How to Make a Shiplap Wall in Your Classroom

     Every good farmhouse classroom needs some shiplap, right? That's what I was thinking as I began planning my classroom decor last summer. The only problem was that I wasn't sure how to make it happen. As I was scouring the internet for a solution (and secretly wondering whether or not my principal would notice if I nailed wooden boards to my wall) I came across this post about faux shiplap. At first it seemed to easy to be true. But the more I read, the more I was convinced this was my solution! The next day I headed to the hardware store for some supplies.

     First, I painted the wall white using Benjamin Moore's White Dove. Then the hard part began. Using a ruler and a pencil, I measured the lines out as straight as I could get them. This was easily the toughest part. Once the lines were drawn, I put painter's tape on the top and bottom of each line. I left about a nickel's width between the two pieces of tape.
     Then, using the same white paint as the wall color, I painted over each line. This is very important to ensure that the line color doesn't bleed and look really splotchy once you take the tape off. Once it was dry, it was time for the line color. I used a simple $0.50 acrylic craft paint in a medium gray color and painted over each line space.

     I am in love with how it turned out! Now I will be honest... it took three long, hard days to paint the wall that is pictured and about the same amount of wall space on the other side of the window. Despite the time I would absolutely do it all over again! Do you have shiplap in your classroom? Tell me all about it below!

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     Hi there! I'm Amanda. I love Jesus, Auburn, and back to school time. Whenever I'm not teaching you might find me relaxing with a good book or helping my husband on the farm. We have cows, but only the first 20 or so have names because apparently you aren't suppose to name your cows (insert eye roll emoji here). 

     While designing my business logo I added some pictures from my husband's family farm. It's just such a sweet reminder to enjoy this season of life, to treasure the simple things, and to be thankful for what the Lord has blessed us with. Teaching in a Small Town isn't just a name; it truly reflects all that I hold dear in my journey as an educator. That small town is the same one where I grew up. It's the one where there is a 60 year old elementary school sitting off the side of the main highway going through town. It's the same elementary school I attended as a child and where I teach now. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to serve and give back to the community that gave me so much.

     Several years ago I gave blogging a try but was never consistent with it. I'm hoping my new website redesign will give me some much needed motivation to stick with it this time around. I plan to fill it with teaching, classroom decor, and much more. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you back soon!

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