DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Add a bunch of farmhouse charm to any room in your house by adding a shiplap feature wall

DIY Shiplap Feature WallAfter looking at thousands of tutorials on Pinterest & gawking over Fixer Upper episodes with shiplap walls, I was feeling inspired and decided to jump on the shiplap bandwagon and add some shiplap to my dining room. With so many tutorials out there; I had trouble deciding on which to follow.

DIY Shiplap Walls

I decided to go with one of my favorite blogs to follow, Table & Hearth, I knew she wouldn’t let me down (no pressure).

The reason why I chose to go her route you ask??? Well I knew I couldn’t convince the Mr. to shiplap a whole room—after all, he refers to shiplap as horizontal paneling (I cringe every time he says that, don’t you?). So I eased him into thinking of only having a feature wall of shiplap. After he shot down shiplapping (yes, I use that is a verb) the whole room, we “compromised” on a feature wall.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

In Emily’s tutorial at Table & Hearth, she also did a feature wall & not the whole room. I loved how she trimmed the edges to give more of a finished look. If there is one thing the Mr. can get on board with, it’s trim. He loves trimming all our DIYs-the built in bookshelves in the living room, the planked ceiling on the porch, and now the shiplap in the dining room. I secretly think he just likes to impress me with his miter saw skills.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

 

Materials:

  • ¼ inch 4′ x 8′ underlayment plywood, ripped into 8” strips (we used these for the shiplap planks- we bought a total of 4 for our feature wall)
    8’ft fill-it strips (used as a finishing edge, we needed 6 total to frame in the shiplap)
  • Brad nail gun
  • Brad nails
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw (if you decide to rip your own shiplap planks)
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Triangle
  • Tape measure
  • Pen/pencil
  • 3 or 4 nickels
  • Bottle of wine 😉

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

I had been playing around with the idea of shiplapping our dining room for a while now. The big undertaking of this project for us was removing our picture frame molding. All four of our dining room walls had the picture frame molding, so if I wanted 1 wall of shiplap, I knew I would have to remove all four walls of picture frame molding for aesthetics.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

This was one messy & labor intensive job. We had to apply several layers of mud to patch the places we took the molding off the wall, and sand down the mud several times. But once we were done, we knew majority of the mess & hard work was behind us. So, on we went to the hardware store.

We chose the ¼ inch 4′ x 8′ underlayment board which runs for around $11 each. This board is super lightweight which allows it to be hung with brad nails. You can also use construction adhesive if you feel the planks need a little something extra.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

The Mr. & I would have opted to have the hardware store cut it for us, but their saw was temporarily broken. Thankfully, we have our own table saw an easily were able to cut it at home. This was probably more of a blessing in disguise. I originally wanted the planks to be 6” strips, (which would have been 7 cuts per 4′ x 8′ board). After getting home, I chose to go with a thicker plank on the wall, and had the Mr. cut the boards into 8” strips. Here’s another great reason to go with 8” strips over 6”—you don’t have to hang as many on the wall! We have crown molding & baseboard molding we left intact while installing, and only had to hang 11 rows of our “shiplap” planks. If we had gone the 6” route, we would have had roughly 14.5 rows of “shiplap” to hang.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

We started in the top left corner of the wall, we pushed the board up to butt against the bottom edge of the crown molding, and used a level to make sure the board was straight. When we got that board hung with the brad nails, we measured the remaining half of the wall for the length of the next plank and cut to fit

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

 

When we were ready to hang the second strip, we used nickels as spacers between the top row and the 2nd row we were working on, and continued to use the nickle spacer for all the other rows to follow.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Hanging the shiplap went super fast, next thing we knew, we had one row left of shiplap to hang, but first we had to use our skill saw and the multi tool to cut out around an outlet.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Next thing we knew, 11 rows of shiplap were hung, and we were ready to trim the feature wall out.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

We bought 8’ long pine fill-it strips for 97 cents apiece to frame in the shiplap accent wall. It is a plain, flat, ¼ inch thick strip of pine. I chose this type of board for the trim because it was super cheap and I didn’t want a thick piece because it might look weird sticking far off of the wall near the edges of the crown & base molding. The Mr. kept things fancy and used his miter saw to cut the corner edges of the fill-it strip at a 45-degree angle, no butt cuts for this Thrifty Diva please!

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Our wall is around 8′ tall, and 13′ wide, so we needed one fill-it strip for each vertical part of the frame, and roughly two fill-it strips for each of the horizontal parts of the frame. To join together the two horizontal pieces of fill-it strips, he used his miter saw to make a beveled cut to hide the seam between the two horizontal pieces.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Once the trim was framed around our faux shiplap, we were ready for paint. We brushed on the paint between the planks, so the paint wouldn’t gunk up in the seams, and then we rolled over the top of our brush strokes. It took two coats of primer and one coat of paint. I opted to use Olympic, Mountain Gray-it’s more of an off-white color that I already had it on hand.

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

Hanging the shiplap was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thankfully our walls were pretty square and didn’t take any MacGyvering to stay level. If you are thinking of shiplapping your walls, I recommend highly this project! The Mr. & I had a ton of fun together on this one, and we both love the outcome. If you’re looking for more home decor inspiration follow up on Pinterest!

DIY Shiplap Feature Wall

DIY Wide Planked Butcher Block Countertops

Ditch your old worn out laminate counters, and swap them out for some new DIY wide plank butcher block counters instead.

I was really wanting a to do a low cost makeover on my kitchen, and the countertops had to go. The Mr. won some big brownie points with this Thrifty Diva after suggesting we DIY wide plank butcher block countertops. Like every other DIY project of starts, the Mr. & I headed off to Home Depot to get the goods (the tools etc. are things we had on hand).

Thrifty DIvas DIY- Wide Plank CountertopsMaterials for wide planked counters

  • Select pine 1x8inch boards (in various lengths depending on your counter measurements) $200
  • Rounded edge pine trim $25
  • Brad nails
  • Kreg jig
  • Screws
  • Corner palm sander
  • Miter saw
  • Skill saw or jig saw
  • Stain $14
  • Polyurethane $10
  • Wood conditioner $11
  • Sand paper $10

If we had bought regular pine over pine select our costs would have been lower, however, choosing pine select boards would have less imperfections and would less likely be warped. You can find pine select in the “appearance board” section, they also sell poplar and oak in this section. Oak and poplar are harder woods than pine. If you’re worried about scratches you should go with a harder wood,  but proceed with caution because your costs could easily double. We don’t mind the extra character that pine brings, and it fits into my Thrifty Divas DIY budget.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Kitchen Makeover

Thrifty Diva measuring tip: when your buying your wood, you will want to have your measurements of your countertop, and decide if you want to butt cut the corners of the countertops that will touch, or if you want to miter them. We opted to go with the miter cut, so both corner edges come together on 45 degree.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Countertops

The rest is really easy from here y’all. Cut your boards per your measurements, and screw the boards together with a kreg jig. This is why it is important for the boards to be super straight and not warped or twisted. If the boards are warped it will not be as smooth of surface, and the butcher block will be unlevel board to board. Thankfully we didn’t have problems like this since we chose the pine select.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Countertops

When we were installing the countertops, the Mr. added in some extra support for the weight using scrap plywood. Sorry for the awful pics y’all, I snapped them while I could with my iphone.

I wish I could offer more advice on cutting out the sink. In the midst of building our new counter tops I surprised the Mr. with a new farmhouse sink… He was thrilled as you can imagine, I said a little prayer while he worked his magic and made some adjustments to the hole he had already cut.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Counters

I was then ready to sand away with 220 fine grit sandpaper. Remember to sand with the grain!  After that, you’re all set for install! I sanded the counters again after installing, and I made sure I used a stain-able wood filler on any gaps. I then sanded again to remove as much excess wood filler as possible because usually wood filler does not take stain the same as raw wood.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Once the countertops were in, we installed pine trim to beef up the look of the counter and to give a nice finished edge.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Counters

When we were all done sanding, we wiped down the counters well with a cheese clothe, and then used Minwax wood conditioner, and followed their instructions. We used Mixwax Special Walnut for the stain color, and once the stain was dried then applied 3 coats of Minwax polyurethane in semi-gloss.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

I love how inexpensive and how awesome looking these countertops turned out! It was definitely worth all the sanding!  Check out how I continued to farmhouse look with DIY backsplash here!

 

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Butcher Block Countertops

 

Click here to see how to the rest of my kitchen makeover. If you’re looking for more home decor inspiration follow up on Pinterest!

 

DIY Subway Tile Backsplash Made Easy

DIY 1 Day $150 Subway Tile Backsplash

DIY 1 Day $150 Subway Tile Backsplash

Thrifty Divas DIY-Subway Tile BacksplashMaterials needed for backsplash

  • Simple mat $50
  • Subway tile (we used 2 boxes for $22 each, & 6 pieces of bullnosed subway tile for the edges)
  • Grout $14
  • Dremel tool
  • Diamond blade bit $20
  • Safety glasses
  • Trowel for grout $10
  • Tile Snap

Thrifty Divas DIY- Subway Tile BacksplashY’all I’m not even going to lie about this. Tiling freaks me out. These were my first few thoughts that popped into my head as we dove face first into this DIY…

  1. Tiling is expensive
  2. If you mess up, it doesn’t seem like there is a quick and easy fix
  3. I’ve never done anything like this-OMG am I in over my head?!?

Well let me tell you… It’s no biggy. For real. We opted for subway tile because…

  1. It’s sort of a cheaper option.
  2. The Mr. and I both like it.
  3. It seemed like an easier option for DIY tiling rookies to install.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Subway Tile BacksplashHere  is a link to the subway tile we bought. We also used this awesome product called Simple Mat. And honestly, I think this is why tiling was so easy! I highly recommend this product or any similar products for tiling newbies. You use it in place of thin set.  Now compared to thin set, it is more expensive. For a 16 in by 30 ft roll, it set us back about $50. But there is no mess or extra work that comes with thin set. Simple Mat is a roll of glue you apply on the wall, and stick the tiles on.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Subway Tile Backsplash

I know what your thinking, I was skeptical too, but I’m telling you this stuff is legit! It was actually hard to remove any tiles that we placed on crooked.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Subway Tile Backsplash

The Mr. used his Dremel tool with a diamond bit blade to make any specialty cuts around our window and outlets, and used this $20 tile snap for any other cuts we needed.

Here’s some tips we learned along the way:

  1. We made sure the tiles didn’t sit directly on the counter and left 1/16th of an inch gap between the two.
  2. Subway tile has these nubs around the edges that allow for 1/16th of an in for grouting. If you want larger grout lines you will need spacers, but if you like small grout lines, you don’t have to worry about spacers.
  3. Subway tile pattern is different from brick pattern. Chances are no one will notice the difference, so if you want to go with the more simplistic route opt for brick pattern… I just so happen to be married to a perfectionist who says,  “if we’re installing subway tile, we’re going to use subway pattern” haha joke is on me for pointing that fact out.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Subway Tile Backsplash

Once the tile has been installed on the Simple Mat, it is time for grout! (If you had used thin set, your kitchen would be out of commission for a few more days and the money you saved buying thin set would be spent ordering pizza ha-ha aren’t you glad you bought Simple Mat instead?!). We used Polyblend grout in Oyster Grey. We mixed up the grout per the directions. We pushed the grout into the grout lines with the trow. Sometimes in the tricky places like around the outlets, I used the professional method of squishing it in with my finger. I had a little anxiety when I started to notice how messy this job was, but no worries, it all cleans up with a bucket of water and a big sponge!

Thrifty Divas DIY- Kitchen MakeoverWhen the grout has had time to dry you’re ready to seal the grout! Sealing grout on backsplash is an important step to remember since food easily splashes up on it.

Thrifty Divas DIY- Kitchen MakeoverAnd that’s it! You’re done! And chances are your kitchen looks awesome! Now don’t you feel like a pro DIYer??!! I love how my subway tile turned out, and I’m so happy I got over my tiling fears! If you’re looking for more home decor inspiration follow up on Pinterest!

Budget Kitchen Renovation

Transform your kitchen with a DIY thrifty budget makeover!

When we were house hunting, I wanted a kitchen that I could tear apart & make it my style without feeling guilty. This house had that kitchen, here is the MLS pic of the kitchen & how it looked the day we moved in a few years ago.

after

Here is the before and after from the other direction…
Thrifty Divas DIY-Before & After Kitchen Makeover

Shortly after we moved in, we got a great deal on new appliances, and gave the kitchen cabinets a coat of white paint, and painted the walls Ashen by Olympic.

But this is the story of how one $80 online purchase turned into a  mini kitchen renovation. One day I was scrolling through the Amazon list of products they suggest I would like, (don’t you feel like they know you so well) when I stumbled upon a contact paper that advertised they could transform old ugly and outdated kitchen counters like mine for only $80 so how could things go wrong?

I thought the contact paper would be a cheap and easy way to update my countertops so I ordered some, and two days later it was delivered right to my front door…Well, the marble color was way too modern for my colonial-farmhouse. I was so sad because I wanted to love it so badly! Thankfully I was able to return it no problem!

Thrifty Divas DIY- Wide Plank Countertops

Thrifty Divas DIY-Wide Plank CountersThe Mr. knew how bummed out I was, so he suggested we DIY some wide planked wood counters—he will give any excuse to use his Kreg Jig y’all. Click here for the DIY tutorial on How to Make Wide Planked Butcher Block Countertops.

 

Thrifty Divas DIY-Subway Tile Backsplash

Thrifty Divas DIY-Subway Tile DIY

Budget Kitchen MakeoversAnd then the story goes, if you give a girl new kitchen countertops…she’s going to want new backsplash. Click here for the tutorial on how to DIY Subway Tile Backsplash Made Easy.

 

Thrifty Divas DIY-Shiplap Cabinets

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Shiplap Kitchen CabinetsAnd while we were at it, we also decided to shiplap our kitchen cabinet peninsula. I followed the same instructions I used in my dining room. Click here for the DIY Shiplap Feature Wall Tutorial.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for more home decor inspiration follow up on Pinterest!

Budget Kitchen Makeovers

Budget Kitchen Makeovers

Budget Kitchen Makeovers

Over 30 items you can spray paint in your home

30+ Spray Paint Household Ideas That Will Save You A Ton Of Money Decorating

Between my sister and me we have discovered there are over 30 things you can spray paint!

Spray paint is so budget friendly, trust us we spray everything in our homes! There are so many things in my house I have spray painted. I usually use Rustoleum or the Valspar brand; I find paying a little more for spray paint is worth it, because it is less likely to run and go on evenly. For all these items I have only used colored spray paint. I have not used a primer or a clear coat, and they have all held up for 2-3 years thus far. All together I have probably saved over $3,000 spray painting all of these items. Continue reading “Over 30 items you can spray paint in your home”

Bookshelf Styling Tips

Hello, thrifty chicks, today I want to share with you my bookshelf styling tips. After reading this you will know how to style built in shelves like a pro- but of course, a professional would pay hundreds of dollars doing so. I am proud to say I decorated 17 shelves only spending $80!!! How did I do this, you ask? Continue reading to find out how…. Continue reading “Bookshelf Styling Tips”

Choosing a Pallet

There are tons of great ideas out there on how to use pallets, but first read these helpful tips before you begin your next pallet project!

We recommend you follow these helpful tips for choosing a pallet correctly.

*Tip 1-Where to start your search: some warehouses and stores will let you take their pallets for free, just be sure you ask first or look online on sites such as, Craigslist and Facebook buy and sell groups!
My hubby can get pallets from his work if it has one or two broken boards and is no longer usable. Since we were disassembling the pallets for our project, it didn’t matter if the pallet was missing a board or two.

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