The Corner Cottage Journal: Warm up a fireplace with DIY shiplap
Welcome Guest Blogger: Nila D.
We’re proud to present guest blogger, Nila D. She’s a talented homemaker and DIY enthusiast living in Tacoma, Wash. In the Corner Cottage Journal, Nila takes us along as she remodels and remakes the 1940 city cottage she owns with her husband. Nila has a wonderful eye for detail and the fine, finishing touches that elevate even simple home projects. We hope you enjoy her posts!
My husband and I live in Tacoma, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. We moved here because of the abundance of beautiful, historical homes. Our aim, as we remodeled our 1940 city cottage home, was to be time-period appropriate and recycle as many old materials as possible.
When we purchased our house, the fireplace lacked charm and was terribly outdated. Neither my husband nor I are designers or builders. We are an average married couple who decided to take a chance! After a bit of inspiration and a few trips to our local McLendon Hardware, our mantel is now the heart of our home.
The front of our mantel was flat and lacked character. We started our project by taking off the old, pink tiles and removing the outdated brass fixtures. We used sand paper to remove uneven debris and bought thin wood paneling to resurface the entire front.
We used wood glue first, and then nailed it into place. McLendon’s offered an array of molding to choose from. We decided to use classic plain trim with just a bit of decorative rope style in the center. It was true Craftsman style that was appropriate to our Northwest cottage.
We decided to brighten our space with Benjamin Moore® Paint. Dove White is my all-time favorite white. It goes with just about any wall color. McLendon’s gladly mixed up the paint and suggested a satin finish to easily wipe off any soot from the fire.
We were so pleased with our weekend project, but something was still missing ... depth! One evening while watching Fixer Upper, we both decided, “We need SHIPLAP!” We searched for reclaimed shiplap in our local lumberyard but were told it isn’t popular to build with it in this area of the PNW.
Before giving up hope, we decided to take a trip back to McLendon’s where we discovered we could make our own mock shiplap. We used 8-in. wide slats of wood and spaced them with three nickels stacked on each side before placing another slat of wood on top and nailed them into place. We accounted for a little space to go around with some trim work for a final touch.
The mock shiplap looks professional and best of all, it was so easy to install! We invested in a Jotul® wood stove while at the Washington State Fair and it fit perfectly within the fireplace. McLendon’s sells all fireplace fittings, including the new chimney cap, to finish the job! We were able to get long matches, a bundle of firewood and even some Christmas garlands to decorate!
I have to be honest and say McLendon’s staff went above and beyond to help us find all the materials for our projects. If we ran into a rut or had any questions, the guys in Pop Shop at the Tacoma store always helped give a friendly suggestion and set us back on the path to success.
I hope our fireplace remodel helps inspire you to do your own DIY project that you and yours will enjoy this holiday season and for years to come!
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