Got farmhouse dreams on a shack budget?
Well, I do and let me tell you over the years I’ve enjoyed my thrifty flips. Yeap I’m that girl that gets a compliment about a purse or shoes and screams out how much I paid for it. I’m not very competitive when it comes to sports, but I will work hard to make it or build it cheaper. ? We installed real shiplap in our bathroom and I love it, but when you don’t have the money for your next project a girl does what she has to.
This look was created by using inexpensive underlayment boards cut to look just like shiplap. I did this 100% solo, ladies! If you have the help that is great, but if I can do it solo so can you!
What you’ll need
Nail Gun, Chop Saw or Circular saw, Safety Goggles, 4 ft. Level, Pencil, Stud Finder.
Underlayment Board cut into planks. (Home Depot was the only local place that would cut them for me.)
- I had Home Depot cut 4×8 sheets of Tri-Ply Underlayment (around $11.00 a sheet) into 6 equal size planks this should give you around 8” x 8’ planks.
Your Favorite Shabby Paints Color. I used Snow White
Under $150.00 for a 12×12 room.
Since I was doing this project solo, I used a chop saw to cut all my boards in 4-foot pieces so they would be more manageable.
Mark your studs. A good stud finder is needed to make sure your planks are secure. Use your level and pencil to mark your studs from floor to ceiling.
I started at the ceiling. I did this because I knew that our ceiling or floor wouldn’t be perfectly straight and if we had any type of gap at the end the baseboards would hide it. If you are installing crown molding you can start at the floor and work up.
Using my level, I held up my first board and nailed it with my nail gun. I did one row all the way across one wall. The final board had to be cut to fit. Save the leftover from that cut to use as your first board on the second row. This staggers the boards. When doing the next row I used nickels as spacers.
I recommend measuring and verifying that you will not end up having to cut the last board less than ½ of the board’s width. If it measures out that you would, I would rip the first board to make it end right.
A cordless Ryobi jigsaw is great for cutting around light switches and plugs.
If you are doing this solo, sterilize the nickles because you will probably need to use your mouth to hold them lol.
The easiest part of this entire project was painting. I used a roller to apply two coats of Shabby Paints Snow White and occasionally used a screwdriver to clean paint out of the gaps.