Hey guys! Today I’m sharing not 1 but 2 fireplace transformations! Last Friday my husband and I decided to add shiplap above our fireplace to go along with the shiplap wall in our dining room. I thought it would be a nice balance and create a theme throughout our house.
We also helped some new friends of ours the next day with their fireplace! It’s been a weekend full of shiplap! What could be better?!
Let’s start with our fireplace!
How did I do this you’re wondering? Easy peasy! You just have to have the right tools and tutorial. I learned how to do this from Jenna Sue’s shiplap tutorial. Which you can find on YouTube! Watch it and take notes!
I can honestly say this was much easier than doing an entire wall. I’m glad I did our dining room wall first because it made this feel like a breeze!
First things first! Pick out a border. Don’t want one? That’s fine! If you do you can go with something thick or something small. I chose to go with a smaller trim. I found this trim at Home Depot (which I’m sure you can find it anywhere) in the trim/wood flooring trim isle. I’m pretty sure it’s used for wood flooring trim but it was cheap and it’s the exact look I was going for!
To install our trim I aligned it with the brick at the bottom of the fireplace. It’s kind of tricky but you want to make sure you get it right! Standing back and having someone hold up the trim helps. It was easier for us because we traced our old trim before we took it down.
Once your trim is up you’ll need to measure in-between to get your shiplap cuts! We started putting plywood up at the top instead of the bottom because we didn’t want our last small piece to be smack dab at the ceiling plus our ceilings are crooked so it made it easier to get everything level.
We purchased our plywood at Lowe’s and they cut it for us for free! 5 inch strips. I explain all of this and what supplies you’ll need in my blog post: Shiplap Do’s & Don’ts.
Once you get that first board level it’s smooth sailing!… For most. For us it was! We leveled each board just to make sure nothing changed on us.
Making the cuts for the outlets slows you down but don’t get discouraged. As you can see here we have a huge gap above our fireplace. It was like that when we moved in. Don’t ask! We filled it with insulation and covered it right up!
The shiplap takes about 3 coats of paint. The plywood really absorbs the first coat.
Once the paint was dry I wasn’t very happy with the crack at the top and how uneven it looked so I decided to caulk it. Looks much better! You also want to caulk the bottom crack that connects to your mantel, the sides of the trim and the inside of the trim. Make sure you don’t get it in the shiplap cracks though! Less is more!
Now let’s checkout the second project we worked on over the weekend. Our friends Hillary and Chris wanted a new look for their fireplace! My husband and I love this stuff so we offered to help!
I think the best part was the mantel. It really made it pop! See any wires? My husband also added some outlets behind the tv to hide all the cords. So clean and updated. It was a lot of fun and turned out amazing!
Thanks for stopping by today! Feel free to leave any questions or comments!