DIY Shiplap Makeover

This was our laundry room before the (part 1) makeover. It’s a small space as it is and with the dark blue accent wall, it made the space feel even smaller. I wanted to brighten it up and make it feel bigger, but wanted to spend as little as possible.

I came across few pins on Pinterest about “Sharpie Shiplap” and it looked pretty easy! I knew I had some white paint leftover from another project and a few sharpies laying around, so I definitely wanted to try this out.

The first step I did was paint the wall white. (If you are lucky enough to already have a white wall, then you can obviously skip this step.)

(wearing a mask because I am pregnant)

Once the paint dried, it was time to start measuring where the shiplap lines will go. I decided on a 7 inch shiplap width, but you could do any size you want! I marked 7 inches down on both sides of the wall using a pencil first. (You don’t need to do this step either, but I felt since this was my first time, it would help me eliminate any mistakes I could possibly make mis-measuring.)

TIP: Start from the top of the wall and work your way down.

Once the lines were marked, I used a level to draw the lines with the Sharpie.

Once finished, I took a step back and realized that I wanted the lines to be a little darker. (I used a fine tip Sharpie when I should have used a thicker one like this one.)

I grabbed a thicker Sharpie and made sure it was the look I was going for.. and it was! (The last line is the new Sharpie mark.)

So I re-did the wall again using the thicker Sharpie pen. TIP: Use a thicker Sharpie pen if you’re wanting to achieve the same look as I did. 😉

& here is the finished look! I love how inexpensive this project was and what a difference it made in our laundry room.

Part 2 of our laundry room makeover is to add floating shelves and a table above the washer & dryer.

Have you used Sharpie shiplap in your home? If so, what tips/tricks did you use? Leave a comment below!

Turning something old into something ours.

When we first moved into our house, the previous owners left some furniture behind — which was totally fine by me! I knew that I could and would re-purpose anything and everything. One of the items that the left was an espresso entryway shelf. I loved the shelf, but HATED the color. It made the space feel so dark and small. I wish I would’ve taken a before picture, but I guess this is one of those things that you learn along the blogging way, right?!

Here is what was hanging in the entryway.

We knew that we had to do something with this area, but we didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Jake gave me a budget of $100, so off to Pinterest I went to look for ideas. And of course, I fell in love with something far too expensive…. as usual.

Cute, right?!

I knew that Jake would immediately say no if I even asked, so I didn’t bother! LOL This wasn’t something we NEEDED — it was something we wanted, therefore we didn’t want to splurge and I agreed with that. So, we made a trip to Walmart and Home Depot to purchase these items:

  • Closet Maid 3 cube bench (at the time was $39.99)
  • Ship-lap ($32.97)
  • Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in ultra white (previously had)
  • Two 44in x 5in boards ($5)
  • Caulk (previously had)
Before the ship-lap and sides. (excuse the bent bins — dogs found out that their toys are hidden in there and helped themselves! LOL

Once we purchased the materials, we removed the baseboards to give it the appearance of being built in. Once those were gone, we secured the bench to the wall. Next, we applied the ship-lap which was SO easy. We’ve never used this kind before and will definitely be using again! We then added the 2 boards and attached those to the sides. Once everything was secured, we then caulked and painted using Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in Ultra White.

Here is the finished look! What do you think?! Best part is that I stayed UNDER budget by $20! Jake was excited and surprised. LOL

Removed the dog toys and NOW the cats hide in there! I need to buy some hard bins. LOL

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve done around the house?! Comment them below!