10 Things Nobody Tells You About Shiplap
7. With its strong lines and handcrafted feel, it works almost anywhere.
Advised architect (and leaf enthusiast) Sheila Bonnell: “Because she creates texture in such a clean, no-frills way, it can work just as well in a contemporary setting. In fact, one of the things I love about the shiplap is that it works both ways. Because it’s handcrafted, it can add warmth to what could be a more austere modern setting. Or, conversely, because it has a very crisp line, especially when painted, it can be used to make historic decor more contemporary. Learn more about the many ways to use shiplap in Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap.
8. Top to bottom or bottom to top?
Experts say you can’t go wrong installing a shiplap: as long as everything is measured carefully, it’s forgiving enough. Whether you start with the top plank and work your way down, or start with the bottom plank and work your way up, just make sure the first plank is level, as the rest will follow. (Keep in mind that your planks may not fit evenly from top to bottom, depending on the width of the planks relative to your wall height; if you prefer to have full board at the top, start there. .)
8. Paint carefully.
The charm of the shiplap comes from the visible gap between the boards. If you choose to paint your own, paint carefully to make sure the paint does not fill in the gaps.
9. Obsessed with shiplap? There’s a t-shirt for that.
To testify to the popularity of Shiplap, Magnolia Home (by Chip and Joanna Gaines or Upper Fixator fame) is now selling a #shiplap t-shirt for $ 26.
10. The downside: dust.
If you install the shiplap horizontally, be aware that the small spaces that give the shiplap its charm are also perfect small spaces for dust to collect. Give your walls once more with a rag or rag every now and then to make sure they stay dust free.
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