Friday, June 17, 2016

Farmhouse Style: Shiplap Above the Fireplace (Natural or White?)

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...


What is your vote? Natural wood or white?



Thank you for stopping by today!

I always love reading your comments and hope you'll weigh-in on the color...

Xo


31 comments:

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    1. I love (or would love :) all white too!

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  2. I would have said white but as I scrolled through the rest of the pictures and saw the floor and table in the same wood tone, I thought it looked good as is. But, if it were me, I'd live with it awhile before deciding!

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  3. I think to have it feel like true shiplap I would paint it white says the girl that paints everything white lol! You have the warmth of the wood in your floors and table so I think painting the shiplap white will look stunning.
    Which ever way you go it is beautiful.
    Kris

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    1. Good points... I think that is what I was thinking with the floors too. You're so funny... yes, I kinda knew your vote would be for white Kris! :)

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  4. I love the way it is ..seems to compliment the floors in that room... It is gorgeous!!!!!

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    1. Awe, that makes me relax for the moment! Glad you like it. Thanks so much for weighing in!

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  5. I would leave it natural for a while, you can paint it later if you decide to. I was wondering if you used anything to trim the sides?

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    1. I think that's a great plan! No, we did not trim the sides. Our fireplace and mantel have a lot of molding and trim, so just the simple boards above are okay with me. ;)

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  6. I vote to live with it a while and then decide.

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  7. I vote to live with it a while and then decide.

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  8. Go look at Fixer Upper: A Family Home Resurrected in Rural Texas - Season 3 - the bedroom wall... but don't show it to your husband because I bet he would love that look!

    I immediately thought white.. but as I keep looking I'm leaning toward natural. Either way will look great in your room.

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    1. Now that you mention it, I remember! :) Anything those Gaines do looks amazing. Thank you for your kind words!

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  9. The wall looks great with the shiplap, and it does look nice left natural, but I love white , so for me, I would paint it. What if you left it natural but trimmed it out in white? Either way, painted or not, it looks terrific and you have inspired me to finally do above my own fireplace.

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    1. That's great! I hope you enjoy your wall. I love white too!

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  10. I thought I knew what I was going to suggest = then I read all the comments. Each one is very convincing. So I don't have any idea what I would do. Sorry
    *Smiles*

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  11. The wood looks very pretty, but I still vote for white. Team white! lol!

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    1. Team white has had many victories in our house! :) Thank you for your vote. I appreciate it!

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  12. I say live with natural for awhile!

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  13. Hi Girl, I am one for a real farmhouse feel with the exposed shiplap being then painted white, with just the shiplap exposed look over the fireplace maybe you could just have the best of both and soften the blow of the harsh feel of raw wood by white washing it and the heavy streaks of white paint in the seams of the planking to look old a worn a bit sanded down old paint look? You will stil have the contrast in the room and firewall, but a softer feel to the heavy contrast.

    If then you don't want the white washed feel you can then paint it all white. IN my home I have distressed whites, raw, and whitewashed for a more even flow. You can whitewash the shiplap with a wet damp rag of white paint rubbing it down with even strokes going with the grain and leaving some of the areas uneven so you gain that worn rubbed off feel...in the creases you can rub or unevenly brush quick strokes of white paint to give it a heavier look, it will then match the light wall that is shadowing through the cracks of where the shiplap butts up. If you leave the shiplap raw, then get a skinny paint brush and us a raw taupe beige paint and paint the white wall in the seams so it looks more authentic to being an exposed shiplap framed in wall.

    You can even add a white washed weathered piece of furniture in the room and it will then add more attention to your plans to design around the new fireplace wall.
    You just did exactly what I want to do to my kitchen wall, yet trying to make time where myself and my daughter will do the job ourselves...ugh!

    Love all that you have inspired here, have fun with it !!

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. GREAT tips Dore! I will most likely use one of these techniques after living with the wood for a bit. I feel like it doesn't quite fit our home or my preferred style as-is... The white showing through could be part of the problem. I think eventually though, I'd like to white wash or paint white to soften the look. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. I vote leave it natural. You can always paint it if you decide you want a different look. The TV will really show 'BLACK BOX' on a white wall, I think. thanks

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    1. That is a good point! I've dreamed of small barn doors to cover the TV when not in use. Maybe some day! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

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  15. my vote is you will have to do it in some other room so you can have both. one white and one natural.

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