Cozy Reading Nook - Shiplap & Lights

Introduction: Cozy Reading Nook - Shiplap & Lights

About: I am an obsessed DIYer, Woodworker, and home flipper. I am not a professional or have any training, so I just pick the project I want to tackle and figure it out step by step. I picked up my first project at…

Hey everyone! Welcome to my newest project and my favorite project!

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Today, I will be making a cozy reading nook and letting you in on the secrets to making this work and look nice.

I have all of the materials, tools, and steps listed throughout this page so you can follow right along. There is also a video I've made on this on my YouTube channel you can check out HERE. Just make sure you subscribe :)

Let's go!



Step 1: Measure, Cut, and Sand

This project is SIMPLE. Really - it's easy and you don't need many tools.

Begin by measuring the area - mine was just under 4ft so I could use 1 of the 8ft tongue and groove boards to cover 2 rows without much waste.

I also made sure to measure near the floor, measure in the middle of the wall, and then measure close to the ceiling just in case you have any crooked walls.

After measuring, go ahead and cut all the pieces to size and do a quick sanding on just the faces.

For the quarter round (you'll see these images during install), cut them to the height of your wall and make a 45 degree angle on the top for a mitered edge.

Step 2: Cut Out Switch and Outlet Holes

I had a couple of outlets on this wall that I needed to take into consideration.

Since mine are low to the floor - I dry fit my boards up to the height of the outlets and took measurements this way.

If you're doing a light switch or something that is higher up the wall, you can always cut the holes out after you stain and begin fastening the boards to the wall.

To cut, drill out the 4 corners and then use a jigsaw or hand saw to cut out the squares.

Step 3: Staining Time!

This becomes a personal preference piece of the project.

I wanted something lighter than my usual Dark Walnut projects and chose Early American by Minwax.

Always use pre-stain first, let it dry 5-15 minutes, and then hit it with the stain.

After 4 hours of letting the stain dry, it is safe to clear coat with polyurethane. I only used 1 coat of the clear coat because I didn't want it to be too shiny.

Finally, just knock down any bubbles and bumps on the stain by lightly sanding with a very fine sandpaper.

Step 4: Install the Boards

Here comes the really fun part (no one likes staining and sanding).

Setting your first board on straight will set you up for success moving forward - use a level and start nailing it on.

I'm using 2" brad nails but you can always go shorter if you'd like. Drywall is only 3/4" thick at a max.

Step 5: Outlets and Receptacles

For outlets, light switches, or other receptacles, you can use outlet extenders to "extend" out these things and make it flush with your new wall. They are fairly cheap and really easy to install. Make sure you turn off your power first!

Step 6: Finish Up the Install

The last thing I'll note on this basic part of the installation process is that you should point your nail gun at a downwards angle. This not only better supports the tongue and groove boards, but it also gets the nail out of the way for the next board.

If you shoot it straight across, the grooves of the next board will hit those nails and won't go down.

Sorry - 1 more thing: I used liquid nails and just placed a tiny bit on the back of the boards to hold them on better as well. Not necessary, but I try to build things to where they could support an elephant.

Step 7: Trim Edges and Last Board

More than likely, your last board will not fit perfectly with the ceiling.

You'll just have to rip that board using a table saw or skill saw. There will be a gap up top, but don't worry, we have quarter round to cover that.

Fasten on the quarter round and the general shiplap look is now complete!

Step 8: Hang the Lights and Decorate

The hard part is all done! It's now time to put on your designer hat and make this a cozy place for you to enjoy.

We chose some string lights off of Amazon with edison bulbs and hung them up in a staggered pattern.

The pillows were also purchased online and this whole project has now become one of the quickest, and most beautiful ones I have done in a while!

I really hope you enjoyed this project - you can check out the video of this process HERE

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Thank you so much! Reach out with any questions!

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    2 years ago

    You say Ship Lap, but your pictures show Tongue and Groove. :)
    There is a difference.

    Looks nice!


    2 years ago

    This thing is so cool
    Can you make me one! LOL