Progress on the mudroom and laundry room is well underway! The shiplap and trim are finished and I’m loving the way the room is headed.
As far as installing shiplap goes, this isn’t our first go around. Adam and I added the same wall treatment to the kitchen and dining room back at the previous house, way back when before all planking was dubbed “shiplap”. For that room we did a very budget friendly faux version out of strips of cheap plywood.
We installed the plywood planks right over the drywall, brad nailing everything in as we went.
As you can see the results were pretty darn wonderful, and the cost was only about $100.
Then we used the same method in our older boys room to do some vertical planks 3/4 up the wall.
Here are links to those projects for those that want to read more –
- How to Plank a Wall (the budget-friendly way!)
- Painted Plank Walls (and my whitewashing fail)
- Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal – A complete overhaul for under $4,000
- Planking, Round Two – Going Vertical
- Cowboy Bedroom Reveal
I loved those walls, so when we designed the new house I knew that planking was going to be a big part of it. This time though (since we were upgrading from starter house to dream house) we decided to spring for the real thing.
So this is 1 x 8 pine shiplap –
The entire mudroom and laundry room are getting covered, you can see the layout of that area below.
The process of installing shiplap over drywall is pretty much the same as the faux planks, you simply attach it to the wall using a nail gun. The only difference is the real thing is heavy, so finding the studs and marking them first is a must.
There are a few catches though, the first being that you will have to extend the outlets to be flush with the new wall depth (tutorial here). Also, the frames around your doorways will be pretty thick, and you will also have to trim the windows (tutorial here).
So here was the laundry room earlier this month…
and here it is now!
(There are a few small pieces that still need to be cut…I tripped over the jigsaw and broke it a few days ago, so we’ll have to buy a new one to finish up.)
All the shiplap is going to be white, so if anyone is wondering how I’ll be spending my “me” time after all the boys go to bed each night, it will be here…with a tub of patch, tube of caulk, and music that better suited for a club than a farmhouse.
The good news is that after all the torturous patching and painting are finished, the brick flooring is next on the list! I ordered four different color samples from Home Depot (they aren’t carried in store), from left to right we have Little Cotton, Dixie Clay, Promontory, and Castle Gate.
Adam and I immediately eliminated the two samples on the left, the first was too bland and grey, and the second was very orange. The third one (Promontory) I really like, although I agree with Adam that it reads a little purple. The red one on the right is likely the winner, even though I would never pick it from this sample. I know from my research that it has a ton of color variation, but they happened to send me three red ones. Admittedly I’m kinda annoyed by that…if I’m paying for a sample then I want an actual sample, three red ones doesn’t help me. Anyway, here it is on the Home Depot website –
Luckily a friend is installing this exact color in their house next week, so I get to check it out over there before making the final decision. Anyway, that’s what has been going on around here for the last couple of weeks… I hope everyone has a great weekend!