I live in a rental and we can't do much to our house, though we want to! I love the look of shiplap and would have it on every wall if I could. I'm too scared of our landlord to ask for permission (and he'd probably so no anyway right? Lot's of nails in his walls) so I came up with my own alternative. Now I know what you may be thinking, that I am still damaging the wall with a marker. My thoughts were that painting a wall is much different than nailing boards up to it. So, without further ado, I introduce you to Sharpie Shiplap.
This will take no time at all, and it's inexpensive!! Supplies needed:
Sharpie Water Based Paint Pen in Black, Fine Point
Straight Edge or Yardstick
Ok..... so the reason we are using a water based marker is so I can easily paint over the wall when I move. Now....here's how I did my faux shiplap. I pushed my yard stick all the up to the ceiling, and started making small marks with my pencil every 6 in. The reason for 6 in. is that is a typical width of a shiplap board. I repeated this step from ground to ceiling all the way across the wall. I put marks every foot just to be safe I matched my lines up well. This will all make more sense once you take a look at the pictures. Once I had all of my marks made, I laid the yardstick horizontally, and started matching up the marks to make my lines. I was scared of my marker still, so I went through and did this with a pencil to make sure I had straight lines. Then I went through with my marker once I was sure it was straight. Toward the end of the project, I was more confident, and I skipped the step of pre-drawing my line and just did the marker. I peridocially shook the marker to make sure the paint would be applied the smoothest. My wall is 8 ft. tall and 9 ft. wide. I only needed one marker for the job, and it is still going strong.
So start by making your marks with your pencil. Your first mark will be 6 in. from the ceiling. Make marks every 6 in. after that till you reach the floor.
I moved over 1 foot and started making my marks again, starting 6 in. from the ceiling.
Those masculine hands and arms are my husbands! I do have man hands, but I don't own these man hands pictured here. This step is where I "connected the dots" across the whole room. This step isn't 100% necessary...I was just scared that my lines weren't straight at the beginning.
Then I traced over the lines with my marker. The picture above is just showing the 6 in. marks mid project.
I stepped down from my ladder and admired my work at this point. Now, work your way across the wall, and that is it! It was super easy and inexpensive. This wall took me 1 1/2 hours total.
Here's a video showing the speed I used with the marker step. There is a science to getting your lines to the be the same thickness. You need to have a steady hand and take it slow and easy. Don't press too hard, don't press too light.
Read about the complete makeover here
A few have asked for close up photos of the wall. These are unedited in all their glory...enjoy!
Check out our friend Avery's post on Sharpie wallpaper below.
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