Hello Again my Beauties!
I have such a fun DIY project for you today.
As I have been mentioning on Facebook
I decided to do some FAUX ShipLap...you know..
SHIP LAP...from FIXER UPPER.
Let me start this project by Reminding you what the fireplace
I was going to be making over looked like in the beginning.
Way back in my blogging career I made over this Goodwill Fireplace.
I loved scoring this electric fireplace and mantel for only $79
and making it the center point of my living room.
But as much as I loved it, I always felt that it felt DISCONNECTED
from the room.
I had gone back and forth on what I wanted to do
but could just never make a final decision.
I had toyed with faux brick but thought it would look weird only doing a small section above the fireplace.
Then after multiple episodes of Fixer Upper
I decided to do a simple shiplap style backing.
So over the years, this is how it looked (all the decor had already been taken down before I remembered to take the picture)
I started with my blank slate to prepare for my shiplap.
When trying to decide what materials to use I came upon this simple and easy
I loved that it had multiple different sections, giving it more detail.
The paneling only cost $15
I knew I was going to want to trim around the edges so I found these simple pine lattice pieces
I only needed 2 of them in order to trim around the outside and the top of the panel piece.
Before I cut the paneling I wanted to know how wide I needed it so I decided to cut my lattice first.
This way I could visualize how wide I wanted it.
I decide to keep the ends even with the columns of the fireplace on the bottom.
I temporarily taped up the lattice so I could measure how wide I wanted the paneling cut
since I was cutting it sideways instead of putting it straight up like normal paneling.
Once the paneling was cut we nailed up all the lattice an the sides, nailed up the paneling
and then nailed up the top lattice piece.
This was a nice way to lead into the crown molding giving it even more detail.
Once it was all up I could use paintable caulk to fill in any gaps and give it a couple coats of paint to match the rest of the trim and fireplace in the living room.
I also lightly used a light gray paint in the ridges to highlight the different planks.
I loved how it looked and it changed the whole look of the room.
Next it was time to decorate it.
I finally had a place again in my living room for my vintage round art deco mirror that was my dads.
I placed it in the center and decorated from there.
I added all my fall harvest decor and different color metallic accents.
I love how the different metals look together.
The faux ship lap was one of the EASIEST and CHEAPEST projects I have ever done
and for the time and money it made a huge impact on the room.
My fireplace FINALLY feels like part of the room instead of
a portable fireplace.
$15 for paneling and
$10 for the lattice
and a couple bucks for panel nails and
I had transformed my fireplace.
I hope you enjoyed this latest DIY project.
I had so much fun and was thrilled at how little time it actually took.
I have lots more makeovers coming up so stay tuned
for more DIY in the coming weeks.
Until next time,
Go make someones day BEAUTIFUL!