How to get the coastal look with pine lining boards

With so much coastline around Australia, there’s no surprise that the coastal look is popular in homes. With some simple pine lining boards from Bunnings, you can easily create the look. Timber Wholesale Consultant Malcolm explains what you need to do to get the look in your home.

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The shiplap look

Pine shiplap boards are essential in creating the classic coastal look. These boards rest on top of each other and lock together to create the look. Malcom recommends the Truchoice white lining boards that are made from 100% Radiata pine. “Available in two sizes, they can be used on interior walls and ceilings, and for the full coastal look, you could even do both.” 

The pine boards are also versatile because you can use them horizontally or vertically. Traditionally, the boards would be laid horizontally. However, laying the boards vertically can help you create an illusion of more height in the room. 

Malcolm also points out that the boards can be used in other ways. “Shelving, furniture, fixings or even art projects can be created using shiplap boards to add to your coastal look.” One thing to note is that the boards aren’t suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms or exterior areas.

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Installation is easy

To install shiplap boards, prepare your surfaces by removing any hardware from the walls, such as power points and light fittings. Next you’ll need to mark out where the wall studs are, and then cut the boards to suit the studs. For a horizontal pattern, work top-down by placing the first board hard up against the ceiling and fix to your studs. Then push the second board hard up underneath the first board you’ve fixed. Give it a light tap with a rubber mallet to make sure they fit together snugly. Then fix into place on the stud in a neat line with the first board and then keep going for the rest of the boards. You can use a jigsaw on your boards to make a cut out for any power points or hardware on your wall that you come across. 

A good tip is to install the bottom board before you get too low down on the wall. This is because you may find that your boards aren’t the right fit for the wall height. Finally cut the board lengthways to fit the gap between the bottom and third bottom board and you’ll be finished in no time.

Time to get painting

Truchoice pine radiata boards are already primed so you won’t need to give them an undercoat. All you need to do is choose the colour you will paint them. For the coastal look, Malcolm suggests a classic high-gloss white from a trusted paint brand. “It will give the room a fresh, clean feel that is essential for the coastal look.”

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Accessorise and you’re done

To finish off your coastal look, all you need to do is add some natural textures. This can be with a rug, some timber furniture or a themed art piece and you’ll feel closer to the sea in no time.

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