Sharpie Shiplap Update

Happy hump day everyone! How has your week been so far? I spent the morning doing some gardening until it was just too hot. After so much rain and too many cold days for Summer, we are now reaching the mid 30's here in beautiful sunny Sydney. I see all my US friends enjoying that white fluffy winter snow and I envy you all.

Over the past few days I've been continuing the Sharpie Shiplap around the walls in my living/dining rooms. You may recall I originally did my Sharpie shiplap in September last year along just one wall. I wanted to live with it for a while to see if I liked it and if it did give the appearance of real shiplap. 

And the answer is yes and yes. Funny story, at Christmas we had some relatives over and they asked when I put the boards on the walls. I said they actually weren't boards. And my son said "But I'm sure I remember you putting them on". LOL. Nope, I never installed actual boards. That is how good Sharpie Shiplap looks! I definitely have no regrets with this project. 

Somewhere between September and Christmas I got the back wall and behind the sideboard done.

This week, I continued behind the TV and around the rest of the living room.  The method I use is very simple. I use a large level, position it the width of the lines from the adjoining wall, and draw on my lines. I don't pencil it first cause I don't need it. If the level is straight, your lines will also be straight. 

Another quick way of doing this is to just take off the photos, clocks and anything else on the wall as you go, trace your lines, then put them back up again. 

Remember my new clock. 😍 

This may also be an optical illusion, but for some reason it makes the walls look even whiter! I love me some white walls! 😁. And it screams Farmhouse style. 🙌🙌

Before taking the plunge with Sharpie Shiplap, I read so many people's pros and cons for this method and for applying real boards and honestly, I would go this way every time now. I've done a lot of board and baton in our house and it was time consuming, expensive and messy. If only I could turn back time. 😝

Here's a few before and afters ...

If you're feeling inspired to try this yourself, don't forget to pin for later ...

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  1. Oh, girl... I LOVE this. I have thought many times of doing the same in My Wee Abode. You've just sold me even more!

    1. Yes Julie, you should totally do it! Good luck! :)

  2. I had to look twice to realize how you created the look. Brilliant and it looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks so much! I just realised I haven't done the top edge of the wall. Whoops. Should take all of 10 minutes. Lol.

  3. I hope this doesn’t show up twice. :). But could you tell me which size sharpie you used? I guess it’s called the standard size or fine or ultra fine.
    Your house is so beautiful and you’ve inspired me to do this!! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Daniella, sorry for the late reply. I used a fine tip. Good luck. I'd love to see how yours turns out! :)


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