A little shiplap never killed nobody… right?
This post is not a how-to, it is a tell all.
This past weekend Miguel and I tackled the shiplap project I have been wanting since watching my first episode of Fixer Upper. I found so many pins regarding DIY shiplap on Pinterest that made it seem so simple and easy, these bloggers really got a girls hope’s up because… that was not the case. This past weekend was filled with sweat, frustration, and lots of cider/wine. Only ONE person, named Erin got real about the struggle of what is DIY shiplap. You have to check out her HILARIOUS video. The video is about 9 minutes long but so worth it & hilarious if you want to do this project. I am so happy I watched it with Miguel like months before we did this because literally at hour 6 of this project I was just looking at Miguel like, “why am I even with you?!” I know that sounds terrible but geez guys, I just couldn’t stand his face anymore! When I was thinking this horrible thing I remembered that Erin says this exact thing in her video, at about the 4:30 mark in the video she says “you should go over your marriage vows or establish why you like each other” SO TRUE because hours into this project when you are covered in paint, sweat, and wood flakes you will look at each other and think, “why?”
Why are we doing this?
Why, all the things
We laugh about it now & our relationship is much better, but it is so real when you’re elbow deep in regret, I mean plywood & paint.
So, we went to Lowe’s to buy our plywood and all the other things needed for this project. We get home, start, everything is off to a great start & then the saw battery dies. So we drive and buy a new one. I’m upset so I obviously get a milkshake to treat myself (Chick-Fil-A shakes are the bomb.com btw) ??
We are back home and going to town on the plywood. I am in charge of painting the primer on the plywood & let’s be honest, I did a terrible job. I had no idea how bad I was at painting. I am a very crafty person and I pride myself on that fact but guys, do not ask me to paint anything because it will just look blotchy AF.
We are placing the planks on the wall & y’all they aren’t straight. At this point guys I have had it up to here (if you could see where I am raising my arm you would know it is very high, I’m on my tippy toes guys). So I tell Miguel that I did not just sand and paint all of these planks which are like my babies to scrap them and start over. That we have to at least nail one into the wall. Which is exactly what we did! We nailed one into the wall & called it a night. We had plans to go out that night but Miguel passed out on the floor watching the Texans game.
In the end, we decided to scrap the remaining planks anyway and are taking the one we did nail into the wall, down and starting completely over.
You live & learn guys.
Sidenote- I say “guys” a lot
Lessons learned from good ol’ DIY shiplap:
- Patience is so important, especially with the person you are doing this project with
- Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot for your cuts, prevent the major headache & frustration of doing it yourself when it is free or little to no cost
- Primer is a light coat, not the actual 100% full coverage
- Wear gloves when sanding, or you WILL have a major splinter in your finger/hand.
- It’s easy to give up when it isn’t going your way, stay persistent.
- Give yourself plenty of time for the project- it’s okay to give yourself a deadline but don’t sacrifice the quality of the project to meet it
Thanks for laughing along with our train wreck of a project so far, I would probably go insane if I wasn’t able to laugh at myself!
Do y’all have any DIY horror stories to share?