January 25, 2017

Rustic Barn Shiplap -How to

Have you ever had a dream? I had a dream. I wanted to work with Home Depot. I wanted to be the Martha Stewart of the HD world. When I first started, I imagined an employee wearing an orange apron taking a needy customer by the hand and escorting them down isle 18. Over the paint and through wood, to my stain. I've talked a little about how this journey started. For the sake of your sanity, I'm going to speed it up a little. After I invented the stain, I got projects with some of the largest architecture companies in the world. I instantly began asking myself if my clients wanted the stain or stained wood. 

Now, if you find yourself starting a business and not knowing which direction to go, I'd like for you to remember a line from my mentor, Ron Lindorf, "go to the library." I went to the library and started reading. Some of the books that stood out to me were "Lean Startup," and "Nail It Then Scale It." In both of those books, they will help you find a path to reasonable solutions. So in a nut shell, this is how I go from inventing a stain company, to my husband inventing a wood company. Next week I'll tell you how we went from Mom and Pap shops, to Big Box: HOME DEPOT!


  • Nails should be stainless steel, high tensile strength aluminum, or galvanized.
  • Stud finder 
  • 4" Rustic Barn Alder Trim, if desired


1. Square Footage
First, determine the amount of lumber you will need. You will need to determine the square footage of your space by multiplying the length x width of your project, making sure to subtract for windows and doors.

2. Quantity
Next determine how much siding to purchase. Use the charts below to determine coverage on your Dingewood purchase.

3. Horizontal Application
In horizontal application, start at the bottom and work up, with the groove edges facing downwards. Leave a gap .5” at each wall to allow for expansion and contraction. Siding up to 6 inches wide can be blind nailed with one siding nail per bearing toe-nailed through the base of each tongue. See the drawing below.

4. Nails
Nails should be installed at an angle so they cannot work their way back out of the wood. Nails should be applied with enough force that they must penetrate 1-1/4 inches into solid wood and are flush with the wood.

5. Rows
Measure the length of the wall for your first row and install your first board. Butt the second board against the first and work across the wall, until the final piece of the first row. Make any necessary cuts for the last piece and install. Check every few rows that you are still parallel with the first row or the wall. To fill the wall exactly, it may be necessary to fit a board or two together loosely.

Download Instructions: Link

You can see the 4" trim best on this photo. I gives the project a clean edge and is especially suitable for smaller projects, like a feature wall or headboard. 

It's such a trip to see the products you created, designed and sweated over end up in the store of your dreams! Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you tomorrow for the party.

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  1. That's so awesome that you took control of your life and your dreams and made them happen! I'm so happy for you and your husband that you are seeing the fruits of your labor! I've always told my kids "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in our life" and fortunately that's worked out for them.

    I had dreams when i was younger, but got married too young and let my life go by. I'm only 50, but at 40 I started having health problems and am about to have my 11th surgery. So i dont dream anymore, It ended before it started.
    So, kudos to you and your husband!! I hope you both got an orange vest!!

    1. Thank you for your heart felt response! This is been an incredible journey, as any entrepreneur can attest. but it's also the most worthwhile business endeavor I could imagine. Just from the perspective of personal growth, it tries you on every level. I hope you kids listened to you, you are a very wise woman. Much love! xo


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