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Coffee bar revamp

When we were building the house, I could not wait to see the finished kitchen. The Coffee Bar corner was the one place I was the most excited for. It’s no secret: I love my coffee. We had decided to go with black chalk wall with a couple of shelves for all of my mugs.

While I absolutely LOVED how it turned out, it has been the backdrop of many Instagram photos, the novelty wore out. I realized I hadn't changed the chalk message in months, and it was just looking old and dated.

Marsida Salku

Freshening the space

Time for a refresher! To match the rest of the kitchen, which has white shiny subway tiles from counter to ceiling, we decided on white. It’s funny that my favorite room in the house is completely monochrome and yet I'm super obsessed with colour. Maybe one day I'll have my bright colored dream kitchen.

I immediately thought of shiplap. The space is pretty small, so this option was perfect for us: easy and quick to install.

We ordered the shiplap online at RONA and it was ready for us to pick up shortly after. We went inside to pick out the paint and some tools Jesse was missing.


Installing the shiplap

The best part about shiplap is that you don't have to worry about the color or shape of the what’s underneath. We didn’t have to paint the wall or sand it down. The shiplap just gets nailed on top – it’s that easy!

It only took 9 simple steps to make any space feel bright and new again.

  1. Paint the boards. They are already primed which is awesome, so 1-2 quick coats of paint and you are good to go.
  2. Clear out the surface you are working on. Outlet covers, shelves, picture frames (a hundred coffee mugs) should all be removed while the paint is drying.
  3. Find and mark the studs using a stud finder.
  4. Measure the length of the wall and cut the boards accordingly once they’re dried.
  5. Start at the top, place the first board and secure it with a nail gun.
  6. Place the next piece into the groves of the previous one and secure.
  7. Repeat until you have reached the bottom.
  8. Use a jigsaw to cut out the holes if there’s an outlet on the wall.
  9. Touch up nail marks with paint.

The total amount spent on this project was under $200 and I cannot believe the difference it has made. It brightened up the space in no time and now it matches the rest of the kitchen better.

Marsida Salku
Mother of 5, Marsida shares her family’s travels, home decor, and food in her blog.

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