Faux Shiplap | A Studio Backdrop Project

Updated…here it is! I have it white but am thinking I am might like cream so I basically manipulated the white balance to either keep it white or make it appear creamier so I guess I can keep it white and manipulate it to my liking <3 What do you think?! Vote for your fav on Fb HERE:

Shiplap Photographer Backdrop Shiplap backdrop DIY shiplap

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**Stay tuned for updated pictures using the backdrop – hopefully tomorrow** I will post pictures on Fb so make sure you are able to see me in your newsfeed by going HERE and making sure the following is done:

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I am little stir crazy these days. I had my wisdom teeth out last week so I took it easy (i.e. didn’t go anywhere that required me getting dressed) and then Jon had his heel surgery Monday and is basically couch ridden for a while. And lets be honest, I have been watching too much Fixer Upper and am in love with Chip & Joanna. And shiplap. I was hanging out googling a few weeks ago and left a few tabs open (like a hundred as usual) showing how to do a faux shiplap and today I was feeling stir crazy so off to Lowe’s I went.

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(this is my safari window like at a minimum-Jon gets on my case all the time when I say my internet is running slow-like why do you think?!)

Armed with a greatΒ blog post (I’ll link you at the end) and a good list with measurements I went in and got what I needed (some of you probably saw my posts on IG; I am photogingmama on there if you want to follow). I figured I would get my materials and maybe do it tomorrow. But then I kind of got excited to try the new nail gun (I was sick of borrowing one) and so I started the project and ended up finishing it within maybe an hour and a half…

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First thing’s first…getting a nice guy at Lowe’s to cut your board is paramount to making this quick and cutting down on your work; after all, they have the huge table saw to do it you know? What I got was $13.99 a sheet and I needed two sheets to do about a 8×8 backdrop. Initially I wanted to do 10×7 but I have outlets in that space and decided not to cover them up-luckily it was exactly 8 foot between the two of them and the sheets were 4×8. So I got two sheets of 4×8 and had him cut them in 6″ strips (so 8 ft x 6 inches). Because I was planning on doing 10 foot across initially I had him then cut two the of 8’x6″ strips into 2 ft pieces so I could connect to the 8 ft pieces. So what I was left with, and used, were 14 8 ft x 6 inch strips.

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I started by painting the wall behind where the boards would be the same color as I was going to paint the entire thing because shiplap has gaps in it (so you would see the wall behind it).

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Then I got the compressor out and hooked up the nail gun-I used a lower pressure since the “shiplap” was thin because I didn’t want the nail to get shot straight through. I used 1 1/2″ nail, 18 gauge. I have never been a fan of nail guns because they are loud and they scare me a little (irrational thought that I might put a nail through my foot or eye or something). But now I am in love – I want to do all kinds of projects! So basically I made sure my baseboard was mostly level (if not, the higher I got the more “off” it would be and then I would be able to tell and it would drive me nuts) and then placed the first board, went down with my nail gun about where I thought studs were. Then, for my gap, I placed a ruler (could be anything really) and then the next board on top, made sure it was level as well and then nailed that one the same way. And so up I went. You really don’t even need to wait for the paint to dry because you are just putting boards over it and then painting the same color over it.

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Once that was done I added some trim just to finish it off – you can see me using my jigsaw to cut it down-it was just the easiest way at the time lol. Then I painted over the entire wall! Helpful hint-you can put the brush or roller in the fridge to stay moist in between the wall coat & the shiplap painting…

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I may go back and fill in the nail holes with spackle unless the paint covers it well (I will wait and see in the light). I went with a bright white because I wanted clean & modern but I will have to photograph it in the natural and studio light to see if I like it. I am second guessing myself after seeing Keri’s cream wall she did (see HERE).

 

 

Here is the blog post I based my project off of HERE.

Here are the wood sheets I used:

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  • Leah Severson - August 27, 2016 - 7:47 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Was looking for a shiplap recipe for my studio and this was just perfect. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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