I love the farmhouse styles and although my home is very traditional, I try to accent it with rustic and farmhouse decor occasionally because I just adore the character it adds! Shiplap is one of the most popular trends right now that gives a space that classic farmhouse feel and I have been dying to find a place for some without fully committing to a wall. I had some extra plywood in the garage from the top of my green cabinet makeover HERE and got this idea to make some Shiplap inspired charger plates.
I wasn’t exactly sure how we were going to make it happen because there is always multiple ways to do a project but I’m excited to share how we made ours!
Step 1: Using a Charger Plate, trace the circle to create the cut line.
Step 2: Cut out the circle using a jigsaw
Step 3: Sand down the top, bottom and sides really good. People will touch these so you want the edges pretty smooth and also where it won’t scratch up your table.
Step 4: Draw Cut Lines going with the wood grain! This is important, we did one going against the wood grain and trust us…don’t try it!
Step 5: Using a drimmel and saw blade, cut along your lines, just make sure you don’t cut all the way through the wood! You will want to practice on some scrap wood before you try this on your charger!
Step 6: Briefly sand it again with a fine grit paper
Step 7: Paint! If paint starts pooling in the ridges, use a toothpick to run through them to make sure it doesn’t dry like that and ruin the shiplap appearance! I painted the bottoms also to give it a more finished look in case someone picked them up.
That’s really it! These are FAR from perfect but I still love how they turned out! If I hadn’t been using scrap pine to make this project free, I would have ordered 13” wooden circles online to save us step 1 and 2 and so they would be perfectly circle. But hey – these were using scrap wood (WHICH MEANS FREE) and imperfection is part of DIY projects isn’t it?