Yesterday, I was searching Google for a photograph that would inspire me enough to recreate it on canvas. Most of the time I use my own photos, but this time I was searching for bird photos. While looking at photos of chickens, I inadvertently came across a You-Tube video by Paul McCartney. The video is called “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”. I’m putting a link of the video so you can watch. I warn you. It’s graphic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TON3BxTxg Throughout the video, I watched all sorts of animal abuses that are performed at modern, factory farms. I had just finished my lunch and flossed my teeth to remove the sliver of pork steak that was wedged between them. As Paul McCartney narrated the video, I watched, in horror, abuses farm animals undergo. I kept thinking, are these abuses tolerated so that I can eat meat? I would describe some of the details of the video to you, but have a hard time writing them. Despite the sickening feeling swelling up in my stomach, I did continue to watch the video to completion; however, not without shedding tears and feeling like my lunch would literally haunt me. I’m already talking to my family about “going vegetarian” and if we could adjust to such extreme changes in our diet. I need to shed some pounds, the mechanic said he’d eat what I put in front of him, and my 19 year old daughter is apprehensive about B-12 deficiency. So, vegetarianism begins? Stay tuned.
Mr. Mechanic and I started by purchasing two 4-x-8 plywood sheets from Lowe’s. We needed to shiplap a 6×6 wall and one board would have left us two shiplap boards short. (Now I have extra boards for my next shiplap project.) The plywood we purchased is sized at 96 inches by 48 inches and cost $13.48 for each sheet. By cutting the plywood into 6 inch wide planks we knew that we could get 8 boards per plywood sheet! The nice folks at Lowe’s cut these boards into 6 inch wide strips for us! The plywood we chose is pre-primed and looks pink! Check out the plywood link to see exactly what we purchased. If you’re a military family like us, don’t forget to get your 10% military discount at Lowe’s.
We used a stud finder to find and mark our wall studs. I drew a pencil line from top to bottom where the studs were. We wanted to make sure that all of our nails would go into a stud.
Making sure that our plank was level, we nailed it to the studs. (the pencil marks for our studs was our guide to help us see where our studs were.) We used nails near the top and bottom of each board to help prevent any warping at a later time. We used a nail gun but you can nail it by hand too. At this point, I would finish painting the plank, making sure to fully paint the top edge of the plank too. Small seams will make it where the wall shows through. We made sure the seams that were showing were painted the same as the planks. To help achieve this, while painting my top edge and face of my planks, I also painted the wall above the plank about an inch.
We continue up the wall, attaching and painting as we went. When we got to the light fixture, Mr. Mechanic removed it.
Perfect fit; I do my happy dance!
Once all the planks were installed, we decided to finish off our edges of shiplap by installing some trim. We used inside corner wall panel molding that we purchased at Lowe’s, but you can really use any kind of molding that you like.
Note: see how I refinished these vinyl (Thermafoil) cabinets in this blog under “Thermafoil cabinet makeovers”
See all my scratches around the edges of the mirror? Ugghh, I felt so stupid and angry at myself. I knew this mirror would have to go to Over The Mountain Glass to be repaired because those bitty scratches would drive me crazy. This bargain of mine was going to cost me after all, and all because of my lack of foresight. Oh, I thought I was safe by covering my other mirror with tape. Remember mistake number 3? When I was sanding with the rotary sander I actually bumped the mirror BEYOND the tape. Both mirrors had to be replaced. This was a $130.oo mistake. By the way, the original mirrors were in almost perfect condition when I got them. JEEEZZE-O-Man was I sick!
I think I can make it so I'm constanly proving to myself that I can!