It seems like in the last couple years ship lap has come back from the dead. Thanks to Joanna Gaines and the amazing show Fixer Upper, ship lap is here to stay! I have been dying to install it somewhere in my home for a while. I just haven’t been able to commit to any one area.
It recently hit me that my moms fireplace mantel was lacking a presence in her family room. It’s a beautiful, traditional fireplace, but it needed a facelift. I immediately knew what I wanted to do! J and I got to work. It took us just two days to install and paint and cost just under $20. This is a very inexpensive upgrade that makes a BIG impact!
Here are some before photos.
My little helper had to be in this photo. He wanted everyone to know he was there too!
We cut a 1×4′ and nailed into the wall above the mantel.
We cut a third 1×4′ to nail across the top to create a framed box. We then cut under-layment into 4″ strips. You can use whatever wood you’d like, this is just a cheap option that you can stain or paint.
(You can check out our antique door look a like here. We used under-layment in that project as well.)
We used a quarter to space each strip when we nailed them to the wall.
J reinstalled the crown molding across the top. Coping those little sides of molding are not fun folks! I thought it was going to be the death of J before it was all over.
Once we filled the nail holes with wood filler, I primed and painted!
I drilled holes and used anchors to hang the mirror.
After a little shopping for some new decor, here it is!
(Decor source list is posted at the bottom.)
The ladder on the left is an actual antique ladder. I saved it from an old barn on our church’s property. It works great for holding blankets, but I think it looks just as lovely all on its own!
The living room has come a long way over the years. It just keeps getting better and better. It is one of the coziest rooms in the house and fits our family perfectly!
Has anyone else installed ship lap lately? I’d love to hear about it!
All lumber- Home Depot
Fireplace screen: Target
Framed mirror: Target
Black, wooden candle sticks: Target
Pillar candles: Pottery Barn
Boxwood wreath: Target
Mini potted shrubs: Hobby Lobby
Vintage books: Goodwill
Black picture frames: Target
Wooden crate: Michaels (I painted and distressed it at home.)
Bark and straw balls (crate filler): Target
Wooden magazine tray: Pottery Barn
TV console: Pottery Barn
Lamp and shade: Wal-Mart
Coffee Table: Pottery Barn
Plaid throw: Target
Sea blue vase: Pottery Barn
Firewood Holder: Home Depot
Black framed photos: Ikea
Leather loveseats: Havertys