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  1. Wow – the shiplap looks fantastic!!! I am definitely showing this post to my husband and hopefully it will convince him to put shiplap in my dining room and mudroom. It really adds so much character to your rooms. I just found your blog, and am reading all of your previous posts – I really love your style.

  2. Wow – the shiplap looks fantastic!!! I am definitely showing this post to my husband and hopefully it will convince him to put shiplap in my dining room and mudroom. It really adds so much character to your rooms. I just found your blog, and am reading all of your previous posts – I really love your style.

  3. I Love this tutorial! Thanks!! I have a few questions… If you didn't bring out the outlets since the wood was so thin, did you have trouble attaching the faceplate cover to the outlet? Those screws aren't very long.
    Also, regarding the windows/trim… I see you added the trim on the outside of the window or over the shiplap. Did you add anything on the inside edge of the window to cover the layers of original drywall, shiplap and new trim? Or did you fill in the gaps with caulk or paint or…? Sorry for all the questions…I just really want to make sure I have all the details down before I start my own project!! 🙂

  4. What a wonderful job! It looks terrific! I did this with my mom shed and love how it turned out. I would like to comment on Lowes and Home Depot cutting the sheets of plywood. I also went with 8 inches over 6 inches and much prefer the look. I used Home Depot for part of the job and had no trouble with the boards being "tapered" and I used our local lumber store, Dunn Lumber, to do the rest. I did find the boards that were cut at the lumber store were a little more perfect but Home Depot also did a great job. The only reason I bring this up is that I wouldn't want anyone to be dissuaded from trying this project because they don't have a table saw or the muscle (handling those 4×8 sheets is tough!). Even if you end up with boards that are a smidgen off that just makes them look like real shiplap and adds character. Thank you for a great tutorial! P.S. found you through The Inspired Home!

  5. What a wonderful job! It looks terrific! I did this with my mom shed and love how it turned out. I would like to comment on Lowes and Home Depot cutting the sheets of plywood. I also went with 8 inches over 6 inches and much prefer the look. I used Home Depot for part of the job and had no trouble with the boards being "tapered" and I used our local lumber store, Dunn Lumber, to do the rest. I did find the boards that were cut at the lumber store were a little more perfect but Home Depot also did a great job. The only reason I bring this up is that I wouldn't want anyone to be dissuaded from trying this project because they don't have a table saw or the muscle (handling those 4×8 sheets is tough!). Even if you end up with boards that are a smidgen off that just makes them look like real shiplap and adds character. Thank you for a great tutorial! P.S. found you through The Inspired Home!

  6. Love the look of shiplap. But I had no idea it is installed with such a large gap between boards ! So your boards are the thickness of two nickles apart, or four nickles apart and how did you choose that size gap ?
    Thanks for your blog post on this !

  7. Love the look of shiplap. But I had no idea it is installed with such a large gap between boards ! So your boards are the thickness of two nickles apart, or four nickles apart and how did you choose that size gap ?
    Thanks for your blog post on this !

  8. two nickles are just under 1/8th of an inch. I think they used 2 nickles at each end of the boards to keep the gap even. Four nickles would be close to 1/4" and might be OK also. Try it and see what you like.

  9. two nickles are just under 1/8th of an inch. I think they used 2 nickles at each end of the boards to keep the gap even. Four nickles would be close to 1/4" and might be OK also. Try it and see what you like.

  10. I always welcome questions! We actually didn't even take the outlets off, we cut so it went around the whole outlet (so its set back in the wall slightly). Does that make sense? For the windows we did put it over the shiplap. We used spackle to fill in the seams, sanded and then painted so it looks smooth on the inside. I hope that explains enough! Let me know if you have more questions!

  11. I always welcome questions! We actually didn't even take the outlets off, we cut so it went around the whole outlet (so its set back in the wall slightly). Does that make sense? For the windows we did put it over the shiplap. We used spackle to fill in the seams, sanded and then painted so it looks smooth on the inside. I hope that explains enough! Let me know if you have more questions!

  12. It really is your own preference on how wide of a gap you want. I wanted mine a little wider so I used two nickels glued together. You just need two sets (four nickels total) so that you can put them on each end when aligning the boards.

  13. It really is your own preference on how wide of a gap you want. I wanted mine a little wider so I used two nickels glued together. You just need two sets (four nickels total) so that you can put them on each end when aligning the boards.

  14. Your shiplap looks great! I wish I had seen your post a couple weeks ago BEFORE my we did our shiplap wall because I ran into the tapering boards from the Home Depot saw. Fortunately we were able to get away with it to where no one will ever notice any sloping but we noticed it mostly when we hung the curtain rods. By the way, I had not read anyone mentioning painting the sides first either but I did it anyway because I knew the unfinished edges would drive us crazy!!!

  15. Your shiplap looks great! I wish I had seen your post a couple weeks ago BEFORE my we did our shiplap wall because I ran into the tapering boards from the Home Depot saw. Fortunately we were able to get away with it to where no one will ever notice any sloping but we noticed it mostly when we hung the curtain rods. By the way, I had not read anyone mentioning painting the sides first either but I did it anyway because I knew the unfinished edges would drive us crazy!!!

  16. Great job Karen and hubby! I'm sure Joanna would be impressed!
    I was surprised to read that you filled the gaps with spackel, I don't know what I expected, nothing or no gap? When we see it on fixer upper is that how they do it?
    Thanks for sharing and answering 🙂

  17. Great job Karen and hubby! I'm sure Joanna would be impressed!
    I was surprised to read that you filled the gaps with spackel, I don't know what I expected, nothing or no gap? When we see it on fixer upper is that how they do it?
    Thanks for sharing and answering 🙂

  18. Does the wall behind the shiplap need to be painted the same color as the shiplap? Can you see the wall color through the gaps between the shiplap? Especially if you decide on a slightly larger gap as you did with the 2 nickles?

  19. Does the wall behind the shiplap need to be painted the same color as the shiplap? Can you see the wall color through the gaps between the shiplap? Especially if you decide on a slightly larger gap as you did with the 2 nickles?

  20. This is a great blog and the photos are brilliant. It's really interesting to be able to see how long it took you, not by your progress or by a clock, but by the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows. Are we looking at two days all in? If so, then it was worth every second? Because it looks stunning.

  21. This is a great blog and the photos are brilliant. It's really interesting to be able to see how long it took you, not by your progress or by a clock, but by the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows. Are we looking at two days all in? If so, then it was worth every second? Because it looks stunning.

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