Friday, October 3, 2014

My Ship(lap) Has Come In


One of my favorite things in our house are the planked walls in the kids bathroom.




Unfortunately, the only time I spend looking at them is when I'm in there scrubbing the toilet. And, honestly, how much fun is that? None. At. All.

I needed some planks where I could actually appreciate them, and our side entry seemed like the perfect spot. We come and go from there all day long, and I can see it from the kitchen and the laundry room, which is were I spend most of my time. It's also where most visitors enter the house, so it's the first impression they get.





I was tired of the brown walls that we had chosen to hide dirty fingerprints. I was craving something lighter and brighter.





Enter the new planked walls...







I wanted wider planks than we used in the bathroom, so we used shiplap siding.






I painted the walls above the shiplap Sherwin Williams' "Comfort Gray," which is the same as my kitchen walls.






And, while I was lightening up the space, I got out my paint brush and put a little "duck egg" chalk paint on the bench.











I may do some more tweaking down the road. There are two boob lights I'd like to replace, and I want to add a bamboo shade to the window. I'm also trying to decide if I want to paint the console and mirror and possibly the doors. Decisions, decisions.






But, for now I'm just enjoying the planks and the light and airy feeling of this space.






I had to laugh the other day. My sister, who lives just a few minutes from the ocean, was telling me that her kids were teasing her for buying a blue and white striped rug for her family room. They thought it was too "beachy" for a non-beach house.

I told her not to listen to them. My entryway is totally coastal, and I live at least 12 hours away from the ocean.

Have a fabulous weekend!!


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16 comments:

  1. Wow- Wow- & Wow!!!! I can't believe the difference that made, Carolyn! It looks so much larger and I LOVE how bright it is now. That makes a GREAT first impression on anyone coming in that entrance. Great choices and job. Love the paint color, too- xo Diana

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    1. Awww… thanks, Diana! You are so sweet to me :)

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  2. love love love the walls and the new lighter paint color!! it looks awesome Carolyn!

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  3. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3! Yaye, it works!
    HeHeHe Now, I'll be able to chat away on your posts! :)

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  4. Your entry looks so pretty! Thinking of planking my laundry room. Just that little bit of Duck Egg Blue really sets off the whole area! Isn't it amazing how such a little change makes such a statement?!

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    1. Thank you, Genny!! I think you would love it in your laundry room :)

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  5. Love the shiplap. This is what we may do in our guest bath. Is shiplap pretty cheap?

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    1. Yes, Kim… the shiplap was inexpensive. If we were handy people, this would have been a really cheap project! But since we're not, I had to pay for labor :) It would look great in your guest bath!

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  6. silly question...where do you get shiplap? at home depot or lowes? just wondering. was thinking of doing DIY board and batten in our boys' room but now that i see this my mind is wandering :) looks fantastic by the way! awesome job!

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  7. I have the same question! Where did you get your shiplap. Was it already cut? It looks awesome.

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    1. The shiplap came from Lowe's. They are tongue and groove planks. Hope that helps!

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  8. I love the shiplap Carolyn! I just bought some to use on a ceiling in our mudroom and don't know if I'll be able to stop with just one room. Especially after seeing your walls!! Your entry looks so great!

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  9. What a difference! I absolutely love it! If I had my way, all my walls would be shiplap :)

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  10. I love your walls and I love shiplap too-thinking of doing the walls in my new bathroom!

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