This is the tutorial you’ve all been waiting for! SHIPLAP. Oh yes, I am letting you in on the secret to how we totally made over our lumpy, bumpy living room wall into a fabulous farmhouse chic entryway. The best part? We did it all on a tight budget! And it was so easy Thomas, (my husband) wants to add it to other areas in the house! Score!!!
Now lets be honest. This is a faux shiplap wall. But really no one would notice without studying it, that it’s not authentic tongue and grove Texas pine like what Joanna Gaines is so known for uncovering under plaster. But did I already mention the price tag? Authentic shiplap would cost about $78 for 6 unfinished boards you can find [here].
My cost for our 200 square foot wall? About $60… paint and all.
Now along with anything do your homework… depending on where you live you may be able to find supplies locally for more convenience or a better price. For the purposes of this blog, and the fact that I have readers nationally and internationally, I am linking products from big box national retailers. However, we did buy the lumber from the local lumber yard so, I really couldn’t beat the customer service or convenience, yay for small businesses! (And a hint for the locals who read my blog.)
Let’s begin shall we? As with every project, one must first gather your supplies. Some are optional but most are required to make this project work properly. Adjust depending on your environment or size of project.
Plywood- Link [HERE].
Miter or Circular Saw- This is ours for reference: [HERE].
Jig Saw- (Depending if you have any outlets to go around).
Nails- (for the nailer you use).
Wood Filler- (Optional).
Paint- Link [HERE].
***if you’re doing this in a bathroom, kitchen, or basement that tends to have moisture use KILZ to prevent mold, mildew, and warping…
Paint Brush- Link [HERE].
Pen or Marker.
Ruler and/or Measuring Tape.
Sanding Block or Electric Sander.
Now that you have your supply list lets start on how you want to get your supplies. The plywood you will be using comes in large sheets. We asked our local lumber yard to cut them down for us. I know Home Depot will also cut them for you, for free depending on the store. We had them cut each strip 6 inches tall by the 8 foot long. Depending on the size of the wall and your available supplies you can ask to get them cut in shorter strips along with the longer 8 foot strip. You will want to stagger the long and shorter strips for the farmhouse shiplap look.
If the blade they use on the plywood is new, you will have very little “clean up.” If the blade is older the plywood may splinter. In that case, lightly sand off any frays or splinters before attaching to the wall.
If you’re just starting out with your home renovation journey you may not have a nail gun, electric saw, or electric sander… that is OKAY! Many smaller hardware stores [Westlake: ACE Hardware] and larger stores [LOWES and Home Depot] have equipment rental available. I can’t tell you how often we had to rent equipment from ACE in our first home… A LOT! We are also so thankful for friends who have allowed us to borrow tools when we were in need. Lifesavers!
Wood Filler, Totally Optional!
Depending on the look and time you want to put into the project you can use wood filler to cover up where you put the nails. In our situation, we wanted a more authentic farmhouse vibe. Plus, we didn’t want to spend hours sanding off wood putty. But I know some people would go crazy seeing the teeny tiny nail heads… not me. DO YOUR THING!
Let’s get to work shall we?
Prep your wall… prep your wall in one coat of white paint (or whatever you choose to paint the shiplap in) as you will still see small lines between each strip. Take off any molding or trim.
Find the studs and mark the studs. This is where your ruler and marker come in. We easily found the studs because the wall had never been properly mudded below. We easily saw the sheet rock screws and just followed it up making a line to the ceiling.
Get your nail gun ready, you’re about to nail the first strip! Start from the bottom and work your way up. Put two nails on either side of the strip where the stud is located…like [ : ] . You may put one more nail between the studs for added security and to prevent bowing. Thus, your nails will look similar to this… [ : • : • : ]
Measure for your next piece, cut accordingly, and nail in place. For us this was about 4ish feet after the 8… It made the next section super simple.
Row Two!!! This is where your nickels come in. Place a nickel between the first row and the second row. This is the space you will want evenly between each strip, creating that shiplap look! I would say, use about 3 nickels per strip. Your shorter strip will go above the longer. So, if you have an 8 foot strip below you will use a 4 foot strip above, and an 8 foot above that one (third row).
Also, remember to use a jigsaw if you have outlets, thermostats, and other areas you need left open. Measure twice, cut once!
Continue the process. Until you’ve got a completely covered wall.
*** Small gap between the ceiling and the last board? We have that too. Eventually, we plan to put crown molding in the room so we will just install that over the gap. You can also cut a strip to match the area you want covered. ***
Now that you have the wall covered it’s time to either, use the wood putty (cover up nail heads, let dry, and sand smooth) or just paint! We wanted a smooth but authentic finish so we hand painted the area with three coats. If you’re fancy, you could use a sprayer to get a more “professional” coat.
Option for Edges:
If you don’t care for a raw edge you can easily use a small trim strip (like Alexandria Moulding) to encase the edges. This is something we might do once we finish the kitchen renovations, as it is the adjoining room. Here is a link to a strip idea: [HERE].
Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Basements, Oh MY!
I mentioned this above, but if you plan to use this in an area of your home that has a tendency for moisture be sure to use a preventative type paint… We just use KILZ, it’s most trusted, seals, and blocks moisture, smoke, and mildew. Here is a link: [HERE].
That’s a Wrap!
I hope you found this little tutorial helpful in your own farmhouse endeavors! Please, let me know if you have questions, ideas, or if you found this tutorial helpful. Comment below, SHARE with your friends on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, and other social media channels! Now, go make your day beautiful!