite a bit faster 😉
His nail gun came in super handy! Honestly, if you ever want to do a faux DIY shiplap wall, do yourself a favor and get a nail gun. So worth it!
It got freeeeezing cold part of that week and Adrian was braving the low temps inside and out in his cute reindeer beanie LOL
The chimney was the last part of the planking project. Again, this structure was nowhere straight, so Adrian framed it and leveled out the crooked measurements.
The next phase was all on me. First I spackled up all the nail holes and filled in the unsightly cracks in the corners and at the ceiling with caulk.
And then I finally primed! I’ve previously learned my lesson that using a stinky oil primer is the very best to hide bleeding from the wood. It’s a pain in the a$$, but totally worth the extra effort.
Two coats of white paint later, the plank wall was DONE!
All that was left, was whitewashing and sealing the floors.
I know, real or faux DIY shiplap walls may be a current trend, but since many Scandinavian cottages have plank walls, I knew that we would not regret this choice. And really, this DIY truly brought together the room. It added so much charm and warmth and every morning when we wake up, this wall makes us feel so very cozy and HYGGE. There’s just something about the combination of the straight lines, the texture of the wall and the different types of fabrics on the bed, that make up a perfect symphony… LOVE!