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Channel Your Inner Joanna and Shiplap Your Home

If you’re a fan of the favorite HGTV home improvement show Fixer Upper, you probably already know some of the critical components of hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse style: lots of gray, butcher block counters, exposed wood beams, and of course, shiplap. If you’re considering redecorating your North Dallas home in the Gaines’ style, shiplap is a must do for your modern farmhouse.

What is shiplap? Shiplap is rough-sawn or milled, thin pine boards installed horizontally or vertically with a distinctive gap between each board. Before becoming a must-have for inside the home, shiplap was typically used outdoors for constructing barns, sheds, and other outbuildings. Chip and Joanna made shiplap popular for the modern day by using it in the interior of the home in kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas.

Traditional shiplap has a groove at the top and bottom of each board called a rabbet. This groove allows the boards to “lap” over one another and fit together tightly to seal out water and wind (an important factor when using shiplap outside). When the boards are installed together, the groove causes a small space to appear.

Most shiplap today does not have the traditional groove on each piece, which is fine because it is not installed on the outside of the home to protect against the elements. Instead, modern shiplap is installed with a space in between each board.

Where can shiplap be installed? Joanna Gaines has shown viewers that shiplap can be installed anywhere (even in a shower!), but many people in North Dallas are installing shiplap on walls and ceilings of their kitchens, family rooms, or breakfast areas as a way to accent or set off a particular space.

Is installing shiplap difficult? Installing shiplap, while not necessarily difficult, can be a time consuming and calculating process. The boards of shiplap are often staggered to give a less uniform appearance, so making sure you measure and measure again are critical to ensuring that all of your boards fit. You will also want to make sure you're installing your boards securely into wall studs, so you don’t end up with boards coming loose or falling off your wall.

If you love the look of shiplap, but do not want to tackle the project yourself, call Chipman Contracting at 972-841-5082 instead!

We can install your shiplap and more to make your modern farmhouse dreams come true!

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