How To Build A Shiplap Accent Wall

I can't believe I never wrote about this! 

How To Build A Shiplap Accent Wall

Well, when I tell you all that's been happening... you'll probably understand why.  Life has been crazy wonderful! ๐Ÿ’—

Last week, I posted about our Transformed Bed Frame, and I mentioned a bit of news about our son moving back to the east coast.... wellll..... what I couldn't tell you then, I can tell you now!!!

My son and his girlfriend are ENGAGED!!!

Mike and I are sooo incredibly happy for them! The last several months been an amazing roller coaster ride!  We can't wait to see all God has in store! ๐Ÿ˜

So, now you might understand why I have been so discombobulated! Thinking all along I've already showed you the awesome shiplap accent wall!

Here we go! This is what we are started with...

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Our bedroom is massive...  I don't want to say too big, but seriously it almost is.  So, we thought to break it up a bit and create a focal point.  The shiplap accent has done exactly that!

Here's the process we went through.  First, of course we measured the width of it.  

Before Shiplap Accent Wall

I wanted it to incorporate the bedside tables, so that we could install swing arm lamps in the wall.  Then we found the center and marked off where all of the studs were. Once that was determined we were ready to go!

The next step was removing the baseboards and installing the furring strips.  Furring strips were installed at every stud. 

Hubby installing furring strips

Furring strips are basically 1x2's.  They are cheap and you can buy them in bundles.  We used them to give us space behind the shiplap to run wires.

Furring Strips for shiplap

We wanted to install lamps on either side of the bed and also have mood lighting up inside the crown molding.  The mood lighting was hubby's idea.  I really wasn't too keen on it.  But this is his bedroom too and his opinion is just as important as mine.  ๐Ÿ‘

Next, hubby worked on the electrical.  He added 2 lights, an outlet for lights in the crown molding and a switch to easily turn on and off the crown molding lights.  Pretty smart, right?! 

Now the fun part!! Shiplap!

Shiplap installation

Our shiplap is made from a 4x8 sheet of underlayment.  We purchased it at Home Depot for around $14 each.  Lowes also carries underlayment for pretty much the same price.  We had Home Depot cut the underlayment into 6 inch strips.  We prefer cutting it ourselves.  Our saw blade is sharper and we take our time.  They just come out cleaner and nicer.  But we were in the middle of winter and it is FREEZING in our garage, so we had Home Depot cut them.  I just had to sand the edges a bit more than normal.

I cut the some of the strips in half, so we could stagger the pieces on the wall.  Then we just nailed them up with our nail gun.  Seriously, the best purchase we've made!  Along with our air compressor on wheels!

We used washers as our spacers.  We didn't want too wide of a space, because you could see the shadow of the furring strips, so we tried to make it as small as possible.

It worked out perfect.  Then we added in a few supports for the crown molding.

How To Build A Shiplap Accent Wall

Next up, install crown molding and add some sort of strip to the sides to cover the ends.

Hubby had another genius idea for the ends.  He took a 2x4 and cut it lengthwise. Then cut off the 'curved' part of the 2x4.  So, he was left with about a 2 - 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 8 pieces. He then cut a very small rectangle out of the center so that he was left with a piece that has a right angle to cover over the edge of shiplap wall.  Basically, a corner piece, but measured to fit our corner exactly. ๐Ÿ‘

Shiplap accent wall installation

I filled all nail holes and did some caulking along the sides and crown molding.  Then a few coats of primer and paint! Voilรฉ!! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Shiplap Accent Wall Complete

OMG!! I love love love it!!! 

The swing arm lamps are sooo cute AND old!  We had them in our old house.  I just spray painted them to freshen them up and added new shades. 

Spray painted swing arm lamps

Swing arm lamps with new shades

Here are all the lights on... The lights inside the crown molding are just Christmas lights we plugged in!  

Shiplap Accent Wall w/lights Complete

I know that I wasn't to hip on the idea at first.... but now I LOVE them!  

Shiplap Accent Wall w/lights Complete

I actually turn them on when my alarm goes off in the morning and it's so nice an peaceful as I start to wake up. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Let's do a quick before and after... ๐Ÿ˜

Before Master Bedroom

Shiplap Accent Wall w/lights Complete

It's all done!  What a difference!! All the furniture that needed painting in our room is complete.  Now, I can start decorating.  Decorating really isn't one of my strengths... but I have some ideas I think you all are going to love!!

Now, I just need to finish one of our apartments and I'll have a bit of free time! Here's a 'pin for later' photo. 

How To Build A Shiplap Accent Wall

Update! Here's a link to the finished Master Bedroom Makeover!

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