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When we bought our house, it was a total blank slate. A 1990’s rambler with not much in the way of personality. But, it had location, in the sweet little town of Anacortes, on an island, blocks away from the beach. And, it had a brick fireplace that I instantly fell in love with.
Slowly but surely we have been changing and updating things in the house. But, the fireplace I loved somehow shrank into the corner instead of being the focal point I knew it could be. We painted our walls, from yellow to a gorgeous neutral. This helped the fireplace pop a little, but it still didn’t stand out the way I wanted it to.
Being so close to the beach, we have been gravitating toward coastal design. As a real estate broker, I have the opportunity to tour a lot of homes, and in one house I toured, I fell in love with a two story, shiplap accent wall. It was impressive, without being overwhelming, very classic, but looked modern at the same time.
I tried to figure out how we could replicate that in our home, but, there wasn’t a logical wall for it. Finally, it clicked. What about a shiplap accent wall above the fireplace?
I have the handsome hunk to thank for taking all my ideas, and turning them into a reality. He slaved away to make this shiplap accent wall, and the end results are perfect.
A while ago, he created shiplap valances in our living and dining rooms. So it flows perfectly with the accent wall above the fireplace. And, it really makes the brick fireplace pop!
The ceiling is at an angle which created a problem when cutting the shiplap. I also liked the ability to remove the shiplap easily if we decided we wanted to do something different later on. So, the handsome hunk made a template on cardboard that he then transferred to a thin piece of plywood which then the shiplap was attached to that. And then as a whole piece, it was attached to the wall. Since the top piece of shiplap was just a sliver, this made cutting much easier and felt much more secure.
He used real shiplap, that we got from the local lumber and hardware store, Frontier Building Supply. It was an inexpensive way to completely transform the room. We painted them my favorite neutral white, Snowbank by PPG. Which is a beautiful, neutral white, with the slightest hint of a cool amethyst undertone which makes it pop.
I couldn’t be happier about the shiplap accent wall above the fireplace. It brings the whole room together and my brick fireplace is finally the focal point I knew it could be.
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