Well friends, after a couple of weeks of hard work, we are finally finished with the foyer renovation, and I'm really excited with the results. We began with the floor which I wrote about last week. (In cased you missed it, you can see that here.) The next step was Shiplap. I've had several questions recently on Shiplap details so I will try and answer them here.
1/4 inch plywood cut into 6 inch planks
Corner Wood Trim/ Cove Trim
3/4 in to 1 inch nails
(These are what I used, this project can be done with other tools you may have on hand.)
Ryobi Jigsaw (for cuts around electrical outlets/switches)
In my area, Home Depot is the only store that will cut my planks down to 6 inches. You can check with your local stores to see if they'll cut them for you. Our foyer took six sheets of 4 by 8ft plywood. Once I brought them home, I sanded them down to remove the rough edges. Then I begin in the far left upper corner of the first wall and work from left to right. I'm sure there are many ways to do this, but this method has worked best for me. I don't use spacers between the planks but I check the measurements as I go to ensure everything is level. As far as the casings around the doors, I choose to keep those in place and butt the planks straight up to the trim work. For my rounded edges on the column, I over extend the planks to create a 90 degree angle so that the corner trim fits nicely in place.
As far as painting the shiplap, I used the color Sherwin Williams Alabaster in Eggshell, but this time in Behr, and I have to say I was super impressed~Only two coats this time. Yay! This is the color I have in the rest of our main living space. I also have a secret... I don't fill my nail holes any more, there I said it! Call it lazy, but I've noticed that it's really not that noticeable once the paint is on and I'm perfectly fine with it. I also don't paint in the cracks anymore. This does depend on the color of the wall previously, in my case, this was light gray, so no need to paint in between... Ah, that's a win in my book!
For the front door, I wanted to stay with the black, but I refreshed it in Amy Howard's One step paint in the color Black. I'm probably going to give it a protective clear coat, I'm just unsure which one I'll use as of right now. I'm loving the soft matte finish the one step paint offers but I know for us, and with Ted, we will need a protective coating to keep it looking nice.
With the Alabaster, and new light fixture, it feels so much brighter in this space.
I'm so pleased with how this came out and I want to encourage you guys, if there is a space in your home that you aren't happy with, paint is your friend! I'm always amazed with what it can do.
Thanks so much for following along on our foyer project, I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation!