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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!

DIY Faux Shiplap Wall

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.

DIY Faux Shiplap Wall

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

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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.


DIY Shiplap Wall


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!

DIY Shiplap Wallhow to make faux shiplap




The color was picked (Part 1) and off we went onto prepping the barn. Screwing in some loose boards, adding a board to the bottom for extra protection and spackling up holes. We also took down the barn door hardware which will receive a new spray paint job before it’s going back up again.


Then, one sunny morning, we covered up the windows and doors! My goodness, that was a job! It took the both of us over 2 hours, cutting paper and taping it up.


PS: Above you can see Adrian’s new wood shed, made out of recycled wood ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since we’re skipping building the garage this year, we still need a space to store the lawn mower, the snow blower as well as some extra fire wood. Oh, and gardening tools like all the shovels and rakes and stuff.


By noon we were finally done with the prep work and Adrian started painting! He had purchased a neat little spray gun, which made the job OH SO EASY!! For the tippity top he used our neighbors 40ft ladder (thank you Dave!!) and I won’t exaggerate when I say I was praying the whole time that nothing would happen up there… I’m terribly afraid of heights and seeing my love on any wobbly ladder, just working away, sends goose bumps all over my back.


It seems to be a curse, but getting the EXACT right paint color seems to be impossible. Remember how we picked the beautiful, smoky dark Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams? Yeah well… The color we ended up getting was just a little off. You know, just enough where it bugs you, but not enough to make a fuss over it. The above left image shows the top color being Peppercorn, and sprayed onto it is whatever shade we ended up using for the barn.


The backside of the barn after the first coat, and below, what it used to look like ๐Ÿ™‚


Adrian ended up spraying two coats in under 3 hours! That’s quite the accomplishment. We were so glad we had invested into that spray gun, which will make painting the rest of the house so much easier and faster too.

Now the last bit is painting the window frames as well as framing the barn door with new boards. We had originally planned on keeping the window casings dark, but ended up deciding that they need to stand out after all. So, back to the paint brush ๐Ÿ˜‰


Guys, this is so very exciting! We have picked a color and are about to get cracking on painting the barn! Eeeeks all around!

But let’s back up a little bit to last Summer. Remember when I introduced you all to our idea of going nice and dark, to make the white part of the house pop? I basically came up with that idea while playing in PhotoShop. I was trying to figure out the color of the doors and well, the barn.

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The idea was to paint that same Fall, but the weather didn’t cooperate (surprise surprise) so the project was pushed to 2017. And NOW we’re ready to rock!

First things first – paint samples! Now if you think it’s difficult to pick a color for a room, picking a color for an entire part of the house is even more tricky.

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Up went the samples and we picked two to test out (the upper middle and upper right color)

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Here’s the thing. Grey is an especially difficult color to pick, because it can have just about any color tint. From green to yellow to blue to purple and everything in between. It’s not easy. After painting the first two samples we knew that the darker color was too green and the lighter grey just felt too ‘elephanty’ if that makes any sense.

So back to the drawing board and two more samples later, we got us a winner!

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Adrian had painted on the second batch of samples and called me out. I saw it on his face that we had found our color. The grin, people, the grin ๐Ÿ˜‰

We ended up picking the upper right color called Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams. It’s the perfect dark slate grey with a warm undertone. Funny thing is, months ago, when I played around in PhotoShop, looking at paint samples in our old house, Peppercorn was what I secretly thought might be THE color. I wish we have more of those “HA! I knew it!” moments LOL

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While we’re talking about painting the house and stuff, I thought I’d show you a little section of the house that Adrian scraped and primed while I was in California shooting weddings. What a difference it makes! Once that barn is painted, we’ll dedicate our lives to the crackling clapboard of the old main house. Lots of work ahead!

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We (and really, I mean Adrian) also cleaned up the front of our house. He did such a good job on digging up the existing boarder bricks, adding a rain splash and planting me some pretty Pinky Winky Hydrangeas ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s still more planting to be done, but for now it looks so much more cleaned up than it ever did.


My goodness, over a month since the last blog post! So much has been happening, especially in the veggie garden. Remember when I took you on a little garden tour, back in June? Boy oh boy, things have grown since then! Let’s take a peek at the garden 1 1/2 months later.

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Things are growing and overgrowing! The raised garden beds Adrian made are holding up super well and are starting to get their pretty grey color.

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I’ve planted Brussel’s Sprouts as an experiment and they are loving the North Eastern weather. Dill also grows plentifully and so do cucumbers and zucchinis… To the point where they seem to come out of our ears LOL

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But my full and complete pride are my 35 tomato plants! Yep, thirty five. In California they grew really well and produced quite a bit, but I had no clue how well they would do in our zone 5 climate. Let me tell you, they LOVE it! Humidity and all. They also are producing even better than my Cali plants. It seems that every single blossom turns into a gorgeous green fruit. It’s quite amazing!

It’s really difficult to wait for these pretties to turn from green to red (and orange and black/green/purple/red), but my pots are prepped and the Mason Jars are cleaned – we’re ready for a tomato sauce conserving marathon!

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Where the abundance of Spring lettuce used to grow, I have sown a few rows of carrots. They love the shade of the tomatoes and are almost ready to be plucked out of their dirt beds.

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Herbs are growing too. They are the only thing I didn’t plant by seed, but bought as little plants.

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The back row – where the Raspberries were supposed to grow, but didn’t – we have some beautiful squash sprawling across the lawn. I planted them first and foremost as Fall decor, but who knows, maybe some of them might get gobbled right up ๐Ÿ™‚



Happy Birthday America (+ Leya)!!!


It’s the perfect time to say THANK YOU for visiting the blog and following our little journey ๐Ÿ˜€ We wish you all a happy day with fun BBQ parties, quality time with your loved ones and parade goings ๐Ÿ˜€ Here at HOM we’re also celebrating four years of Leya – yup, this pup is a TRUE patriot and made her entrance into this world on the 4th of July!


And now get back to the celebrations and have a great (and safe) day!!