I am participating in the $100 Room Challenge where a group of DIY bloggers is challenged to makeover a room without spending more than $100 and this week I am going to show you how to faux shiplap with a Sharpie paint pen! When you only have $100 to spend, you must get creative with budget shopping and DIY projects.
I know I want this room to be rustic and outdoorsy and I want the feature wall behind the beds to be different from the other walls. I love wallpaper but wallpaper is not in the $100 budget and I have removed wallpaper in 6 rooms in our home so I am not going to wallpaper even though I know that wallpaper is so much better today. I thought seriously about stenciling something like a herringbone pattern or some arrows on the wall but I wasn’t sure how it would look. So I went to Pinterest and searched “rustic twin bedrooms” and I was drawn to the shiplap walls for the look that I am going for. Now, shiplap is out of budget but I have seen girls draw shiplap walls with Sharpies on IG and Pinterest and I know that it looks like the real deal.
The best thing about committing to the faux shiplap with the Sharpie Paint Pen and probably the main reason I chose this wall treatment was the price. I had enough white paint leftover from my DIY Faux Floral Wallpaper with a Sharpie for the wall and the Sharpie would cost less than $3 so I am sold on the idea.
TIP: You must use a Sharpie Paint Pen instead of a Sharpie Permanent Marker.
I did the research when I did the floral wall treatment and every one said to use the paint pen because it is very easy to cover up when you repaint the wall. In fact, I made a few errors and I covered the error with my wall paint and a tiny paintbrush so that draw the line again.
Shiplap is 6, 8, and 10 inches wide and I like wider planks so I made my lines 8 inches apart. The lines you draw should be the thickness of a nickel and this paint pen worked perfectly.
I read to mark little lines with a pencil every eight inches from the top of the ceiling and not from your previous line.
I kept a ruler, leveler, and Sharpie Paint Pen in my hands at all times. I held up the ruler on the small pencil mark that I had made and made sure that it was level.
You can use a piece of painter’s tape to hold the ruler in place while you draw your lines.
Remember that the lines you draw should be the thickness of a nickel. It doesn’t have to be perfect because boards are not always perfect but if you make mistakes, just paint over them with the wall color paint and a small paintbrush. Let dry and redraw it.
Total Spent so far:
Faux Shiplap with a Sharpie Paint Pen $2.64
DIY Dyed Tassel Rug $2.49