This week, I want to share the DIY vertical shiplap wall we have accomplished, why we decided on wall paneling, and the journey to pick the right paint color and sheen for vertical wall panel.
Quick info on this space
The room I’m updating is my home office, but it also serves as guest bedroom, and a craft room. It is around 10′ by 10′, a fairly small room. It has a 53″ by 25″ small closet.
You can check out my home office renovation here:
Why did we decide to DIY vertical shiplap wall?
This room was originally covered by vinyl wallpaper. The texture feels artificial and the pattern is tiny pink dots on a light beige base. Overall, the wallpaper feels and looks very dated, so we have to remove it. You can check out more before photos in the space plan and mood board post.
I was an inexperienced home DIYer. when I first moved into our house, I got so excited that I started hand peeling the vinyl wallpaper… and it turned out to be a bad decision that I would never do again! Although I was able to remove them from the room, those vinyl wallpaper had left some significant residue: thread mesh backing from the wallpaper and hardened glue.
We have attempted to remove the glue and threads, but it was extremely difficult. So the solution is to use wall molding to cover the scary walls.
I have compared quite a few wall molding options, but eventually landed on vertical shiplap wall paneling. It is simple but classic, also make the wall appear taller. Since we are in California, I thought this vertical shiplap will add some local flare by giving the room a slightly beach-y feel.
DIY vertical shiplap wall paneling process
We started by removing all the baseboard and crown moldings. Then start nail in shiplap boards by brad nailer. The shiplap boards were purchased at my local Lowe’s. This specific board without the groove is 5″ wide, the right width for my liking.
Then we added crown moldings and baseboard. One tricky part is to work around the doors and secret door to the attic, because we did’t intend to redo the door casing. So I was using the lip of the board to create a mini frame.
We did replaced all the windows in this room, so the shiplap boards stops 1″ from the window on all sides. When the window company came to replace the window, I asked them to align the window supporting boards to be flush with my shiplap wall. This would making install window casing easier.
I have also used some molding pieces to hide the imperfection where two wall meets. Like in the right side of this photo below, I used a L shaped wood molding to cover the corner. Afterwards, we speckle all the nail holes and caulk all the seam.
Picking paint color and paint sheen
For the paint colors, it is not very hard since my mood board helped me to narrow down the tone and hue of the paint color. There’s three finalists:
1. Benjamin Moore 2140-60 Moonshine
2. Benjamin Moore 1625 Blue Lace
3. Benjamin Moore 1626 Gentle Gray
I bought small sample pots and tested them on two walls, reason being paint color will look differently depends on wall facing. And I quickly decided to do Moonshine. For this space, moonshine just looks more sophisticated and gentle. I also like that for Moonshine, is harder to tell what exactly the color is. Fun fact: I seem to have a tendency to like grays with a very light color tint.
For the paint sheen I decided on Eggshell. Normally I would use a matte finish for walls. But this time the situation is a bit different with wall paneling. From my extensive observation on Pinterest, it seems like wall paneling usually has a glossier sheen than drywalls. So I upped a level on the paint sheen and landed on Eggshell finish.
Painting DIY vertical shiplap
For painting, we decided to use paint sprayer for two reasons:
- We already own a paint sprayer for our kitchen cabinet project
- The grooves of shiplap is pretty tricky to paint, paint prayer would make it easier.
As prepping job prior to spray painting, We have protected all the flooring, outlets, ceiling box, and of course, windows. I’ve been really interested in the look where moldings and wall share the same color. So I only taped the windows themselves, leaving the window casing to be painted with the wall.
Finished DIY vertical shiplap wall
After painting, touching up, touching up and touching up, we are finally finished walls! I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially considering it is a complete DIY project by two non professional people!
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