Dean and I are doing something we have NEVER done before. We are joining the exciting craziness that is the One Room Challenge™ to make over our modern farmhouse kitchen!one room challenge logo

The weeks are just flying by in this One Room Challenge and we are now finished with week 4!

This week we tackled all things shiplap backsplash.

But let’s back up a bit and take a look at what’s been accomplished thus far:

  • remove most of the upper cabinets
  • remove existing tile backsplash
  • remove existing island
  • install shiplap backsplash/wall treatment
  • paint shiplap backsplash <—started but not yet complete
  • build a larger island
  • install farmhouse/apron front sink <—started but not yet complete
  • ‘wrap’ island and paint
  • add some lower cabinets and a desk space
  • prime and paint lower and upper cabinets that stay
  • change out some hardware
  • install countertops <—started but not yet complete
  • install new range hood and custom range hood cover
  • install open shelving

And how about we look at the inspiration board again…cause when it’s messy it sure helps to have something pretty to look at to give one hope! Ha!

Home Made Lovely - our modern farmhouse kitchen makeover style board

So about the shiplap backsplash. If you know me, truth be told I don’t normally follow trends – especially with something as long-term as a kitchen backsplash. BUT I have loved the so-called ‘shiplap’ look for ages. Since before it was a thing. I was plotting where to put it in our old house for months before we decided to move – and alas it didn’t get done there.

BUT when we moved here I decided it needed to be done somewhere. And lo and behold it came up as an inexpensive option when Dean and I were discussing the kitchen reno and how to do a very large backsplash – think counter to ceiling height for a run of about 18+ feet! 

Plus Dean isn’t a big fan of tiling. But don’t tell him I said that.

In the end we decided shiplap would make a great backsplash – with just enough visual texture to add character but not so much that it overwhelmed the space.

We chose to use 1/4″ plywood, ripped to 7 7/8 inch by 8 foot pieces by the lovely staff at our local Home Depot. To get the ‘gap’ Dean used the side of his square as a spacer just like he did for the island shiplap, but I’ve see people use coins too.

To install the shiplap backsplash, Dean marked the studs with a pencil and a stud finder. Then he just started in the top left corner (checking for level, of course) and using his brad nailer, started nailing the pieces to the wall being sure to hit as many studs as possible. Since the wall is about 18 feet long, Dean used whole pieces when possible, leaving a gap between pieces on the horizontal side, but butting right against the pieces beside each other on the vertical ends. He varied where he started each row so that the seams weren’t all in a row (see photos).

He actually still has to caulk the edges where the shiplap meets the wall and bulkhead, but I wanted to get a jump start on painting while he was at work, so I started to paint the wall keeping away from the edges. That way he can caulk the seam and I’ll paint over it afterwards. (Man, will it ever be good to be rid of all that brown paint once and for all!)
shiplap progress

Rather than lugging a heavy pail up and down the ladder and all around the cabinets and other obstacles, I poured some paint into my HANDy Paint Cup – which I have to say made this paint job SO much easier!

HANDy Paint Cup on ladder

HANDy Paint Cup

With the built-in magnetic brush holder (freaking genius idea!) and comfortable handle, it’s perfect for smaller painting projects like trim work and craft projects. And even for bigger, but somewhat awkward projects like our kitchen shiplap backsplash!

I even cheated and used a wee roller brush in the HANDy Paint Cup too! But shhh, that’s our little secret.

mini roller in HANDy Paint Cup

Well, I’d better get back to painting. There’s SO much of it to finish in our modern farmhouse kitchen makeover!

But I know it will be worth it in the end, right?

shiplap progress

Have you ever used the HANDy Paint Cup? I think I’m in love with it!

This post is sponsored by HANDy Paint Products. All opinions are always my own.


Rebuilding a Larger Kitchen Island 

Repainting the Existing Kitchen Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint 

Installing and Painting a Shiplap Backsplash with HANDy Paint Products

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for Us with The Home Depot

Butcher Block Countertop Reveal with Lumber Liquidators

Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover REVEAL!

– Appliance Features We Adore with The Home Depot (coming soon)

– Custom DIY Range Hood Cover with Broan NuTone (coming soon)


shannon pixie photo and signature

home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. You are a lucky girl! Up here in my neck of the woods we can’t get our Home Depots of Lowes to rip down our plywood to anything that small. Your kitchen is looking fantastic! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  2. I LOVE the Handy cup! The magnet is everything. I used to just use disposable cups, but I was afraid I would drink from it in a moment of painting fugue state. 😉
    The shiplap looks great!

    1. Bahahaha! That’s the funniest – but only ’cause I’d be worried I’d do the same thing! I adore that magnet – seriously saves my paint brushes.

  3. Wow you are up to your elbows in a makeover. Cant wait for the reveal, I bet it will be beautful!
    Would love to have you share on #OMHGWW this week! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Well THAT’S crazy! Hubbie and I were painting our kitchen today (cabinets arrived last week and almost all of them were damaged/defective) since we’ve got extra time now. He did the fun ceiling part and I cut in with my 1½”” paint brush AND my red HANDY Paint Cup. It makes getting up and down the step stool so much easier for me instead of lugging a hug container of paint and balancing. I love that cup! If I need a break during painting, say to read a fantastic design blog ♥, I just slap a piece of plastic wrap on the top and secure it with a rubberband. Pop that cup into the fridge and I’m good to go!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your cabinets arriving in such a state – that’s awful and you must have been so disappointed! I’ve been tying my HANDy Cup in a plastic grocery bag, but I like your idea of plastic wrap and an elastic so much better! I do hope your project goes much more smoothly from here on out!

  5. I absolutely love the shiplap backsplash! We did a “modern” shiplap in our nursery. I think the wider planks gives it more of a modern feel. It’s looking so good 🙂

    1. Yes! I saw your nursery. It’s looking lovely! And yes, I agree the wider horizontal planking is a bit more modern than the narrower – plus it’s easier to paint! Ha!

  6. 18′ long backsplash and looks like it went up in a breeze! have fun painting it but what a great solution for a modern country look! Looking forward to seeing your sink and the hood too Shannon!

    1. Lol. You know my Dean is good at making projects look like they were a breeze to do! Ha! And the horizontal planking definitely lends a modern farmhouse country look to the space which I love in our suburban brick house. Can’t wait to see your space too, Tim.

  7. It’s going to look so good when it’s finished! We committed to the look as well, using it as a backing to our built-in buffet in our dining room. Can’t wait to see your progress next week!

  8. Great tutorial! Can I ask….when you were painting the shiplap did the paint “pool” in the horizontal spaces? Thanks. Your reveal was one of the best in this year’s ORC. 🙂

    1. Hello Lisa,
      The paint didn’t pool or seep much into the crevices. But that was because I used a roller and was careful to offload the initial paint onto the solid surfaces each time.

  9. Thrilled to have found your blog. Just enjoying your warm and welcoming home and all of your projects. My son and daughter in law just purchased an older home. Shiplap is on the to do list. They have a tight budget, but he is tackling it and doing an amazing job. Thanks for showing us that it is possible. God bless.

    1. I’m so happy you found us too, Jane! Congrats to you son and daughter in law on their house purchase! How fun!

  10. Hi! I love your kitchen! Quick questions, did you install the shiplap before or after the base cabinets and countertop?

    1. Hey lovely, Marcie. 🙂
      Backsplashes are typically installed after cabinets and counters. But in this case, we did it after the cabinets but before the counters.