DIY Faux Shiplap Wall

How to build a DIY faux shiplap wall with this full tutorial using tongue-in-groove planks.DIY Faux Shiplap Wall | Bless'er House

Shiplap! Shiplap! Shiplap! Shiplap! This will make that reference make way more sense:

Y’all, I’m not even kidding you. There are days I think I should just put Robert on camera because he and Chip Gaines act like brothers separated at birth. (And the type where you think, “Thank goodness these two guys most likely will never be in the same room because the world might implode from all the hilarious shenanigans.”)

But maybe every Fixer Upper crazed wife thinks that about her hubs at some point. Every time we watch a show, Robert’s typical comment about Chip is, “Man, this dude is my hero.”

Last weekend, Robert was my hero though because he gave me…wait for it…shiplap! (You already knew that from the title of this post, but just pretend you were surprised, kay?)

I showed y’all last week the ideas I had brewing in my head for our quickie foyer makeover we’re currently working on.

Here’s how our foyer was looking a week ago:

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It was okay. But that’s just it…okay. There is no natural light in our foyer, so white shiplap is the perfect solution to brighten up the space and provide that farmhouse-y character we’re always after. We went for the easy over cheaper solution this time around (Gasp! I know, right?).

We really didn’t feel like ripping plywood into strips and balancing coins between boards, and we thought this would be a much quicker project. Heh…nope. We maybe shaved off an hour’s time, but shiplap walls are no joke time-consuming.

Here’s what we used:

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Lola has to supervise, as usual.

Altogether, the wood, paint, spackling, and caulk cost about $140. We could have saved about $30 if we’d bought plywood to cut into strips, but the v-groove planks saved a lot of headache from the other bajillion shiplap tutorials I’ve read out there.

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Once we moved our foyer table out of the way (which is due for a makeover session), this is what we were working with.

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And this…

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99% of our projects are fueled by substantial amounts of coffee…and a little turtle power.

Robert and Olivia both have been on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick lately and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever watching them “ninja” in the living room.

The Steps:

We measured our 10 ft wall first knowing that our 8 ft boards would be 2 feet too short. So we cut and alternated as we worked our way up the wall.

We started at the bottom of the wall first above our baseboard, but you could start at the top if you preferred.

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Thankfully, we only have one outlet, but it was tricky. I held up one board while Robert traced the outlet to cut out with the jigsaw before nailing to the wall.

You can opt to put in an outlet extender to push the cover over top of the wood planks, but we faired fine without one.

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We continued to alternate wood plank sizes using 8 ft and 2 ft planks, each with a little wiggle room since our wall wasn’t totally square. Some of our planks were off from our 2 ft mark by a few inches so we made sure to measure before doing any cuts on our saw.

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You can get a better idea of our plank sizes here before Robert put in a 2 ft plank.

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After a few hours, okay more like a day, our shiplap was up! At the very top, we added a strip of quarter round molding to fill in the gap and make the wall look finished.

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We used caulk on all of the edges of the wall and spackling in the nail holes.

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I smoothed out the spackling with a putty knife and sanded down any rough spots once it was dry.

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Then paint. It took 2 coats of paint/primer in one. I used the color Sherwin Williams Pure White mixed into Valspar this time around. I ended up using less than half a gallon.

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My photography was less than stellar on this. After 3 days of nailing, cutting, caulking, and painting, I was ready to be done! But I’m so excited how it turned out. And I’m sort of bummed that you can hardly see the pretty definition in these pictures. This foyer is tricky to photograph.

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Already though, this space has brightened up so much! I can’t wait to start loading in all of the decor. Now that this hard part is over, the real fun can begin.

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You’ll be seeing more of this space in the next week or two as we finish it up.

Are you a fan so far? Do you go bonkers crazy over some shiplap too? Do you have some anywhere in your house? Or gasp! Even the real kind? I’ll be a teensy bit jealous if you do.

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82 Comments

  1. It looks awesome! I’m a huge fan of shiplap too and really NEED a shiplap wall in my home! Been trying to talk Mr DIY into the project, but I know it’s a lot of work. I love your dark blue door against those white walls…truly swoon worthy 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! It definitely is a weekend’s worth of work, but it’s so worth it. Hope you get to have one for yourself one day. 🙂

  2. I love this!! I badly want a shiplap wall in my house but don’t know where to put it. I don’t really have a smaller separated wall space like this. Maybe someday I’ll figure out where I can put one! In the meantime I’m drooling over yours!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I have the opposite problem. I want one on 5 other walls in our house. It’s a predicament. Haha Hopefully, one day you can figure out where to put one too though.

  3. I live in a 100 year old Victorian. All ship lap walls. I recently had the entire first floor painted and had some Sheetrock repairs done. The ship lap unfortunately is not as pretty as what I see on Fixer Upper. It would take a lot of work to get it to look like that. Sigh. It was tempting but I decided to cover it back up. Love your solution. Looks fabulous!

    1. Wow! What I would give to wander in awe through a 100 year old Victorian. I bet it has so much character. I’m sure the real shiplap that is in great shape is very hard to come by. They make it look so easy on TV. And the shows where they pull up old gross carpet and there is somehow magically gorgeous, perfect hardwood underneath? So not fair. 😉

  4. I love it!!!! I have been wanting to do this to our entry – it’s on the very long list of wishes around here. I’m totally cracking up though – your hubs sounds a lot like mine. I think we should get them altogether while we are at a conference & see what sort of damage they can do while unsupervised. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Gina! I wonder if all of us DIY bloggers have husbands with a streak of crazy. I mean, they’d have to be to put up with us, right? Haha My husband has said he’d love to come along with me to Haven or even Snap next year. So maybe! Everyone else better watch out.

  5. Wow! I love the wall, it looks amazing! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. I wish I had a good place to do this in my home. You can bet I’ll be putting a lot of thought into that.

  6. Love it! What finish of paint did you use? Semi-gloss? Also, what is the color name of your blue front door?! Thanks!!

    1. Thanks, Meg! I actually used satin because for some reason, our builder used satin on our trim. Makes no sense to me since I always though semi-gloss was the typical trim finish. But I actually like that it’s not super shiny. I really wish I knew the name of the color of our front door, but it was the builder’s color requirement for our neighborhood and they picked the color.

  7. We just did this in our entry too! It added some character to our tiny entry. Like you we don’t have a lot of natural light in the entry so I painted it the same color as the walls keeping everything light. Great job on your wall! We did ours about a month ago and still love it.

    1. Oh cool! I’ll have to check it out! Totally agree. It’s the best for brightening up a typically dark room.

  8. Love it!! I was thinking of doing it on my foyer wall to create a mudroom and storage for coats and kids stuff!!! You inspired me. I also love your foyer light fixture. Did you buy it or was it a DIY project??? Thanks for your blogs!!

  9. Love it! I’m Canadian and I had never heard the term ‘shiplap’ until I watched Fixer Upper. (love that show too!!!) I guess we would just call it wood panelling?? I don’t know. Great job!!!!!

  10. Eeek! Lauren, I’m so jealous of your foyer right now!!! There is a huge section of wall in our living room that I can’t wait to give this treatment to, but haven’t had the time or budget for it yet. Mind if I stare dreamily at yours pretending its mine? Thanks!

    1. Haha! Stare away. I’d shiplap our entire house if I could…if it wouldn’t take forever and a day and cost a fortune. Hope you get a chance to try it out in your house sometime.

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