Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen Nook

Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen Nook

This November, it will be three years since we moved into our current home.  Recently I came across old photos from when we purchased the home and loved seeing the before photos.  In honor of our three-year anniversary with our home, I thought it would be fun to do a Transformation Tuesday series and share a different room every week.

I’m going to begin with our kitchen nook which is one of my favorites spaces because of all the windows and natural light.  Here’s what the home looked like when we first purchased it:

Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen Nook

And here is how it looks now:

Elegant-Kitchen-Nook-Decor (1 of 1)

All the updates and changes to the kitchen nook have been simple DIYs.

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Here’s what we did:

  • PAINTED THE WALLS.  The walls using Valspar’s Cincinnati Hotel Briggs Beige.  This color is also in our kitchen, hallway, and family room.  This color is neutral and warm, and we used it for years in our previous home.  To see all the details, click HERE.
  • REPLACED THE LIGHT FIXTURE.  I have been obsessed with wooden beaded chandeliers for several years, and I considered DIYing one but found a good deal on one.  We found it at World Market.
  • ADDED WINDOW TREATMENTS.  I hung pretty curtains I found on clearance at West Elm (which unfortunately are no longer available but these are similar).
  • ADDED SHIPLAP TO MAIN WALL (the wall I am shooting the photo from).  We jumped in on the shiplap trend, but let’s hope it’s not a fast revolving one.  It adds texture to the space, and you can see the full tutorial HERE.
  • FARMHOUSE KITCHEN TABLE MAKEOVER.  Our kitchen table was well-loved, and I really wanted to give it a more farmhouse look, so I transformed it with paint and new legs.  To see all the details and the tutorial, click HERE.  Don’t want to DIY your own, check out this look-alike table.

Kitchen Table Update

DIY easy shiplap

The large wooden sign on the shiplap wall is from here.

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Kitchen Nook Decor Ideas


Shiplap in Mudroom

Simple Mudroom Solutions

I’m still adding shiplap. Now I added shiplap to a wall in our mudroom.

How to install shiplap

A few weeks ago, I shared the tutorial for how we added shiplap to a wall in a kitchen.  To see all the details, click HERE.

Adding Shiplap to Mudroom

We had some leftover pine planks from the project, and I was ready for a break from the bold striped wall that had been in our mudroom.  Also, I was determined to become a power-tool girl.  My husband helped out with the kitchen wall, and I pulled out the chop saw, jigsaw, and nail gun and went for it!

Mudroom Makeover

I love that the texture and brightness the shiplap adds to the space.

Mudroom Ideas

I used the Hobby Lobby mirror I had on the wall before and found these cute chalkboard hooks from Pottery Barn.

Mudroom Coat Rack Ideas I can’t turn down a chalkboard…

Pottery Barn Hooks ..or a good deal.  These chalkboard hooks were marked down to $9.99!

Pottery Barn Chalkboard Hook

Hopefully, the kids will remember to grab their coats before we leave the house now that they are in plain view.  I am embarrassed to admit how many times we are driving down the road, and I realize one (or two or three) of them are without a coat.

DIY Shiplap Wall

I am glad I ran out of the planks because I’m not sure when I would have stopped shiplapping walls.

Mudroom with Shiplap

Are you a fan of the wall treatment?

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DIY Shiplap Tutorial

Shiplap Tutorial

I often get asked about this Spirit Lead Me wooden sign. Click HERE for the source!

DIY Shiplap Installation

I have been admiring shiplap walls for awhile, and I finally decided to create one for our home.  I enlisted the help of my husband, and we completed this large wall (9 feet x 20 feet) in one weekend!

There are several ways to create a shiplap wall (see my earlier post HERE), but we decided to go the easy route and bought pre-cut pine boards that have a simple tongue and groove system.

Supplies for Shiplap Wall

We found these boards at Lowes and bought 11 packages. We had plenty of extra small pieces leftover (the extra will be used on a smaller wall in our mudroom).

Don’t get overwhelmed at the thought of doing this project because it is definitely doable.  We installed the shiplap with some hard cuts (two outlets, a light switch and a hood) in one day and painted the second day.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

DIY Shiplap Supplies

  • Sanding Block
  • Tape Measure
  • Pine Tongue and Groove Boards
  • Wood Filler
  • Primer & Paint
  • Jig Saw
  • Chop Saw
  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil
  • Nail Gun & Nails (we used 16 gauge nails)
  • Caulk
  • Level Ruler

The cost of the supplies for this wall was under $200.  The wood boards cost around $100 and the primer, paint, nails, wood filler and caulk were under $100.

Begin by sorting the boards,  because you will find flawed boards.  Save the flawed boards to cut into smaller pieces.

Sorting boards for shiplap wall

Although most of our flawed boards were minor, there were a couple that looked like this.

Scrap Piece of Shiplap

To begin, mark the studs (using the stud finder and level ruler).  Then begin at the bottom with the first row.  Use a level to make the first row is straight (and continue using the level throughout the entire process).

Using a level for shiplap

When possible, use the full 8 foot board.  However, when you do cut, use the tape measure to measure (twice) before cutting.

Measuring and Cutting Shiplap

In order to keep seams consistent, make a game plan.

Shiplap Wall Seams

For our wall, we started from the bottom right with a full 8 foot board and cut the one on the left.  Then we used a full 8 foot board on the left and cut the one on the right.  We continued this patterned all the wall up the wall.  The door frame obviously required another solution.

Shiplap Wall Seams

Use a nail gun and put two nails in each stud.

Using a nail gun for shiplap

Use a chop saw for the easy cuts.

Cutting Shiplap with table saw

And a jig saw for harder cuts.

Cutting outlet in shiplap wall

Jigsaw to cut out shiplap

The jig saw is great for going around outlets, light switches and any other obstacle you may need to tackle.

You can buy electrical box extenders for outlets and light switches to bring them out over the ship lap.  We left ours sunk in in because we are in the process of (slowly) replacing them throughout the home.

Cutting Shiplap with jigsaw

We created paper patterns for the really hard areas like around the kitchen hood, traced the pattern on the wood and cut with the jigsaw.

Creating patterns for cutting boards

Installing Shiplap around the hood

With some planning, patience and time, we had a completed wall!

Shiplap Tutorial6

The next step was filling the nail holes.  I had my oldest help out with this, and we managed to fill 800 (!!)  holes pretty quickly.

Filling nail holes in shiplap

After the wood filler dries, we sand the holes and use a roller to prime the wall.

Adding Primer to Shiplap

Once the primer is dry, add paint.  Our wall required one coat of primer plus two coats of paint. Use a brush for the paint since the roller will not reach in the cracks/seams.

Painting Shiplap

Here is a progress shot:

Shiplap Wall DIY Tutorial

And the final wall:

Shiplap Walls

Shiplap Wall Ideas

Shiplap in Kitchen

DIY Shiplap

DIY Shiplap Tutorial

DIY Wall Treatment

We are now the proud owners of a shiplap wall.

Go shiplap something!


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P.S.  Here’s all the stuff that was taken out of my kitchen for the final beauty shots:

Junk from Kitchen



All You Need to Know About Shiplap

Thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the Gaines’ love for shiplap walls has spread like wild fire across the nation.  These wooden boards add dimension and interest to any space.
All You Need to Know About Shiplap

Shiplap is not a new concept.  It is a type of wooden interior wall paneling identified by long horizontal (or vertical panels) with distinctive channels in between the boards. Original shiplap was often used in construction of homes (and other buildings) and has long been popular in areas with harsh climates because of its excellent weather protection.

Today, if it is found underneath wallpaper or drywall, it is essentially the equivalent of finding hardwood underneath carpeting.  However, most of us are not so lucky to rip open a wall and discover shiplap.  Instead, many of us are replicating the look.

Studio McGee has the most beautiful mudroom with shiplap walls:

Mudroom+Storage+||+Studio+McGee Shiplap

Jenna Sue Designs has the most gorgeous shiplap walls in her bathroom.


I decided I needed to add some shiplap to my home, so I started researching DIY tutorials to achieve the shiplap look.

I discovered the three most common ways people achieve shiplap:

  • Ripping down plywood underlayment sheets into planks
  • Installing pre-cut v-groove wood planks
  • Ripping down tempered hardboard into planks

Here are a few great tutorials I found on each option:

 Table and Hearth used plywood underlayment sheets ripped down to 8″ planks:


Bless’er House used pre-cut v-groove wood planks.


And My Love 2 Create advises against using the tempered hardboard she used.  After a lot of work, she managed to DIY a pretty placed wall:

long shot of plank wall, MyLove2Create

I spent last weekend working on my shiplap wall, and I’m excited to share it with you.  Which DIY shiplap tutorial do you think I went with?  Click HERE or on the photo below to find out!



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