Getting In Ship Shape

August 31, 2011   //  Posted in: Bedrooms, DIY   //  By: Emily   //  7 responses
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If you missed yesterday’s post on headboard inspiration and planning, know that I’ve leaned away from having a formal headboard in our master bedroom, instead pushing towards overhauling the whole wall to add texture and interest.

With a goal of anchoring the bed that currently sits off-center beneath the small window, a horizontal line treatment felt like it would be achievable, and more favorable than vertical boards, like run-of-the-mill wainscoting. Laser beam demonstration, anyone?

Zoom, zip, zoom. Laser beams help to demonstrate where we're going with this headboard overhaul.

I also thought it’d help to make the room feel wider (it already felt taller by dropping the boxspring and mattress down to floor level). It’s the kind of thing you see done often with paint stripes, and as much as I love painted stripes (you’ve seen my living room, right?), I wanted something a little more dimensional.

Yesterday, I prodded you to consider how easy it is to find reclaimed clapboard siding. Siding? In a bedroom? Radical.

This was going to be a piece of cake. Right?

1) Go buy 100 sq. ft of reclaimed siding at 15-50 cents a linear foot.
2) Be happy that I only spent $15-50 and go through the Starbucks drive-through on the way home. Hope that the boards extending out of the Jeep don’t clip another car when I go around the tight curve.
3) Sand and install boards on the wall of the bedroom easily, in an afternoon or maybe two, while catching up on DVR’ed Holmes Inspection episodes.

It didn’t go quite that easily. Maybe you’re not surprised, but I am. And here’s why:

My favorite salvage shop reported that they had two clapboards earlier in the week (only two!) but rarely have them in stock, and never in any sizable quantity. Go figure that clapboards, ancient or not, are difficult to remove in tact and are essentially worthless to resellers. Most everyone told me to just go and buy new cedar, even if it was a lower grade variety for a few dollars per sq. ft. Few dollars, ha.

Zoink. For a sweet $300-400 I could have a full-wall headboard made of brand-spankin’ new cedar clapboard… or… I could devise a new plan.

Ding, ding, ding. That new plan involved shiplap paneling.

Shiplap happiness.

Say what? Shiplap is that lumber in the back corner of your favorite big box store with rabbeted edges, usually right next to the wainscoting and assorted paneling options. It’s more frequently used as an exterior material for sheds and barns in colder climates (since the rabbet allows for a good, weatherproof seal), but I was inspired to use it inside after having seen it used successfully in a bathroom treatment. This photo’s a total sneak peek of a fantastic beach house in town; you’re going to see more of that home later this week, so check back for the full post.

Shiplap bathroom: sneak peek!

But yessir, I brought home 22 1″x8″x8″ boards (which may or may not be enough for my job). At $7.97 each with a handsome 10% discount, plan B set me back just under $160.00. More expensive than reclaimed could have been, less expensive than cedar clapboard.

Shiplap. And some other lumber. And the mother of all framing nail guns.

The mother of all framing nail guns sneaked into my trunk too. That’s Pete’s new pride and joy, so you’ll probably be reading about it on Dadand.com one of these days. All I can say is that it’s beautiful, lightweight, and a lovely shade of sea foam green. But anyways…

When installed horizontally, the seam in the shiplap allows for a  shadowing effect and therefore, an awesome-yet-subtle texture to accent the wall and serve as a soon-to-be-neat headboard treatment.

Shiplap overlap.More to come later this week on how the installation is progressing. What can I tell you so far? Unexpectedly.

Have you worked with this lumber for interior application before? If yes, I’d love to see some examples of your work!

Comments
  • Cait @ Hernando House
    3 years ago - Reply

    I can’t wait to see it all come together! And that bathroom is amazing!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Wait until you see the rest of the house, Cait. I’m headed over this afternoon to take a few final photos and will post the whole transformation tomorrow!

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      3 years ago -

      Can’t wait! I already pinned that bathroom to look back on if we are ever able to add a half bath near our living room & back porch.

  • Sharon Harper
    3 years ago - Reply

    Just when we think you’ve done it all, you come up with yet another great–and thrifty–idea to update the home! At this rate you’re gonna need another one to play with soon with all the amazing transformations. Keep it up and thanks for sharing :)

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Sharon :) I just pulled the nail gun upstairs to start putting the boards into place, so we’ll see how it looks after a little TLC. It could definitely end up going awry.

  • Holyoke Home
    3 years ago - Reply

    Mr. Man just BROKE one of his (our) toys. our Malita Rechargable drill. He’s in trouble.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Rut roh. But shopping for a new one might be fun, right? We like Makita just fine, and aren’t brand loyalists when it comes to tools so much, but with that said we like our impact driver by Craftsman as an amped-up cordless alternative to a more basic cordless :) Impact = awesome.

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