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DIY How to Install Shiplap Feature Wall | Home Hardware

A little bit about the space… 

This is our giant living room wall. Since the day we moved into our first home, this wall has always had me thinking… “feature wall”. It’s long, lacks character, and is a difficult wall to turn into a gallery wall because it’s just so big. We kind of just kept it blank, pondering over what to do…
Until now of course! Drummm roollllll…. We created a shiplap wall! This idea was a seed that had been planted in the back of my mind about 4 years ago, and finally, it happened. We are very excited to share how we went about and created it. It was our first time ever attempting a shiplap wall, and I think we did a pretty good job. Shiplap is just one of those magical things you can easily add to your home, transforming any wall, big or small. It adds so much charm. 

Research… 

Before we started anything, we did our research. Finding ideas on, of course, Pinterest, laying out the mood boards in our minds, and talking to together on how we envisioned the wall. Once we agreed on the idea of how it would look, we started to research materials and cost at Home Hardware while working on a budget.


For any shiplap wall we totally recommend researching before staring. Make sure you have a game plan for what will work for your home. Everyone likes to install shiplap a little differently as we found on our research journey. A little piece of advice, if your project comes across a few bumps in the road, don’t get discouraged. Make it fun and go back to the drawing board. For us, we found a really great way to make all of this happen at our local Home Hardware. They had everything we needed for the project, and it always makes it easier when you find a place that is a one stop shop for all your project needs. 

Tools & Materials…. 

*Makita Compressor Nail Gun
*Spacers – a nickel could even work!
*MDF Metrie Boards
*Makita Saw
*Beauti-Tone Paint – Here Comes The Bride
*Caulking


We found 1/2inch white primed Metrie Baseboards for our wall and used spacers (nickels) to lay out the sections while pre-nailing pieces up. You’ll see in the photo below the tiny black spots in between each board. 

Wall Process | The How To… 

  • Work on a clean slate. Make sure the wall is washed down and rid of any dust wall bunnies. Making sure the wall is painted the same colour that you’ll be painting your shiplap is also another handy idea. This way you’re not having to paint the wall through cracks. 
  • Remove any baseboards and trim you might have. 
  • Pre-cut the boards to the length of the wall, depending on whether you decide to do yours vertically or horizontally. We pre-cut all our pieces and then laid them out and organized them. 
  • Once we had the correct number of boards we needed to cover the wall, we placed them up on the wall and added in our spacers to keep them from falling down. They stayed like this until we had the wall covered, measured properly, and positioned straight. 
  • Next part, nailing them in!
  • Caulking and filling in over each nail hole. 
  • Next, we painted the primed shiplap with Beauti-Tone paint. We used the same white paint we use on all of our walls, “Here Comes The Bride”. Priming the boards makes a world of a difference, it was less work for us when painting to have it already primed. 
  • Once the paint was dry after sitting for 24 hours, we replaced all of our trim and the baseboards went back up. 
  • When all Drew’s hard work was finished, I got to work on my favourite part – decorating!!! 

Voila…. 

And done. I’m so happy with how it turned out. It was fun to find this idea and go with it. The size of your wall will help you decide on whether you want the shiplap laying horizontal or vertical.
After reading some design websites I had a lightbulb idea. Our living room wall already looked and felt long, so going with the traditional horizontal shiplap would have made the wall feel even longer. Going vertical is something new. It’s a little more unique and it makes the room feel the size that it is. It makes the wall appear taller and gives it a cozy feel, which is exactly how I want our home to feel coming into this new fresh Fall season! 

Have you installed shiplap in your home before? I would love to hear more about it down below in the comments! 

{Disclosure this post was a sponsored post as part of a collaboration program, however all opinions are my own}

Keisha Lynne, xx

Painting Your Current Vanity & Ways To Help Freshen Your Bathroom | Home Hardware Kitchen & Bath Sale

I think it’s a safe bet that there’s at least one of us out there that’s eyeing up our home and dreaming all the big things for these rooms. But in order to do some of these things it takes money and a lot of work to do them. I’m here to tell you that sometimes little changes can make a big difference. All you need is some really awesome Beauti-Tone paint from Home Hardware and some small fixtures to freshen up any room in your home.  

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Our Entry Room Makeover | Before & After

It’s finished!! Feels like it’s been taking some time, but once you see how much we had to do you will understand why. Everything that was here when we moved in was original. We loved that we could learn and change some things to personalize our home a little more for ourselves.

Drew had SO much help from one of his friends, taking apart the floor and installing new floors. Once they finished all that hard work. We decided to give the walls a fresh new coat of paint. Along with a new railing and furniture to give this little space new life. We have never done floors before. So Drew learnt a lot during this process. Excited to try and tackle others in the home now!

Turned out just the way I wanted it to. Loving every bit of it. The after part that is! Take a peek below…

Before

Installing New Floors

After

A big thank you to the help from

Wayfair Canada

General Paint

Keisha Lynne, xx

Our New Modern Design Kitchen Sink + BLANCO Canada

Our kitchen sink was in need of an update. To the wandering eye you probably wouldn’t think so, but as a busy family, the more and more we used our sad little faucet we knew it was time to freshen it up just a bit. We turned to a very trusted brand that I had the pleasure of meeting back in September at Blog Podium, BLANCO Canada.

It was literally love at first sight for me. The design, colours, looks and not to forget the quality and craftsmanship just exceeds expectations. I love the dark look and sleek feel in our already darker kitchen. Which in the future if we decide to upgrade to a brighter and fresher area the sink will be very versatile and be long lasting with the flow with a newly updated kitchen. Future goals! Don’t tell Drew;)

Our proviso sink and faucet were built in by the previous owners of our townhouse, so we’re not really sure how old it was or the brand they had used. Drew did this little/big project all on his own with no previous experience at all. I’m actually so impressed with how quick it was to change up and install. All of the pieces were in tact, measurements were perfect and everything literally just fell into place for us.

We went with the ALTA Dual Finish faucet in Chrome and Cinder. Pulls out to a very nice length with two different spray features. All very powerful! For the sink we went with a very elegant VISION Dual Sink in Cinder as well. It’s a very easy sink to clean and any left-over residue hides nicely within the colour even if you might have totally forgotten to clean it up!

SINK FACTS

  • Made out of composite materials

– Does not discolour

– Heat, scratch, stain and chip resistant

  • Sinks are engineered in Germany and manufactured in Toronto Canada

– Very hygienic and safe to use with food

-Lifetime warranty

-Offers a design centre that helps you personally find the best suited sink for your kitchen

All in all, we are blown away with BLANCO Canada and it’s awesome look, customer service and easy installations. This one made the books in “Drew’s Proud Home Reno’s” so trust me, anyone can figure this baby out and love it!

If you have any questions regarding our BLANCO Canada sink and faucet please feel free to ask! Happy sink shopping!

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Installation Process

After

 

Keisha Lynne, xx

Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | Before & After

This home project feels like it’s been taking us forever, in reality it really hasn’t. But because it was on our “list to do” since finishing our bedroom it feels over due. Either way with our hectic schedules we managed to do a little something just to freshen it up a little bit and have it flow nicely with our master bedroom. Our hearts are longing to re-do the floors and vanity but with our rookie moves we’ll slowly start to learn the process there and eventually change those up to….

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