Thursday, July 20, 2017

DIY Framed Shiplap Tutorial

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I've been toying around with some ideas of what to do with our wall around our fireplace...and well, our fireplace. The tile around it is horrible; I just threw up some scrap wood pieces to hide it a few years ago. It's definitely not a permanent fix. The problem is what to do with the mantel and the whole wall above and around it. If I had a single story living room, I would have figured this out years ago. But, with our 20 foot ceiling, it makes things daunting for some reason.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
Before we moved in.

So, that was the back story. I've thought a bit about wrapping this thing with stacked stone or planks/shiplap. I decided that shiplap would be the cheapest and easiest. But, I didn't want to commit until I got a good idea of what it may look like. So, I made some framed shiplap to sit above my mantel for awhile to get a good idea how I would like it :) It's great, because I get the shiplap look without the commitment. 
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas

This project is also just a great way to add some character and texture. To make this, I decided to mimic the shiplap/planks in our dining room and use cedar planks. I cut the planks to be 10" shorter than my mantel, and a little below the same height as the shelves flanking the fireplace. I ended up using 9 cedar planks. 

For the first step, I cut them all to the same size and stacked them up.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 I then painted the planks with one really thick coat of white paint.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 After they were dried, I flipped them over, and placed them on top of two 1x3 pieces of wood. Doing this helped with adding the framing in the next few steps.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 I then measured the two sides and cut a 1x2 that length.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 At this point, you would want to paint the 1x2 or stain it. I decided to keep it natural since it matched my mantel. I may end up painting it white just to see what it looks like :)

Next, I secured the 1x2 to the side use 1" nails and a nail gun.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 I then secured the other side.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 I then measured the the bottom and top, and cut 1x2s to fit.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 Once again securing them with the nail gun.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantle ideas
 And here's the finished piece. To hang this, I just placed a screw right through one of the planks into the wall.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas
 Even if I decide to not plank my surround on the fireplace, I still love this look for now. It gives me the shiplap in here that I want, and completely brightens up the space.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas
 I also love how the color of the trim ties into the mantel and the wood on the side.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas
 Now, if I ever get around to doing it, I'll be adding some board and batten the height of the mantel over on the wall by the mirrors. What do you think? Do you think it will be too busy? I'm just not sure yet!
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas
 Here's the whole living room. I like how it tied everything together. Plus, from far away like this, it gives me a good idea of what this fireplace wall would look like all white...let it be stack stone or shiplap.
DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas

What do you think I should do with the fireplace and the wall around it? I'm up for ideas! I'm been stuck on this for years :)

DIY framed shiplap tutorial. Perfect idea for putting up shiplap without the commitment. DIY shiplap fireplace and mantel ideas

3 comments:

  1. i think this is gorgeous just like it is xx

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  2. I love the way it ties it all in together. And love what you did to the fireplace! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. You did a great job! Love how you have nooks on either side and how you filled them. We have a crazy talk ceiling in our room as well... makes the rest of it such a challenge. I'd like to ditch our tile surround at some point...but not until I have a new plan.

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