Before I start, I just want to say that all I wanted to do was paint the bedroom and spread out the expense of the design I had pictured in my head. I have always been able to picture interior design ideas, I guess it’s an artsy thing. The first step was painting three of the four walls in our master, navy. Dark, yes I know. But navy is very “in” right now and I wanted to create the feel of a relaxing bedroom where I could retreat after a long day at work.
Eventually, I wanted to add a ceiling fan, painted ship-lap on that fourth wall, a remote controlled shade on the sliding glass doors, and some curtains. I can see the result clearly in my brain, Jake had a more difficult time picturing it.
Jake wasn’t down with the navy, so I met him halfway and we decided on a lighter blue. I painted one of the walls (with the TV) and it looked alright. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t the look I was going for, and thankfully Jake didn’t like how it looked either. Plus we went with a semi-gloss and the streaking (not the fun kind) was absolutely awful, no matter how many coats were applied. But I tried to deal.
The next weekend, Jake convinced me to go to Harley Davidson with him by bribing me with a new ceiling fan for the master. Score! After we picked out the fan, Jake told me he wanted to go with a darker color because he didn’t like the blue that we had picked. Excellent! Navy, in eggshell (no streaks) it is. While I was getting the paint, Jake disappeared to somewhere in the store. I finally found him talking (go figure) to one of the guys in the construction department, asking about how to install ship-lap correctly. I hit the jackpot! New paint, a ceiling fan, and a ship-lap wall all in one day!!! After spending a few hours in two different Lowes, we headed home with a truck full of supplies.
I started painting the navy on one of the walls that wasn’t the lighter blue and it looked AMAZING! So much better! I spent the rest of the weekend painting the other two walls while Jake worked on the ship-lap. I helped when I was needed, but the measuring and cutting was all Jake.
Before he started, he removed the molding around the windows, as well on the crown molding on the floor. For the ship-lap to go from wall to wall, floor to ceiling. Jake also had to cut into the crown molding of the side walls on the floor in the corners. Then, we used “chalk lines” to mark where the studs were in the wall where we would be nailing the ship-lap into place.
After all the measuring and logistics were complete, Jake began cutting wood and placing/nailing each piece into place on the wall; we were told to start at the floor because it is more level than the ceiling. We used paint sticks as the gap measurement, which was just slightly bigger than the suggested nickels. He needed to cut pieces around the two windows as well as the one outlet (which we bought an extender for). He finished the wall in about a day.
Once the ship-lap was in place, we filled the nail holes with wood filler, let it dry (for a day), then sanded it the next day. I actually thought at one point about not painting at all because it looked like a ski lodge. When the sanding was done, we painted it a light gray color. I had wanted to paint the sides before the ship-lap went on the wall, but somehow that didn’t happen. I attempted to use a small paint brush to get between the gaps, but it was going too slow and it wasn’t reaching the back. So we ventured to Michael’s to see what would help. We looked at more paint brushes and even paint guns before deciding on pipe cleaners. Pipe cleaners are small enough to get in the cracks as well as hold paint pretty well; they were also less expensive than a $130 paint gun at $1.
And they worked pretty well! We were able to paint between all the cracks in an eighth of the time it wouldn’t have taken using a paint brush.
Next, it was time to add the molding back to the windows, side walls, and ceiling. We used small, square rods of wood the same depth as the ship-lap to extend the window sill to meet the ship-lap. Once the ship-lap and the window were flush all the way around, Jake added the molding and began wood filing where the nail holes were. We also used wood filler to make the window sill, the small piece of wood, and the molding all look flush on the interior before painting it white.
Once the wood filer dried (between two and six hours) we sanded each spot, as well as the space we filled between the window sill, the wood rods, and the molding so that they all felt flush together. Because there is a lot of dust from sanding, we have a special vacuum so that the dust doesn’t get everywhere when we sand (it is bad for regular vacuums fyi). After the sanding was done, I wiped down the window to remove any extra dust to have a clean surface to paint.
Obviously, the next step is to paint. Jake had the left over molding paint from when the house was built, so we found the same paint, by the same manufacturer, online and went to our local Home Depot where they were able to match it a few days before. We tested the paint on two spots of the floor molding in the room where we removed door stops, filled them with wood filler, then sanded them down to be painted. Perfect match!
So we painted the windows. It took a few coats, and I ended up filling a few more spots with wood filler where it wasn’t as flush as it should have been, but the result was great!
Next we filled the side and ceiling molding with wood filler and let dry. Once it was dry we sanded and painted them white as well.
To finish, Jake added caulk to the side and ceiling molding to finish the room off.
We did a deep clean of the room when we were done but before we put the room back together; cleaned all the blinds, steam cleaned the carpet, dusted and cleaned the wood furniture with wood cleaner, washed the sheets and Reagan’s bed, and even cleaned out the night stands (mainly Jake’s).
Once the carpets were dry, we moved the furniture back into place and made the finishing touches. Our next purchase will be the remote blinds on the sliding glass door to replace the terrible looking vertical blinds, and some curtains to go over all the windows.
But here is the result; only took us a couple weeks to complete: