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Framed Shiplap DIY Tutorial


If you are like me, and want to affordably and quickly add some shiplap
touches to your home, this is a great project for you!

I have Chip and Joanna to thank for this obsession.
We aren’t going to be doing an entire room in shiplap,
(even though I WANT too..haha.) So this was a good option for us!
This project is a lot easier than you think too. I went to Home Depot and had them cut most of the wood for me!
The kids think it’s so fun watching them cut it. They know me at my store now….I go in there weekly. ;)
“Hey..didn’t you build something last week?”  “YES! Want to see my instagram of it??” hahaha.
I haven’t shared an officially finished mantle photo yet but I have been getting asked
about a tutorial so I really wanted to pull this together for you guys and share it!

You don’t need much to make this!
1. A Piece of plywood. I got the smooth $12 version!
It’s called Underlayment
You could also use this kind.

2. Paint.
I used Sherwin Williams Alabaster White

And grabbed one of those small trim tray kits to make it super easy.
(roller and tray combined!)

3. Your trim wood! I used the 1/2 x 1 wood. It was 97 cents or something ridiculous like that.
Make sure you pick straight pieces. lol. I didn’t.
We just had to work with it a bit more to make it fit the best around the frame.
It’s rusticccc…
so…it doesn’t have to be perfectly perfect! ;)

4. Nails. or a Nail Gun.

5. A Nickel.

6. A Level.

7. Stain for Trim.
I got Varathane in Dark Walnut.
LOVED it. I grabbed it because it said it dries faster and with only one coat.
And it actually did that! I think it’s my new favorite stain.

This project really is EASY..you can do this!!!
It only takes a few steps to get that Fixer Upper look in your home.

Step One.
Decide the size you want! I measured above my fireplace and figured out how big I wanted.
I wanted mine to be around 51 inches wide and 29 inches tall.
But work with the space you have and use the basic material I share below, to get the look you want!

Step Two.
Cut your wood. The plywood comes in 4×8 sheets.
I needed the width to be 4 feet… so I just had Home Depot cut my plywood into 6 inch planks.
SUPER EASY! And the best part about having them cut it is that you can easily fit it into your car!
Even with all the kiddos. :)
(I had two projects going so for my other plywood board I had
them cut the board from 8 to 6 feet… and thenn cut it into 6 inch planks.
I’ll share that playroom project soon!)

Step Three.
Putting it up is ways easier with a partner. So ask for another set of hands to help!
Ben and I worked together and finished this SO FAST.
Just figure out where you want the first one to go.. level it.. and nail it in.
Then stick your nickel in there.
and put the next piece on the wall.
Then level… nail!
You just repeat the process over and over until you
have all of the planks up that you want!

Step Four.
Paint! I decided it would be easiest if I got the planks on the wall and then painted!
I put on two coats and it was ready to roll!

Step Five.
Time to trim it out! If you want to frame out the shiplap like I did, you want to have the
top and pieces be flush to the width you have up.
So cut and stain those first pieces.
Nail them to the wall, and then you can measure
to see how long your side pieces need to be!
Cut those, stain them and nail them to the wall.

You are done! YAY SHIPLAP!
I loved how it added that farmhouse feel to the space!
I can’t do much about the fireplace for now, but this gave it that cozy touch I was wanting.

I’m still working on what I’ll put on my mantle…but I had this magnolia wreath from JoAnns.
(a sweet clearance find last year!) and I hung it right up with some ribbon and a nail at the top of the trim.
I’m excited to have a mantle to decorate!! In our last house the tv was on it…not pretty.
I’m excited to share the full mantle once I decorate it for fall! For now I put some of my favorite pieces and some candles up there.
Are you going to try this DIY?? Tag me on INSTAGRAM if you do!!

Creative Learning Book Series- Animal Homes

I love giving my kids books that go a long with what they are learning in school.
This past year my girls were learning all about Animal Habitats!
Animal Homes’ is the next book I’m sharing in my Creative Learning Series and it’s adorable! It’s from the Peek Inside collection (we have them ALL! SO cute.)
I love how the kids can peek through the holes into the next page and
 we talk about what they see. The book is filled with info and it’s all
shared in such a fun and pretty way that they just soak it right up.

I love making learning fun for my kids and wanted to share some fun ideas with you guys!
I made a Creative Learning Book Series where my kids
and I have combined our favorite things to do… reading, snacking and crafting.
We were inspired by our favorite Usborne Books and are sharing new videos every week!

This craft was best for my big girls. They said it was probably the hardest one that we did but they loved it the most. Their hard work and determination paid off! ;)
I love seeing their faces when they finish working on their project. Always so proud!
This is a fun one because all of the birds can end up with the cutest personalities.
And..we all enjoyed this book’s treat! (yum!)
I think it wold be fun to add a whole bunch of different animal
home crafts to a cork board… do a whole display of their little crafts!
Do your kids have a favorite animal? My kids LOVE animals.
We just got this book too and they all thought it was amazing!

Thanks for stopping by for another post
of my Creative Learning Book Series!
We are sharing more videos each week!
You can see all of the posts I’ve shared, so far, Here!

My Kids’ Favorite Usborne Books + A New Play Space!

I set up this corner in our family room for the kids!
Displaying some of our favorite Usborne Books on our IKEA shelves.
(The play kitchen is IKEA as well!) It’s been a great spot for play time
when I’m working or we are visiting with friends in the front of the house.
It’s right by my little corner desk where I work. I like having a designated area for kids to play so that
we can sit in the front sofa area and still keep an eye on them.
The rest of the toys are in the playroom/sitting room or the kids’ bedrooms.
We are doing limited toys in this area…. play food, books and foam blocks!
Still working on the space but it’s coming together.
The cubby unit is from Target (bins and storage piece.)
The sign is from Hobby Lobby! I’m sorry I don’t have a
paint color for you guys but I’ll try to find it out!

I get asked all the time about Usborne Book recommendations!
“What should I get my 7 year old girl? What does your 3 yr old boy like??”

I love that part of the job… (I’m a team leader!)
but I thought I would share the experts’ opinions.
My kids. :)
I asked them to share with you guys some of their favorites
right now and these are the ones they grabbed!
Micah cracks me up in this video. He was so excited about The Big Book of Colors.
I was cracking up at his commentary. ;)
Asher had to be rescued at one point in the video… see if you can spot my stealth moves while filming. haha.
Love how sweet Sophia and Sienna are together when reading.
It’s so special how they can read together now!


As a Consultant + NEWly promoted Team Leader with Usborne Books & More
I earn free books and a weekly paycheck! Cash bonuses too!
I have loved this experience and LOVE being able to grow our collection of books.
One of the best parts has to be the Facebook community of Consultants.
We are able to connect DAILY… and not feel like we are on our own!
We share material and encourage each other.
Let me know if you want info on joining OR
hosting a Facebook party for free books! (You invite and excite…I do the rest!)
Christmas shopping is in full swing (crazy I know!) but I’m gifting
a lot of books this year for the cousins… it’s been fun picking them out based on each child!

I love sharing these books with all of you.
Hope you enjoyed the video and got inspired for Christmas presents this year
or just awesome ones to build up your book shelves!
I can’t say enough good things about the Dolly Dressing Sticker Books.
My girls SCREAMED…high pitched…screams…when they arrived.
So if you are looking for a good gift idea haha, there you go. The best reaction!