My parents recently bought a quaint cottage in our bay side neighborhood. They’re thrilled to finally own a vacation home which has been their lifelong dream. They plan to spend as much time here as possible and more than likely retire here one day. Bonus, it’s just a few blocks away from us (and has a huge garage!). Never did we imagine that we’d all end up as neighbors just blocks from the water. Actually I guess we did imagine just that but never thought it would happen so soon!
The three bedroom cottage needs some TLC to bring out its fullest potential. Right now it is basically just a blank canvas, inside and out. Over the holiday break we made decorating plans for each room beginning with the living areas. And of course, my mom and I cut to the fun stuff and bought a few accessories although we’re obviously nowhere near styling just yet.
I’m very excited about the feature wall my dad and I are collaborating on in the family room. This wall had a terrible texture and not in a faux finish way but more of a botched up drywall tape way. There might even be some wallpaper under there too. Who knows. The home is 50-60 years old.
We decided to go cottage chic and create a horizontal plank wall using packaged white wood tongue & groove shiplap from Lowe’s. After the wood was acclimated to the home’s environment, it was time for installation. There is not a level surface in this vintage cottage so leveling the first panel was tough.
Subsequently each board went on smoothly using liquid nails to attach it to the wall and brad nails to secure it. Now that the entire wood wall is installed, it’s time for paint!
It is tempting to paint the plank wall bright white and call it a day but you probably guessed that I’d have another idea. This is raw shiplap wood paneling. Raw wood is the best kind of wood for milk paint. It will absorb into the wood like a stain. Currently we are experimenting with different finishes and techniques to create a look similar to driftwood. Here are a few of the samples.
I think I am leaning toward ‘linen over curio’.
‘Linen over typewriter’ isn’t bad either but more gray than tan.
I’ll have to check in with my clients and see what they think. Which is your favorite combination for a beachy, driftwood look without going too dark?