DIY Shiplap Wall

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I was so excited after finding out that we were expecting our first child for two reasons:

  1. I was going to be a momma
  2. SHIPLAP!!

We live in a 1930’s colonial home and I hadn't thought of a space well suited for shiplap, until I envisioned a nursery. My goals with installing shiplap were simple: cost effective, easy to create/install, and to look beautiful.

To start you will need to measure the wall(s) you will be shiplapping. We were just doing one wall behind the crib.

What you will need to recreate this look:

  • 1/4 inch plywood (we used 2 sheets to cover a 90 in. X 79 in. wall)
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Table saw
  • Spacer (I looked around the house to find something that was the width I was looking for-- personally I loved the spacing of using two paint sticks :))
  • Glue (optional)

Start by priming or painting the wall(s). We chose to do one coat of the Dutch Boy Platinum Plus paint in Ultra White (Eggshell) that we were going to paint the shiplap so it would be easier to cover any color bleeding through the spaces between the boards.

After the paint dried, we started from the top of the wall and worked our way down. My husband and I decided for the height of the wall (taking into account the trim) we wanted to cut the boards to be four inches wide. Next, it was time to “make a non-pattern,” meaning that we wanted to lay the boards in a way that didn't create any sort of pattern. So in essence we did create a pattern solely to make it appear to be random. :) So confusing!

Then, using a nail gun, drive a nail into each corner of the board. You can either hammer the nail flush with the board or leave it more prominent. I didn't want the nails flush because I liked the rustic touch it had with the nails visible.

Some major dusting will be next on the agenda if you cut the boards inside the house like we did! :) A little rookie mistake on our part but no harm done just a ton of cleaning.

Last, it's time to paint the shiplap boards. Make sure that the boards are sawdust free before starting this step. You could paint or prime the boards ahead of time, but we chose to do this step last. My only caution with painting them after install is you will need to watch for paint puddling or collecting in between the boards. Using Dutch Boy Platinum Plus paint (Ultra White - Eggshell) it took 2 coats to cover. For a weathered look you could distress the edges of the boards using sandpaper or an orbital sander.

Wala! The shiplap wall is complete. My husband and I are thrilled with the final product, it adds the perfect statement behind the crib. 


Leave a comment below if you have any questions OR if you have installed a shiplap wall I would love to hear how it went for you!!