Shiplap is a trend in home design that isn’t likely to fade any time soon. It’s so popular that you might have noticed your neighbors integrating this wall style into their plans when they’re organizing renovations and upgrades to their own houses. Alternatively, you might have been inspired by the home improvement shows you’ve binge-watched to pass the time while staying at home. In any case, we’ve got some tips to help you paint your shiplap more effectively!
Choosing the Right Type of Paint
Before you can begin, you’ve got to decide what kind of paint you’re using. This choice ultimately depends on the type of shiplap that is in play. Wooden materials call for a water-based paint-and-primer blend. Although that sounds expensive, it’ll end up saving you quite a bit of time, money, and frustration.
Picking the Proper Paint Sheen
Then you’ll have to determine which paint sheen you need. As you do this, strive to strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality. Although flat sheen is beautiful, it is also tricky to clean. Meanwhile, you’ll want to use semi-gloss sheens for kitchens and dining rooms.
Painting Brand New Shiplap
Installing some new shiplap isn’t that hard. Unfortunately, there are a few steps you need to take before you can complete that phase. For instance, paint it before you add it to the walls. That way, you can coat the edges more easily.
Sealing It Against Water Damage
The concept of interior design looks to unify several different aspects of a residence. What do we mean? Take, for example, engineered hardwood. Engineered wood behaves differently than its natural counterpart. This material is also known as medium density fiberboard or MDF. Seal it with an oil-based primer and then add a water-based paint finished with Urethane Enamel for maximum durability. Given the high humidity associated with summer weather, you’ll be glad you did this when your walls start sweating along with you.
Concealing Unsightly Holes and Gaps
Even if you aren’t staging your home for potential buyers, you’ll still want to make it as pleasing to the eye as you can. To that end, you’ve got to hide any holes or gaps on the walls. The shiplap can also have these issues, but at least that is easy enough to fix. Use spackle or caulk before you start your painting adventure, and there you go!
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