Removing Shiplap

After the craze of shiplap dies down, there will be some of you who are curious about removing shiplap.  I’ll walk you through how I removed ours.


Since moving in, we added shiplap to several spaces in our home (go here to see the shiplap tutorial). However, we recently updated all our light switches and unfortunately the new switches were smaller than the old ones which meant there was a large gap around the switch on one of the shiplap walls.

Although it was fixable, fixing it required removing half of the shiplap first.  I decided to remove the entire wall of shiplap (and provide a shiplap removal tutorial).  I know as much as we are all loving shiplap, there will grow a time we grow tired of it.  I decided to see what happens when I removed the shiplap (and I’m always up for a change)! I used a tongue and groove system for our shiplap and installation began at the top.  So, removing began at the bottom for my wall.  At first it was pretty easy to remove and the nails popped out without much effort.

I had painted stripes on our mudroom wall before, so those stripes reappeared when I removed the shiplap.

The shiplap on the wall on the other side of the doorway was a little trickier.  The pieces were much smaller, so the nails were closer together.  Also, caulking was used along the edges of the shiplap, and it acts like a glue to hold the shiplap down.

Pry off the shiplap.


Use a spatula to scrape away extra caulk.


The walls will have lots of nail holes.

And possibly more damage from the prying.

Patch the nail holes and other wall damage.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. This is not a sponsored post, but I absolutely love DAP Dry Dex for filling holes and patching drywall.

It is pink but dries white.  I repaired the entire wall and only used a quarter of the container.

Let the patch work dry completely.

Once dry, sand all the patch work.

I used a fine grit sanding block.

Prime the wall with two coats of primer.

Once the primer is dry, painting can begin.

Compared to what it looked like when I first pried off the shiplap, my wall looks amazing!

Want to see what I did to this wall after removing the shiplap?

 Click HERE to see the mudroom makeover!

Go create something!

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