Well, we finally put up shiplap (actually, underlayment to look like shiplap) above our fireplace. It's been on our to-do list for awhile.
There are lots of great step-by-step DIYs out there. We bought a 4x8 piece of underlayment at Home Depot (about $12). I measured the width and had them cut it down to 8" wide strips. (Some people go with 6", it just depends on your preference.) Home improvement stores will usually make six to eight cuts for free, and then there will be a small charge per cut.
I quickly sanded the rough edges and we started nailing the boards into place. We used a hammer and nails instead of a nail gun because I wanted the shiplap to look aged, with the type of nails that have larger heads.
(Forgive my non-professional terminology!)
The boards were not cut perfectly straight, so while we used nickels as spacers, we had to adjust the boards here and there to achieve similar spacing between the boards. They are by no means perfectly even. But, I've heard (thank you
Fixer Upper ;), that neither were the shiplap boards back in the day.
My husband likes the warmth the natural wood color adds to the room. I typically love wood mixed with whites. But, there is part of me that really wants to paint the shiplap white...
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