Shiplap. A word that nobody even know until Fixer Upper snuck its way into our homes and caused us to dream. Now it’s everywhere. A quick Google or Pinterest search for shiplap can give you billionzzzzzz of results.
Surprise! It’s even brought tension into our house. Since I’m married to Joanna Gaines (That’s right. Husband is Joanna in this dynamic duo), he wanted it everywhere. Ev.ry.where. I told him no. At first I said absolutely none.
Then I told him he could do one wall in our kitchen. He said he didn’t want to do that wall. (Remember the previous two sentences. They’ll come up later in our story).
So, then he said he wanted to do the two walls by our fireplace. Since it was a small area, I told him he could do that.
It should be noted that our shiplap isn’t real shiplap. The deal was if he did it, it had to be cheap. So, he did the 2 small walls beside the fireplace and the wall in the kitchen for under $40 by using floor underlayment. As in the stuff you put under new flooring. Now, he did this way before we had the idea of doing a blog, so it was never in the plan for these pictures to be made public, but we’re here and that’s just how it is. Let’s look at them, judge them, and move on. There are definitely pros and cons with it, honestly. For me, I have the fear of it being like the 80s wood paneling and is just a fad that will go away soon, but look at it this way – If you style your house based on what you think will be popular or not in 10, 15 years, you’ll never do anything. So, you have to do YOU, boo boo.
If you want it everywhere, put it everywhere. If you want it nowhere, then fight with your husband and compromise and put it somewhere.
We did the latter.
Also, does your home from the outside feel like it should have shiplap somewhere/everywhere? If you’re standing on the street looking at your house, does it seem like your house would have shiplap somewhere/everywhere? To me, our whole house looks shiplapped because of the hardie board siding which just made me want to do it less, but made Jordan want to do it more I guess. People are different and marriage can be hard.
Here’s what we ended up with:
We compromised and put it beside our fireplace and … Where else? Oh yeah. That wall he said he didn’t want to put shiplap on a couple paragraphs ago.
So, the moral of the story is yes shiplap is a trend. Trends come and go. If it fits your style and your house and doesn’t feel wonky or out of place, go for it! Heck, even if it DOES feel out of place, if it’s something you want, just friggin’ do it. Stop reading what I gotta say about it. Get busy!
Happy shiplapping! Or not. Seriously. It’s whatever.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by, written by, or even known about by Joanna Gaines. Let’s just leave baby JoJo out of this.