You know those spaces in your home that you just don’t like? No matter what, it doesn’t seem to fit. Something just seems off. Or just plain ugly in this case. That’s how I felt about our breakfast nook from the first day we moved in. I never liked it and it always bothered me. We’d been in the house about 3 months when I finally figured out the problem. This space needed shiplap! Yes, lovely shiplap. Or planked walls, if you do it the cheap way like I did. It was fairly simple to do and the results were definitely worth the work. And today I’m excited to share exactly how I did it–and yes, I did it myself. Actually, this was my first time using a saw. Ever. In my life. And I lived to tell about it.
- circular saw to cut the boards to length
- jigsaw to cut around outlets or other edges
- nail gun
- two nickels (to evenly separate your planks as you go)
- liquid nails to secure boards to the wall (although I didn’t use this)
- stud finder (you’ll want to know exactly where to shoot the nails if you’re lazy and don’t use liquid nails like me!)
- DryDex Spackling
- coffee (if you’re into that kind of thing)
Here’s a few shots of the before:
Not pretty. We all agree.
I used 4×8 underlayment sheets from Lowe’s. If you ask nicely some jolly little fellow will come cut it into 6″ planks. I highly recommend doing this, it will make your life much easier. And it helps if you have an assistant.
The concept is pretty simple: nail the boards to the wall. Easy, I told you. I started at the top of the wall in order to make sure everything was level and even as I worked my way down–plus I wanted a full plank on the top. You could also start from the bottom up, either works. (Side note: I’m not sure why my top plank is missing here. I can’t remember what happened, but it will reappear soon.)
It went pretty fast working down and around the window. Make sure to use two nickels to separate your boards so all the planks are nice and evenly spaced.
Some people use liquid nails to help secure the planks to the walls. But I’m lazy. So instead I used a stud finder to find the studs in the walls, drew a line down the wall, and then used that to guide me as I nailed the planks on the wall.
I used spackle to fill all the nails holes. Make sure you also sand them down after it dries!
Also be sure to add some corner trim just to polish it off a bit and cover any uneven edges. This gives it a more finished look.
I primed the planks with Zinsser white primer.
Here it is all primed and ready for paint:
I used Behr Ultra Paint & Primer in Pure White to paint the planks. I went for the eggshell finish because I didn’t want to be shiny at all. Here’s the finished look, minus a few pieces of pesky trim:
I love how it brightened up this space and added the perfect farmhouse charm! And honestly, I’m pretty shocked I was able to pull this one off by myself. And if I can do it, so can YOU. So go get yourself some planks and get to work. Let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to chat!