I decided it was time to try out an idea I had for a little bit of ‘little’ ‘shiplap’. I am taking liberties here, because this is not really proper shiplap, I actually used paint stir sticks for this project. I have been wanting to have a long container for my farmhouse table for centerpieces. I spotted a window box type of planter at the Home Depot. I painted it white and used it for my Spring tablescape blog hop, but it really didn’t look as finished as I would have liked.
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Here it is, a plain rectangular window box or planter before I painted it. Here was the box painted and my fresh flower arrangement put in it. Even though I painted it, this somehow did not look finished to me. Time to create! So began the work…well, to be honest, not for me. My dad who is retired and is going to be 89 years old this August is always looking for something to do, and this was the perfect project for him. We had some scrap wood (and my Christmas tree sign) left in the garage and he went to work making a wooden box that the planter would fit down inside.
When the box was finished I gave it a couple of coats of paint. I knew I was going for a shiplap look, so my final coat of paint was black. I wanted the dark lines to show between the pieces of paint sticks I was going to be using to simulate the shiplap.First I had to trim all of my paint sticks to cut off the indentations. Then it was time to spray paint them white. I love shabby chic and farmhouse projects because nothing has to be “perfect”, it is okay if things are a little crooked, or aren’t totally painted with the same number of coats of paint. I used 12 inch paint sticks from Amazon. It was time to begin gluing my paint sticks to my box. I used a dime to space the paint sticks a uniform distance apart, but after a bit I realized the paint sticks were not all exactly the same size, so I went to just eye-balling the spacing. Again, why I like these kinds of projects! I used Gorilla brand wood glue to attach the paint sticks. I learned that when cutting them with my chop saw, I had to cut through them very slowly. I chopped up a few of the paint sticks before I learned that!Here is my box on the table in all of its imperfect farmhouse style! But wait….I set my planter box down inside my farmhouse box, filled it with ice and used this to ice down white wine and champagne! It was time for a celebration! We used this indoors, but this would be perfect for summertime get-togethers outside for icing down beer, wine or soft drinks! Of course, I really wanted a more finished look for a centerpiece. I once again used my planter to hold the floral foam and water and arrange fresh flowers in my new ‘shiplapped’ box! If you would like to add a little bit of the shiplap look to your home, but don’t want to make the big commitment of a wall, order yourself a box of paint sticks and cover something in your home! It is easy to add a little bit of farmhouse look with a little b it of shiplap!