How do I install shiplap on a wall with an outlet?
I want to shiplap my entry wall about 3/4 the way up with a picture ledge and coat hooks. I’ve wanted to do this for 2 years now. Looking at different products, pictures, drawing it out, running it over in my head again and again. The 2 things that keep scaring me are the baseboards and the one outlet on the wall. I’m terrified to attempted to pull out the baseboards fearing I’ll mess something up but I’m not sure about the look of starting on top of them. The wall outlet! Going around it is not my concern it’s getting the outlet back out flush with the newly installed shiplap. Any tips, confidence boosters, anything you’ve got from your own experiences are greatly appreciated.
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Hi Christy! You can use a thin material and you just might be able to leave the baseboard in place and get the outlet flush. That’s what we did here: https://www.frugalfamilytimes.com/2018/05/how-to-make-vertical-shiplap-paneling.html
The outlet wouldn't be a problem.
Taking off the baseboard isn't that hard. Use something thin to begin prying it out from the wall like a wide knife. https://www.amazon.com/Shappy-Pieces-Scrapers-Taping-Drywall/dp/B074NWWKL8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1547566137&sr=8-6&keywords=joint+compound+knife After you've pried it out a little switch to a crow bar with a small board against the wall. The baseboard on the wall by the door would have to be shortened to line up with the new depth of the shiplapped wall but that would be just a straight cut next to the door. Can't see the other end.
I'm going to throw in my two cents worth. Don't shiplap. You have a beautiful house with great architectural features. Shiplap will be totally out of place. It's the current fad, but it will not be an enduring design choice. If you are really in love with it, then go for it, it's your house. A more architecturally appropriate choice would be bead board or board and batten wainscoting. They are both elegant and timeless and no more difficult to install than shiplap. Let's address your other concerns:
No problem. There is another issue will you will have to deal with. Your door casings will not be wide enough if you either remove the baseboard, apply the wall material (whatever you decide to go with), and then re-install the baseboard, or add something over the baseboard. Right now, your baseboard dies into your door casings. They are the same thickness and maybe your door casings are little thicker than the baseboard. The shoe molding on the baseboard adds to the thickness, but it is barely noticeable. If you make the baseboard thicker then the door casing, it will look very odd. You can either cut what is called a return and glue it to the end of the baseboard to give it a finished edge, you could sand the end of the baseboard at an angle to meet the door casing, or you could add a plinth block to the casing so it will be wider than the baseboard. Adding the plinth block is the easiest of those and will look nice.
How about painting shiplap? Paint the wall, measure off vertical width, use pencil to draw lines that mimic shiplap. When you're tired of it, all you have to do is repaint.