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Laundry Room Renovation Phase 1- Shiplap Ceiling

Lowes carries this amazing shiplap. Why is it amazing? It's because it's cheap! This ceiling only cost $70. 
1. Pine wood shiplap from Lowes 2. Hole saw 3. Nail Gun 4. Jig saw 5. liquid nails 6. Minwax conditioner 7. Minwax Dark Walnut Stain 8. Miter saw 9. Maybe a table saw (to rip the last board down to fit)

Here are the before pictures of our very small laundry room.

This project for our space took 11 boards. Our ceiling is 71"X 76".  Each board is 6.5" Wide.  You first need to decide which way you want your boards to run. We decided to run them the 71" length.  So I took 71 divided by 6.5 which gave me 10.92.  We rounded up so 11 boards were needed.    
I first conditioned the boards which helps the stain apply much smoother. Then stained it with my favorite stain. 

My husband marked the studs 

He measured each space where the boards were going so that they fit perfectly. He cut them using his miter saw.  He applies liquid nails then secures the boards with h…
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