how-to-diy-easy-shiplap-wallShiplap is all the rage right now in home design, and now you can easily get the look without having to spend a fortune or rip into your current wall structure. With this tutorial, you can transform an entire room or simply shiplap a single wall to add a little variety and modernize your space.


  • 4-inch paint roller
  • 2-inch angled paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 1/4-inch nail gun nails
  • 6-inch plywood planks
  • A few nickels
  • Caulk or spackling
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Nail gun (rent from your nearest hardware store)
  • Air compressor
  • Paint
  • Circular saw (rent from your nearest hardware store)
  • Trim, optional

Step 1: Measure the wall or walls to see how many 4×8 sheets of plywood you will need.

Step 2: Cut the plywood sheets into 6-inch planks. You can also ask the hardware store to do this for you.

Step 3: Sand the edges of the plywood until smooth.

Step 4: Using a stud finder, locate the studs in the wall and mark their positions with a pencil.

Step 5: Measure and cut the planks to fit the wall.

Step 6: Level the first piece of wood plank to the top of the wall and secure it by nailing into the studs.

Step 7: Place the edges of a couple of nickels in between each plank to ensure even spacing throughout the process.

Step 8: If you want to add trim to the edges of your shiplap wall, now is the time. Secure the trim pieces to the wood planks using your nail gun, moving from top to bottom (or ceiling to floor).

Step 9: Fill all nail holes with caulk or spackling and allow to dry for at least one hour before sanding the entire surface.

Step 10: Once the surface is sanded, you can apply your choice of paint color. If you only placed shiplap on one wall, be sure to tape off the edges of the other non-shiplap walls to keep from painting outside the lines.

Please note, this tutorial uses plywood instead of real shiplap, which is a lower cost and simpler alternative but looks just as great when finished. Not only will you love the results, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment and pride as a DIY homeowner.

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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