I’ve been wanting to shiplap a wall for a while now. Thanks to Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show Fixer Upper, it’s a very popular style now that seems to look great with a variety of decor. However, I just couldn’t find a good fit for it anywhere in my house. So I recruited Ashley to let me help her install it in her bedroom.
Creating a shiplap accent wall does not require much skill, just a lot of time and patience. But if you watch the video above, you’ll find a more budget-friendly option than the real shiplap siding.
Tools and materials needed:
- miter saw
- Trim Puller/prybar
- razor knife
- paint brush
- latex paint
- painter’s putty
- tape measure
- 220-grit sandpaper
- wood glue
- brad nailer/compressor
- 1.25″ brad nails
- 1/4″ plywood, cut into 6 inch planks
For most projects there’s an easy way and then there’s the right way. And we wanted to do this project the right way! So instead of just stacking our shiplap planks directly on top of the baseboard and up to the crown molding, we needed to remove the trim first.
To do so, we used the Trim Puller to avoid damaging the trim or the wall behind it. Even though we’d be covering up the wall with our planks, we didn’t want any major grooves that could affect the end result.
Speaking of planks, if you don’t have a table saw, you can spend a few extra bucks at the home center to have them rip your plywood into 6″ strips before leaving the store. Or borrow a table saw from a friend and go to town!
Once the trim was safely removed, and our planks were primed and painted with the lovely color Ashley’s fiancee selected, we started nailing the boards up on the wall with a nail gun. We used short, 1.25″ nails to get the job done. We also applied some wood glue to the back of each board before nailing to ensure a long-lasting application, since nails can pop out over time.
Again, the video above can best demonstrate the application process. We used nickels as spacers between each run of boards to keep them relatively equidistant apart the entire length of the wall.We also staggered the boards so the seams didn’t created a funky pattern, just like you would do when laying hardwood or laminate flooring.
With all of our boards glued and nailed on the wall, we moved on to puttying the nail holes and re-nailing the trim in place. We quickly touched up the paint over the puttied nail holes and the wall was looking pretty fine!
Like I said before, it doesn’t require much skill, but a lot of time! Of course you could do it over a few consecutive evenings if you don’t have a full Saturday to devote to a project like this. Anything to get the job done!
I hope you enjoyed the show and hope you’ll browse around my website for even more DIY projects for your house! Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea