Today I’m going to show you how to install your very own shiplap wall!!!! Yay! For beautiful, white shiplap walls in your house!
(We still needed to redo our fireplace at this point, but you get the shiplap idea.)
We just jumped on the shiplap wall bandwagon, and I have to say, I’m hooked! I may be already planning to slowly convert every single wall in my house to shiplap, but I’m waiting to break the news to my hubby!😜😆
I feel like we actually started out with the hardest wall in our house because of the fireplace and windows, so I feel like it will be a cake walk from here on out! At least, that’s what I’m planning on telling my hubby when I convince him the whole house needs shiplap now!😬😂
Shall we get this shiplap party started already!?!? I think so!!!!!
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- Shiplap. We got ours from Lowe’s, and it cost us …..and it looks like this.
- Chop Saw. We always recommend this Chop Saw if you don’t have one yet.
- Pencil. I think you might be able to get one of those;)
- White Paint of your choice. We used this kind. I should have thought to take the picture before we used it, but nope!:)
- Tape Measure. We’ve always used this one and it works great for us!
- Level. This is the level we use if you need one.
- Nail Gun. My husband loves the Dewalt Brand so we recommend this nail gun.
- Finishing nails. Here’s some if you need them.
- Possible Jigsaw or Table-saw. We like this jigsaw if you need one.
- mask and goggles for cutting your wood.
- Painting supplies: Painters tape and a brush or roller, or both! We used both.
- Trimming if you don’t think the edges of your shiplap look perfect the way they are.
Now that you’ve got your materials, let’s get started!
- Gather up all your materials.
- Measure the width of your wall from end to end and then mark your shiplap board accordingly. I forgot to take pictures of these steps, but I know you guys can handle this part with no visuals!😄
- Make your cut using your chop saw. My Husband used the jigsaw here because it was the tiniest little piece that he had to cut off of the end.
- Starting at the ceiling, place your cut shiplap on the wall. Check this first piece with a level because your ceiling might not be level. (If it is not level, nail your board in straight and fill the extra gap with caulking.) If your ceiling is nice and level, grab your nail gun and nail that board into the wall so that it’s nice and secure. We nailed the boards where we knew the shiplap would overlap so you wouldn’t be able to see the nails as well. *If you’re working on a super tall wall, like a 2 story open wall, then start at the bottom and work your way up. You want to be comfortable doing it before you get super high on that ladder and install your shiplap.
- From there you can keep going down with your boards, BUT you do need to measure each new wall length because the wall can be uneven. What length the top part of the wall is may be different from the middle, or the bottom.
- Once you get to the bottom you may not have enough room left for a whole board to go in. This is where the jigsaw or table saw would be used to cut the board down to the width of your space. This same technique may also be necessary if you have a window on your wall. We had two windows where ,of course, we only needed a tiny little sliver of a piece to fit between the last piece of shiplap and the window, so we cut that with the jigsaw. Check out this tiny little sliver we had to cut!The picture above shows one side finished and the other side not done yet! This was our 1/2 way done point!
- After you’ve installed all your boards, you paint them with however many coats you feel will get you to that amazing shiplap look. If you’re painting more than one coat, let each coat dry for at least two hours before you paint your next coat. We used two coats on ours.
- That’s it!! You’re now officially in the super elite shiplap club that I just made up!😆😉
- Way to go!!!!
Stay tuned for how we made the mantle you see above, how we laid the brick, and what we used for the bottom half of our fireplace! Hint: That’s not tile!! Way easier and cheaper! Come back soon and I’ll give you all the DIY goods!
Thanks so much for coming, and I hope you enjoy your new shiplap!
The Decor Mama