Thanks to Joanna Gaines, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is at least a little bit obsessed with shiplap. I’d turn my entire house into a sea of shiplap if I could, but I have to keep reminding myself that I wont be in this house long enough for any major cosmetic changes like that. I’ve considered small accent walls, but even that would be a waste of time and effort when we’ll be here for less than 3-4 years. So as a compromise, I’ve started looking into small projects that can get the same look… That’s where I came up with these DIY Shiplap Chargers.
Even though we’ve literally never ate at the dining room table (it’s just two of us in our 20’s, what do you expect?) I love to have it set as if we do. I always have a centerpiece, like this simple farmhouse centerpiece, or something seasonal for Easter or Christmas. And I buy dishes that are just used to look pretty all set up in a tablescape. I have plenty of seasonal charger plates, but none that really worked well for an any-day look. These farmhouse-esque chargers are something that I can keep out all year, or they could work for any event too. They even could work great in a coastal/beachy theme also!
(p.s. you can see me in the spoon with one leg up on the dining table lmao)
To start out, I traced an existing charger four times onto the plywood panel.
Then, with my jigsaw, I cut the four pieces out.
After I cut out my four circles, I cut each board into roughly 14″ pieces, leaving about 8″ pieces left from each board. The 14″ pieces will cover the widest parts of the circle, and the shorter pieces could be the end pieces. I then laid out all the pieces to see how they would fit onto the circular plywood chargers.
Once everything looked good, I put some wood glue on each of the boards.
And then flipped the wood charger onto the boards, plopped a brick or two to keep everything in place, and waited about an hour for everything to dry.
Now is when it starts to come together… Flip the charger over so the boards are on the bottom and you can easily see where you need to trim the excess from the circular panel. You may notice you need to add some more wood glue in certain places, but that’s okay. Just do that once everything is cut out and the glue can dry as the paint drys as well.
The edges were realll rough, so I gave them a good sanding before the first coat of paint. I just had a small sample size of a plain white paint from Home Depot. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the color’s name, but it is just white, no tint or anything. Super simple. It took two coats of this until I felt happy with the look. It wasn’t completely opaque, and you could still see a little bit of the wood grain.
I just let that dry for a couple hours and they were done! I am sooo happy with how these turned out. I love how they are more substantial than a normal plate charger, and they will go with any tablescape I can come up with.
Hopefully you all like my DIY Shiplap Chargers as much as I do! If you do, check out some more of my DIY Projects and Crafts!