Last Friday, I shared the inspiration board for our living room. One of the first items checked off our list was removing the scalloped trim from the built ins, pulling down the mirror and planking above the fireplace mantel.
There are a gazillion DIY plank wall/shiplap wall tutorials out there. They are all basically the same once you figure out what type of wood you want to use. We wanted wood that was relatively low profile (¼ inch or less) so we went with the same lattice trim that I used in our old house for the closet face lift and dining room board and batten. Amazingly, it was the exact width we needed, so we didn't even need to break out the saw!
Using our nail gun, we nailed the planks directly into the studs in the wall. We trimmed out the edges and painted everything white.
You can also see where we removed the scalloped trim around the built in bookshelves. Once those imperfections are caulked and painted, it will all blend seamlessly.
Right now, this is the only part of our living room that is actually white. This lovely fresh paint really highlights the fact that all the other woodwork is cream. Yuck!
Our painter starts tomorrow. I'm so excited to not have to paint this entire room myself!!
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