"Adding a little shiplap and character to a small arched nook."

I have been eyeing this little nook area since I moved in the house. I knew from he very beginning that I wanted to add some color to this spot but went back and forth on how exactly I wanted to carry it out. Well now its time to show you guys what I came up with!

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The Before

As always, I have to show you a shot of the before, so you can see the full transformation of the project. I love this little reading nook because its small but gives the house a lot of character and now it's really about to stand out with this fun transformation.

before photo of arch nookA lot of folks always ask me about this little reading light and if you missed it I break down all of my home lighting choices in another post. Be sure to check that out as well.

Step 1: Installing the Shiplap

First, I started off by adding the shiplap boards to the wall. I have always loved how clean shiplap looks. I didn't want a farmhouse look, which is what I normally see when I hear shiplap, but I'm using it in hopes for a more modern feel.

I secured the shiplap to the wall with my brad nailer and 2" brad nails. Some people like to use paneling adhesive along with this, which is entirely your choice.Shiplap installedIn order to make the shiplap fit around the existing hardware, I used my jigsaw to make the appropriate cuts for a nice fit.

Jigsaw cut with ryobi jigsaw

Step 2: Prepping the Area for Paint

Once all of the shiplap was installed, it was time to prep the area for paint. First, I went through and filled all of the nail holes and crevice with wood filler. Then I went back through and caulked any areas where there were opening seams. This makes it look seamless.

Installed shiplap with scotch painters tapeI used Scotch Painter's Tape to tape off all of the edges and hardware, so I could have a nice clean line around the painted area. Once that was done, I was ready for paint!

Step 3: Paint the Shiplap Nook

Now its time for paint and I was most excited about this part because I found the absolute best color! I was so excited to try this color out and now I am hooked. 

Painting shiplap nomadic desert Sherwin WilliamsIt was the perfect color to really bring this nook to life and I think it goes perfectly with my wooden floors. I used Sherwin Williams - Nomadic Desert and now I want to paint all of my walls this color. It's just so pretty and so me!

The Reveal

Once the paint was dry, I added in some decor and the arched nook transformation was finished! Even though this was a small project, this paint really made this nook stand out and the pictures honestly don't do it justice.

Shiplap Arch NookWhen you see the before and after side by side, you can really see the difference between the two. I's amazing what a little paint can do to a small space.

before and after installing shiplap

if you are curious about any of the sources in this nook, here ya go!

and that's a wrap. As always, thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley

June 23, 2021 — Ashley Basnight