DIY Shiplap Project

DIY Shiplap Project

When Jeff and I moved into our home back in 2015, we knew there were some changes we wanted to make over time.  The trouble for me, is that it takes me a long time to commit to a design decision, because I find that I am attracted to so many different styles and aesthetics.  I have loved the bohemian trend, mid-mod inspired decor, high-contrast details, and of course, the ever-popular modern farmhouse look made so trendy by my fav TV couple – Chip & Joanna Gaines.

As a result, it has taken a while for me to settle on the cohesive look I want to achieve throughout my home, but little by little, decisions are being made and changes are taking place.  Changes that are leaving me so happy with the results that I’ve wondered why I didn’t make the decision years ago!

This summer, we plan to do a lot of updates throughout the house, as we have suddenly found ourselves with more down time than we know what to do with!  So, if you’re interested in following our process, and maybe learning a little from our triumphs – and mistakes – feel free to check out my series of home DIY’s over the next few months!

Today’s post is dedicated to our most recent project – installing DIY shiplap in our living room.  I have wanted to tackle DIY shiplap for about a year now, but just couldn’t decide where to start.  It wasn’t until a good friend of mine installed DIY shiplap in her master bedroom that I finally got up enough courage to really consider doing it ourselves. I was debating between our master bedroom and our living room, and finally settled on our living room, as I felt it would pack the most punch and be a relatively easy way to experiment with DIY shiplap.

The reason I felt our living room would be an easy place to start is because the main wall is actually broken into three sections, and I didn’t want the hassle of trying to line up board lengths along a continuous wall the first time we attempted shiplap. Our living room had been painted a medium-grey tone, and although I do love grey, I wanted to lighten up the space with white shiplap walls, and also add some character and dimension to the space.

Here is a snapshot of our living room before the renovation:

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As you can see, there were also built-in-bookshelves in the one corner of the room, which – while functional – added to the overall dark feeling of the room.  So, our first step was to remove the bookshelves and see what we were dealing with behind.  I was so pleased to see how much space we gained by removing the built-ins.


The next step was to measure the walls that we wanted to shiplap, both the width and the height, so we knew how much material to purchase.  Once we had those measurements, we headed off to a Home Depot in Saskatoon to find what we needed.  We ended up purchasing five 8 ft x 4 ft sheets of 3/8 thick pre-sanded plywood.  It was a bit more expensive to purchase the sanded sheets ($44.20/sheet) compared to around $32 for un-sanded, however, for us the extra cost was worth avoiding the added time and labor to sand ourselves.


We then had Home Depot cut the plywood into 6 inch wide lengths for us.  We paid a total of $8 for all of the sheets to be cut, which again, was definitely worth the expense as opposed to having to cut the boards ourselves.  Because our walls were different lengths, we first had them cut the whole board down to the correct length, and then had the individual 6 inch wide boards cut.


Other materials we purchased included:

  • Nails for the air-nailer (we were able to borrow an air-nailer, but you could rent one as well)
  • Sherwin Williams Alabaster White Paint & Primer in One

I had been agonizing over which white to select- which I know my husband thought was ridiculous since to him, they are all just white.  But I’m so glad we ended up going with the Alabaster White!  It’s the perfect warm white, without looking yellow.  One gallon canister was enough for the shiplap portion of our project, but we did purchase a second canister to complete two additional walls in our living room for a more cohesive effect.


Once we had all of our supplies home, I really can’t express how easy this project was! Because all of the boards had been pre-cut to the exact measurements of the walls, all we really had to do was line the correct board lengths up with each wall and nail them in place.

In order to ensure that our nail holes lined up, we broke the wall down into equal parts, and drew vertical lines on the wall itself to serve as our guideline.  At this point I was still undecided about whether or not I wanted to fill the nail holes, or leave them for a more rustic look – so it was important to me that the nail holes were placed somewhat consistently.


We started at the top of the wall as opposed to the bottom, in case there were any issues that needed resolving; people are more likely to look up than down at the floor.  We also needed to figure out how to properly space the boards.  A friend recommended we use nickels (a Canadian 5cent coin) and it worked perfectly!


The only other factor to consider was that our walls were grey, not white, and we wanted to make sure the space between each board was white as well.  So, instead of painting the entire wall and then covering the majority of it with plywood, we just used a hand-held paintbrush to paint the spaces between each board as we went along.


The process of installing each board was really simple, and Jeff and I were able to do it ourselves in an evening.  We did need to trim down the odd board to account for imperfect walls, but the fixes were minor and easy to achieve with a basic jigsaw.

We also had the added challenge in our space of needing to trim the stones shown below, as they were pressed right up against the wall, and we needed to be able to slide our shiplap boards in behind.  Luckily it was a really quick and easy job using a reciprocating saw with a masonry blade.  It was a pretty messy job, but it worked really well!


Once all of the shiplap boards had been placed, our next task was to paint the boards using the Sherwin Williams Alabaster White Paint & Primer in One.  We chose to roll the first coat, and then for added texture, we hand-painted the second coat.  I also decided to leave the nail holes exposed.  I really like the more rustic look for now, and I figure if I get tired of the look, filling the holes for a more polished look will be an easy fix down the road.


The entire project cost us about $300 CND, which was excellent bang for our buck, as I’m so happy with how the room looks now.  As I mentioned earlier, we also ended up painting the two adjacent walls the same Alabaster White, and the whole space is so much more open and airy now.  It was a great first attempt at DIY shiplap, and I’m already excited about where we might try installing it next!


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Please feel free to ask any questions regarding our process!  We gathered tips and advice from others and the internet before embarking on the project ourselves, and there are literally hundreds of step-by-step DIY’s you can follow if this isn’t quite the look you’re going for!  I’m also still working on all the finishing touches of this room – would love to hear your feedback!

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Mother’s Day Blooms

Mother’s Day Blooms


With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I could do for my own mom to celebrate all she has done for me. Truthfully, I don’t think there will ever be anything I can do or say – and certainly not buy – that would ever truly convey how grateful I am to have a mom like mine. And yet, every year, we try our best to spoil our moms in some special way – to let them know that we know just how blessed we are to have them.

Now, being a mom myself, with kiddos who are finally old enough to understand the meaning of the holiday, it’s fun to watch them plan and “whisper” to one another (and to their dad) all of the things they want to do to spoil me this weekend. Some of their ideas are pretty inventive 😉 But at the end of the day, the fact that they are even thinking about it is all the gift this mama needs.

However, that being said, I wanted to take some time to chat about an awesome experience I had this last weekend, which I think would make an absolutely wonderful Mother’s Day activity if you’re in need of a quick idea, or something to tuck away for next year.

This last weekend, I had the privilege of working with local Saskatoon florist, Joanne Morris, owner of Twig and Bloom. I first found Twig and Bloom through Instagram, after seeing a gorgeous flower crown on a friend’s feed, and following the links to Joanne. Her creations are so stunning, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in awe over her ability to arrange the flowers and greenery so artfully. Not having any sort of a green thumb myself, frankly, I’m always amazed by anyone who is good with plants and flowers.

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So, I was really thrilled to receive a private workshop from Joanne, learning all kinds of neat tips and tricks in the art of flower arranging. I also had an absolutely lovely time getting to know Joanne, and more about her business, Twig and Bloom.

Twig and Bloom launched as a business in December 2016, and Joanne shared with me that she had always loved arranging flowers as a hobby. In fact, many of her friends and co-workers would ask her to arrange flowers for events, such as weddings, and she also did the flower arrangements every year for the dance recitals at the studio where she is also a choreographer.   This love for all things pretty inspired her to establish Twig and Bloom. Joanne told me she “jumped in with both feet” once she made the decision to start her business, and within four months of launching, business really started to boom. She told me she continues to be surprised when people tell her they have heard of Twig & Bloom, and is grateful for the success of her social media accounts, and grassroots advertising.  Personally, I’m not surprised, since her arrangements are so gorgeous!

I was so impressed with Joanne as a person, and her ambition, but also with how she led our workshop.   When I arrived, everything was arranged so beautifully, with aprons and rose-gold-handled scissors for each of us, along with a gorgeous array of flowers and greenery in a neutral palette.

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As we began, she walked me through her process of choosing a colour palette for each arrangement, and she explained to me that she only uses what she loves in the arrangements that she makes, and works hard to stay true to her aesthetic and brand – which is actually what inspired the name of her company! “Twig” is meant to convey simplicity, while “Bloom” speaks to her love of all things pretty. She also explained that, having taken Interior Décor courses, she applies many of the same principles when choosing flowers, considering elements such as texture, how the flower drapes or stands, it’s shape, it’s colour, etc. She is certainly an expert at this, and I was so impressed with the gorgeous array of blooms she selected for our workshop. I was also thrilled with the neutral colour palette she chose, and had a great time learning the names of the different flowers, and also many of her clever tricks for both arranging and maintaining floral creations.

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I won’t give away all her secrets, but I really appreciated her step-by-step guidance as I worked on my arrangement – and also her encouragement to allow myself to be creative with my own arrangement as well! At the end of the workshop, I was truly shocked at what I had managed to create! Not only did I have a gorgeous flower arrangement to give my own mom for Mother’s Day (because flowers are an absolute must on Mother’s Day), but I’m also really excited about everything I learned, and I plan to give flower arranging another try on my own (or maybe with my mom!)

Truthfully, I found myself wishing that I had brought my mom with me, as I think the private workshop would have made for such a fun Mother’s Day experience – one I’ll definitely be looking into sharing with my mom and sisters next year! What are YOUR plans for spoiling your mom for Mother’s Day?


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I love supporting local businesses, and I also really enjoyed my time with Joanne. I love that she is an entrepreneur and is doing what she loves as a career! I am sure her husband and two boys are super proud of her success, and I couldn’t be more grateful for her generosity and the lovely workshop experience!  

If you’re in the Saskatoon area this week, and are looking for a gorgeous arrangement for your mom, you can check out Twig and Bloom at the Center Mall on May 11th and 12th, and if you’re interested in participating in a workshop of your own, consider registering for the upcoming Garden Workshop (June 16th) at

Twig and Bloom is also available for a range of events, such as weddings and galas, and can be found online through both the website and on Instagram.  All the best Twig & Bloom! 

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Christmas DIY Projects

Christmas DIY Projects

I love a good DIY project.  In fact I almost always have something on the go, and some idea in the back of my mind that I’d like to see happen in my home.  A couple of months ago, I was daydreaming out loud, telling Jeff all the things I’d like to do in our house this year.  He looked at me, slightly dismayed and asked, “Will there ever be a time when we aren’t working on a project?”  My response:  “No, no there will not.”  Lol.

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