Shiplap in the Basement Media Center!

Welp, we already got a project checked off that to-do I made last weekend (see more on that here)–we put shiplap in the basement media cabinet!! We finished it up late last night and I LOVE how it turned out. And I’ve actually wanted to do this since our basement was finished last fall, mostly because that empty space behind our TV seemed a lot bigger than I had anticipated. I actually designed the whole thing, but I didn’t plan well for the huge empty spot in between the shelves. It always looked unfinished to me. But we finally got some shiplap in that spot and it looks SO much better. Here’s how it looked before:

And here’s how it looks now with shiplap:

What a change right?! So simple, but I feel like it made a HUGE difference. It really does make this media center feel more complete and cohesive now. It’s the focal point of the whole basement.

I know it’s not for everyone, but I looooooove me some shiplap. In fact, I would be tickled pink to shiplap the entire basement one day. It just makes me happy, plus it instantly makes any space feel more cozy and inviting. Anyway, thanks for dropping by the blog today! I’d love to hear what you think of this new look in the media center. xoxo


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  1. 7.28.21

    I did not think it could look better, but it does.

    • 7.28.21
      Sarah said:

      ah thank you Betty!

      • 7.30.21

        Forgot to ask, where did you get the pretty potted plants with the oranges on them.

        • 7.30.21
          Sarah said:

          Those are from Target but I can’t seem to find the link anymore.

          • 8.1.21

            Thanks Sarah. I will check and see if they still have them.

  2. 7.29.21
    LizaJane said:

    Absolutely love it! I’m a big fan of shiplap too! You’d never know it wasn’t there all along, it really looks finished.

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      yessss!! It definitely looks complete now.

  3. 7.29.21
    Peggy said:

    Love, love, love. You are correct, instant coziness!

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      thanks so much Peggy!

  4. 7.29.21
    Candy said:

    Good Morning Sarah
    I just love it as it certainly is perfect for that spot! One question I have is “ Is it ok to save your house pictures.” Looks like they go on Pinterest, I thought I could save them on my personal photos. Someday I will be able to decorate my house like yours, I love it. Please let me know ok

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      yes of course you can save any of the photos you like!!

  5. 7.29.21
    Martha B. said:

    It’s so cozy and warm. I love it.

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Martha!

      • 7.30.21
        Jody Jackson said:

        I love shiplap too. And where you put it is perfect. Did you use real wood or is it wallpaper or what? I know you have a very handy husband and father in law. So you’re very lucky. I don’t so I had to wallpaper one room in my bedroom to look like shiplap. But that’s ok, it works.

  6. 7.29.21
    Patricia said:

    I love the shiplap and the whole media center – it’s all beautiful! I have a question though. The carpet that is under the area rug is also beautiful and I wondered if you wouldn’t mind telling me what brand and style it is. I love that sculptured look and am looking for a new carpet for my tv room. Thanks

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      I wish I could remember the info on that, but we picked that our from a local dealer here in Colorado last summer and I don’t have the info anymore. I’m sorry Patricia!

      • 8.4.21
        Patricia said:

        Thanks anyway! I love your house.

  7. 7.29.21
    Mary said:

    Great idea, looks so cute!!

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      thanks Mary!

  8. 7.29.21
    Julie Nathe said:

    Looks beautiful!

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you Julie. xo

  9. 7.29.21
    Melanie said:

    Love it! The shiplap made it look so good! Great job!

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      Such a great change, right?! I love it too.

      • 3.31.22
        Barbie said:

        Sarah, I absolutely love your decorating style! Can you tell me where your got your built in cabinets? I love them!! We’re starting a basement remodel, and those cabinets would be perfect!

  10. 7.30.21
    Sharron Sonders said:

    Your home is simply beautiful throughout. I am a faithful follower. Love love love your ideas. Ottawa Canada

    • 7.30.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you for being here Sharron, I appreciate that so much!

  11. 9.17.21
    Karen said:

    Love your basement finish so so talented

  12. 1.22.22
    Amit said:

    Hi it looks amazing. Quick question – what’s the white paint and color you you’ve used on the shiplap and the wall ?

  13. 1.13.24
    Steve said:

    It looks fantastic, what was the cost ? I’d love to do this in our home