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Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

A Quick Entryway Makeover with DIY Shiplap Walls


Let me start by saying sorry to my email subscribers for the random “Gg”-titled email a few days ago. I accidentally published a post that just had two random pictured for another post in it. Don’t even ask me how that happened… I promise today’s post is real!

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Yes, we are making over the nursery. Yes, you may know we’ve also started renovating our bathroom (more on that Monday morning). Yes, we also did a small makeover in our entryway because I am a crazed pregnant woman whose idea of nesting is completing ALL of the not yet completed/started projects we ever planned around the house. Blame it on the fact that we’re having twins and I’m afraid we wouldn’t get to any of these things for at least another 3 years if we didn’t do them RIGHT NOW! I obviously have the world’s most patient husband, who comes home from a long day of work to appease me by completing tasks from the 3 to-do lists we I have on the go.

Now let’s get to the actual makeover!

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

The entry to our house is small and a bit cramped. It’s just a basic hallway, and we don’t really have a dedicated closet, either – just a huge walk-in closet/pantry that we don’t really like to open up to our guests because it’s a bit awkward and we store a LOT of stuff in there, so it’s not pretty. Here’s what I’m talking about:


entry before

The plans for this space included removing the fake trim work on the bottom. It is SO poorly done and consists of random pieces of baseboard and other trim. I also hate that taupe colour, which is unfortunately the colour of our entire main floor living space – but that’s going to change soon, according to the to-do list!

entry before 2

We also wanted to change out the ugly boob light. Our house was FILLED with boob lights, and we have been slowly replacing them all (I think we have 4 left).

I considered some really simple flush mounts, but this is the entry – the first impression our house makes to our guests, and because our main floor is so small, this space is very visible, so I really wanted to have something that would provide great light (needed in a tight hallway) and look good doing it! I started by looking through Parrot Uncle’s flush mount ceiling lights, and there were a lot to choose from. You can also click here for more chandelier ceiling lights, since some of these aren’t exactly a flush mount. These were some of my clear favourites:

Parrot Uncle Lighting Choices



So which one did I choose? Keep reading to see!

The first thing I did was paint the bottom part where the shiplap would go in white primer so that I didn’t have to compete with the taupe once the panels were put in.

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

The top part got two coats of light grey paint (Dolphin Fin 790C-3 by Behr) and that included that crazy ugly doorbell box. The gold and brown were not working for me…

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

I headed to The Home Depot and got some 1/8″ particle board and one of their lovely staff members kindly cut 3 sheets of the stuff into 6″ strips. Since the panels are 8′ long, and my hallway is only about 6′, the job was made pretty easy. I used nickels as spacers and a some ‘No More Nails‘ for paneling and moulding so that the panels don’t warp over time, then primed everything. The picture ledge on top was made with some 1×3, 1×2 and 5/16×1-1/16 pieces, which were both nailed and screwed onto the wall for extra security.

use nickels as spacers for faux shiplap wall

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

Once everything was installed, I put the baseboards back on and painted it all white (Falling Snow PPU18-07 by Behr). It’s pretty important to use a paintbrush to get in between the boards, but thankfully all it took was one coat. Hand cramps galore!

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

Now all that was left to be done was add some hooks, and I just ended up removing the hooks from the wooden piece they were previously on and spaced them a little farther apart on the wall. Once the kids are a little bigger, I might add some smaller hooks down low, but before doing all of that, I couldn’t help but start to plan out where the artwork would go on the rail. Priorities, right?

DIY faux shiplap walls - The Learner Observer

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

 The picture rail basically holds all of the art that used to be on the gallery wall around the TV. This is a MUCH better place for all of these frames, and I love that it’s so easy to change over artwork anytime I want. I already moved things around about 13 times before taking these pictures!

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

So now the pressing question remains: which light fixture did I choose? Parrot Uncle didn’t make my job easy, because there were truly SO many great options to choose from! Well given my love for black and brass, the fact that our front door is painted black on the inside, and that the look of the entry would now be quite informal with shiplapped walls and hooks, I chose number 5. I am in love with it, you guys! It’s THE perfect fixture for our space, understated enough that it doesn’t stand out too much, but still this little guy makes himself known.

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

I opted for a regular LED lightbulb because the Edison bulbs just did not give enough light – and we tried about 3 of them! So, even though they’re gorgeous, for a front hallway we really had to go for something much brighter.

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

One more change we made to the entry was getting rid of the chalkboard wall, which was basically the first thing people saw when coming in. Because I got rid of that huge mirror that was on the wall, I was missing the fact that we had a spot to do that final check before leaving the house. I found THE most perfect mirror to compliment the brass in the new light fixture, and made another small shelf to be custom fitted to the small wall and so we can stop using the countertop or the ledge on our half wall as a spot for odds and ends. This way we also keep a spot for keys, which is important since we got used to always putting car keys in the same spot as we come into the house. All I did was add some hooks to the bottom of the shelf – easy peasy!

Chalkboard wall before


Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge - The Learner Observer

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

I also love this little wall. I love that it’s white now! I thought I would miss the black, but the space feels so much fresher and cleaner in white.

Entryway makeover with faux shiplap and a DIY picture ledge

So that concludes this insanely wordy post about a teeny tiny entryway! Here’s a quick before and after so you can see how this small space has changed.

Entryway makeover with DIY faux shiplap and a picture ledge - The Learner Observer

I really just want to mention one more thing, and this was by NO means something I was asked to do. Parrot Uncle was AMAZING to work with, and I would strongly recommend you look into them the next time you want an awesome light fixture (or cool bulbs and accessories) delivered right to your front door. The packaging was amazing, the people I dealt with were fantastic, and considering these come from the other side of the world, delivery was crazy fast. They honest to goodness did not ask me to say that, I just felt like I had to mention it because it’s true, and like I said at the beginning of the post, I gotta keep it real.

Alright, now I gotta get back to the nursery/bathroom reno/painting the living room! See you back here real soon, and have a great day!!

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  • Reply Danica

    Soooooooo amazing! Seriously! I love how you have the ledge for pictures. AND that wall from chalk paint to white! AHHH I really love all of it! Also, is Parrot Uncle Canadian? We all know I am going to need lights!

    October 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, girl!!! I am SO glad I decided against shiplap all the way up and went for the picture rail, and also, I never thought I’d be so happy to see a chalkboard go! haha I loved it for a while, but the white just feels a million times brighter and better! Parrot Uncle isn’t Canadian, and their shipments all come from China, but they were really awesome to work with, regardless. I can send you a bit more info in an email :)

      October 28, 2015 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    It looks amazing . You always accomplish what you have in mind. Such a great work for who is 29 weeks pregnant. Love it

    October 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    Okay. First, you’re crazy! How can you take on so many makeovers at one time?! And while pregnant?! With twins?! You guys are insane. But second, the insanity is paying off because great job. it’s looks awesome. And third, I love the light. That was my first choice, and I think it’s a perfect fit for your space.

    October 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      haha I’m not going to lie, there are moments when I feel like I have gone insane for taking all of this on, but with 2 on the way, it’s really now or never. There’s just no way we’ll be able to accomplish these things once the babies come, and I’m sure we won’t want to! Thanks so much, Julia! I’m insanely happy with the light fixture and how airy and light it is – both visually and physically!

      October 28, 2015 at 7:31 am
  • Reply vasantiago84

    I love it!! Such a difference a small makeover can make..

    Honestly, I’m just as bad with multi-projecting, LOLOL.. I finally finished one..

    October 28, 2015 at 10:55 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Sometimes the small makeover pack the most punch! Also, this whole multi-tasking with all of the projects is so bad for my ORC project. I swear, this nursery is so not getting done!

      October 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Kristi

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about it!

    October 29, 2015 at 8:47 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Kristi! Now to paint all of the walls white because I’m officially obsessed. Haha

      October 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life

    I don’t blame you for wanting to get some projects out of the way! :) You did an amazing job on this and I love the lighting you chose!

    November 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Joann!!

      December 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Jane @SustainMyCraftHabit

    So nice! Love the brightness and the picture shelves are fantastic. I can’t believe you’re doing all this pregnant with twins. You are amazing! Pinned your ideas for our hallway re-do!

    November 26, 2015 at 6:53 am
    • Reply Thalita

      When nesting kicks in, it knows no bounds, apparently! Haha Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning!!!

      December 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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