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We all know what shiplap is thanks to the iconic stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines, whom we would happily claim as personal friends.
In the years following the highly successful TV series, shiplap has become a common household word. DIYers alike have flooded the internet with a variety of tutorials and how to videos to share how even the beginning DIYer can install shiplap (whether it’s the real deal or a faux shiplap) in their own home.
Likewise it seams appropriate to install shiplap almost anywhere. Most commonly seen on walls, you’ll also see it installed on kitchen islands, vent hoods, fireplaces, even ceilings.
Although shiplap still continues to be one of the most popular decor trends around, it will likely go out of style at some point. However, if you’re like me, I don’t just see it as some farmhouse trend. I’ve always been drawn to the extra details of a home that can really give it a custom look and feel.
Our home is constructed with a craftsman style which is commonly known for details in the wood work. I’m also drawn to the timeless coastal cottage look which equally utilizes the use of detailed wood work. It’s in this style that you’ll frequently see some sort of wood work which is now associated with the term shiplap.
Thus, I felt confident incorporating shiplap into our home design long term, not just as the latest decor trend.
Although it’s unlikely for most of us to unearth true shiplap behind existing wall coverings in our home, you can buy it at your local home improvement store.
It may surprise you that the origins of shiplap have nothing to do with interior design. So why is it available at the local hardware store and why is it called shiplap?
The coined term shiplap comes from the construction that uses overlapping wood planks to create a watertight seal of a ship.
Use in home construction originated in harsh climates as a way of keeping wind and water out of houses, due to the overlapping joint between the boards. It was also often installed on the exteriors of buildings.
Eventually, shiplap found its way indoors. It was placed over top of a house’s framing to create a smooth backing for wallpaper and other interior wall coverings. Originally it wasn’t meant to be seen.
It wasn’t until Chip and Jo utilized the exposed shiplap during a renovation to save on costs that the design trend took off.
Faux shiplap on the other hand is created in a variety of ways by DIYers. Using tongue and groove, v-groove, long pine boards, strips of MDF or plywood, down to a sharpie marker by drawing the lines of a wood plank on a wall surface.
It really comes down to the choice of material and method. Faux shiplap is really more about creating the look of shiplap without using actual shiplap boards.
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