No, we do not live on a ship. But for the amount of shiplap we have in this house some people might think we do. What’s with the name? Shiplap literally came to be called that because it is ship worthy. It was used to make ships because the overlapping joints make it tight and waterproof. It was used frequently in harsh climates as a way to keep wind and water out of houses. That transitioned to using it indoors. Joanna Gaines, who made shiplap a popular interior feature in my opinion, says the dreamy wood boards turn a blank wall into a wall with soul. Well, if that is true, our house has soul.
Our shiplap installation is near completion. We have developed a pretty efficient system, via much practice, to get the shiplap with the nickel gap painted with quality and time efficiency. Advice from a fellow blogger said to paint with care because the visible gap between the boards needs to remain so. That blogger admonished to paint carefully so those gaps are not filled. We understand and have made it a team effort to roll and literally manage the gap by using an artist’s brush to ensure no buildup or puddling to create a truly clean finish. These are the rooms with trim complete:
In years past the quality of the shiplap construction was used and was then covered with cheesecloth and wallpaper. Not us, we plan to keep it as is. We consider this the perfect farmhouse feel and will keep it white. Following painting and trim installation we will be to the point very soon to refinish doors and transform this place into home.
Reminder of where we started: