I have a girl crush on Joanna Gaines and when I grow up, I want to be her. Seriously. Not only are Chip and Jo the definition of "relationship goals", but Jo has made a career doing what she loves and has been such an inspiration to so many people along the way- myself included. Not to mention, she basically introduced the world to shiplap and for that, I am eternally grateful. Shiplap doesn't seem to have been used in the homes in East Tennessee so I wasn't able to salvage any and I definitely wasn't lucky enough to discover it behind some nasty drywall on the infamous "demo day." So we made our own and we spent less than $60 doing so!
Our dining room hadn't gotten much attention in the time we have been in our house. The door and the door frame had shifted significantly over the years and they had to be replaced. I figured if we are going to have a nice door, we might as well make the rest of the room pretty too. I started by going to Home Depot to get a couple sheets of wood. I decided to use underlayment because it was smooth, light weight, and most cost effective.
Tip: be extra nice to whoever is working in lumber when you go to buy yours and take a sharpie with you! The gentleman who was working when I went was kind enough to use their fancy saw and cut the board into 6" strips. You want them cut long ways so that you have longer planks. Be warned - you might have to pay per cut but believe me – it’s so worth it! The sharpie will come in handy on the last piece of every board - it’s basically scrap and you want to mark it as such. If you measure that piece, it will not be an even 6" and it will even vary depending on where you measure. If you put it on the wall, it will mess you up. Don't ask me how I know that, just trust me!
My husband's best friend found himself bored on a Saturday morning so I put him to work. We started on the top left corner of the wall by nailing the board into place. I used pennies as spacers between the boards, and just worked my way across and made the necessary cuts with our saw as needed.
Now the fun part - paint! I went with Behr’s "Falling Snow" and I HIGHLY recommend buying paint with a built in primer or even using KILTZ as your first coat!
We also painted the other 3 walls walls with leftover paint from our bedroom (color is Inspire Awe by Clark + Kensington), added some trim to the door, and put up a couple things on the wall.
To complete the wall, I purchased these frames from Hobby Lobby and this "gather" wood-cutout from this Etsy shop and they have given me a promo code to share with you guys for 10% off your order! Use the code "impressionsshop" at checkout.
Isn't it crazy how much this room changed?! I'd love to hear your thoughts and like always,