Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! If you’re finding me through the One Room Challenge link up, welcome! Over these six weeks, I’m taking our boring bedroom and turning it into a dreamy coastal farmhouse master bedroom! This week, I’m turning our plain paneling wall into a navy blue vertical shiplap accent wall. Here’s the plan for the space:
Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom Plans | Fall 2019 One Room ChallengeWeek One: Our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Plans
Week Two: Navy Blue Vertical Shiplap Accent Wall
Week Three: Wall Mounted Bedside Lighting WITHOUT an Electrician
Week Four: Custom Nightstands from a Thrifted Desk
Week Five: Coastal Gallery Wall
Week Six: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal!
For anyone new to the One Room Challenge, this is a six week challenge where bloggers + Instagrammers makeover a space in six short weeks and share the process! Thank you to the One Room Challenge for organizing the challenge every year, and to Better Homes & Gardens who is the official media partner! Now, onto the vertical shiplap accent wall!
When I say vertical shiplap accent walll, what I really mean is old wall of panelling that is too much work to remove. For some reason, this house has random panelling walls – including just one wall in the bedroom. Thankfully, that means I’ve learned a lot about how to paint wood paneling with grooves – so if you’re looking for some tips, head to that blog post!
The wall isn’t in great shape, so before painting it we considered taking it all down. A few of the panels were coming off the wall so I peeked behind it with a flashlight. You can see right to the insulation – no drywall behind it. I am doing this challenge as ‘cosmetic’ updates, rather than a full blown makeover. Tearing down the paneling and replacing the wall just wasn’t an option right now. (We might look at doing it early next year when we finish the basement, and already have supplies for drywalling.) Instead, I’m turning this blah wall into the farmhouse dream – a vertical shiplap accent wall!
By simply painting this panelling wall a different color than the rest of the walls (none of which have panelling), it turns it into a vertical shiplap accent wall. Vertical shiplap accent walls are something people are adding to their homes on purpose now! Isn’t it funny how home decor trends come back around? Wood panelling was very similar to what is now called shiplap, but people hate panelling now! Unfortunately, that also means that I don’t have a tutorial for you on creating your own vertical shiplap accent wall – but do have some killer color inspiration for you 😉
I must have looked at about 100 different shades of navy blue while trying to find the perfect shade for this accent wall. They were either too dark, too blue, not blue enough, or just not right for the space. I know that you’re not supposed to design a room around a wall color, but I have always dreamed of having a beautiful navy blue accent wall! It seemed to fit perfectly with a coastal farmhouse vibe for this makeover.
If I put too many samples up on the wall, it would make deciding on a color hard for me. I wanted to keep it to two maybe three samples to make it easier, as well as budget-friendly. Sure, paint samples are pretty cheap at around $5 per sample. But they add up quickly when you need to get 3-4 samples every time you paint a room!
To keep things simple for myself, I decided to first try a sample of mistint paint I already had. I got this gallon of paint a few years ago and used it to update a cheap dresser (that is still going to be in this room once it’s all done!) If I didn’t love it on the wall, I could go and get some other samples to try. At first, I wasn’t completely convinced after the sample. Sean said he liked it so I decided to just go for it! Anything I can do to keep project costs down, I am all for.
At first, I wasn’t completely convinced after the sample. Sean said he liked it so I decided to just go for it! Anything I can do to keep project costs down, I am all for.
Unfortunately, that means that I can’t tell you the exact color. Here are a few different blue options that I looked at for our vertical shiplap accent wall:
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
- Benjamin Moore Stunning
- Beauti-tone Power Hitter
- SW Indigo Batik
- SW Anchors Away
The first step was painting in the grooves, like described in my tutorial. I also used my paint edger to paint around the trim, rather than cutting in – this saves SO. MUCH. TIME!
After the first coat of paint was up, I started to panic a little at the color. It looked a lot more royal blue than navy blue which wasn’t the look I was going for.
Thankfully as it dried, and even more so after a second coat – it looked more more like Navy. That’s why when choosing a paint color and painting a sample on the wall, always be sure to do two coats on the sample AND view it in every light.
I don’t have the greatest photos to share, as we’re still putting the room back together. Stay tuned to see the final reveal in week six!