September 20, 2016

Alternate title: This is Taking a Minute. To review, I am diy-ing shiplap walls in my office. The emphasis is on the “y” in diy because I am trying to complete the project without asking David for help. That has not gone 100% because I have had to go to him a couple times (higher up parts!), but overall I feel I have stayed true to my if-you-are-going-to-try-and-squeeze-this-project-in-you-don’t-have-to-force-David-to-as-well.

He frequently reminds me that I do not have to avoid asking him for help. He is nice. But really, I am not going to bother him with it because this project was a stretch and since I decided to go for it, I want to bear the brunt of it.


So far I have completed the first wall and gotten the first coat of paint on it. I am now taking a brief pause because we are refinancing our house and there cannot be any unfinished projects when it is appraised. (That was effective in lighting a fire under us on a few other problems too – namely the master bathroom.)

When I say I am “done” with a wall, I mean the boards have been installed, nail holes and seams have been spackled and sanded, and I painted on a coat of Ralph Lauren’s Chalk White. Remaining to be done is a second coat of paint, baseboards, crown molding, and final caulking, but we are passable for an appraisal now. And, I will not do those trims until after I install the built in desk anyway.


Overall verdict on DIY-ing shiplap? It is tough to do by yourself. If you went at it as a two man job, it would probably go more than two times as fast. I originally planned to also do this treatment in the guest room, which I am rethinking how badly I want it because other ways to give the wall character or add some millwork are a lot less detail oriented and slow going.

I also did a really large room so just a bathroom, or even a kitchen backsplash would be not too bad at all. I will share a full tutorial when I am finished!

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  • Mary Margaret Phillips

    Still can’t get over yalls floors!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Mary!! Me either!

  • Liz

    I love it!! What did you use to put up the “ship lap”? Wide pieces of board over the wall with nails? glue? both? I think I want to do this in my master bedroom. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thin boards and a nail gun. I will post a full tutorial when I am done!

      • Liz

        I look forward to it

        • Rachel Schultz


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