DIY Shiplap Tutorial

Shiplap Tutorial

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DIY Shiplap Installation

I have been admiring shiplap walls for awhile, and I finally decided to create one for our home.  I enlisted the help of my husband, and we completed this large wall (9 feet x 20 feet) in one weekend!

There are several ways to create a shiplap wall (see my earlier post HERE), but we decided to go the easy route and bought pre-cut pine boards that have a simple tongue and groove system.

Supplies for Shiplap Wall

We found these boards at Lowes and bought 11 packages. We had plenty of extra small pieces leftover (the extra will be used on a smaller wall in our mudroom).

Don’t get overwhelmed at the thought of doing this project because it is definitely doable.  We installed the shiplap with some hard cuts (two outlets, a light switch and a hood) in one day and painted the second day.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

DIY Shiplap Supplies

  • Sanding Block
  • Tape Measure
  • Pine Tongue and Groove Boards
  • Wood Filler
  • Primer & Paint
  • Jig Saw
  • Chop Saw
  • Stud Finder
  • Pencil
  • Nail Gun & Nails (we used 16 gauge nails)
  • Caulk
  • Level Ruler

The cost of the supplies for this wall was under $200.  The wood boards cost around $100 and the primer, paint, nails, wood filler and caulk were under $100.

Begin by sorting the boards,  because you will find flawed boards.  Save the flawed boards to cut into smaller pieces.

Sorting boards for shiplap wall

Although most of our flawed boards were minor, there were a couple that looked like this.

Scrap Piece of Shiplap

To begin, mark the studs (using the stud finder and level ruler).  Then begin at the bottom with the first row.  Use a level to make the first row is straight (and continue using the level throughout the entire process).

Using a level for shiplap

When possible, use the full 8 foot board.  However, when you do cut, use the tape measure to measure (twice) before cutting.

Measuring and Cutting Shiplap

In order to keep seams consistent, make a game plan.

Shiplap Wall Seams

For our wall, we started from the bottom right with a full 8 foot board and cut the one on the left.  Then we used a full 8 foot board on the left and cut the one on the right.  We continued this patterned all the wall up the wall.  The door frame obviously required another solution.

Shiplap Wall Seams

Use a nail gun and put two nails in each stud.

Using a nail gun for shiplap

Use a chop saw for the easy cuts.

Cutting Shiplap with table saw

And a jig saw for harder cuts.

Cutting outlet in shiplap wall

Jigsaw to cut out shiplap

The jig saw is great for going around outlets, light switches and any other obstacle you may need to tackle.

You can buy electrical box extenders for outlets and light switches to bring them out over the ship lap.  We left ours sunk in in because we are in the process of (slowly) replacing them throughout the home.

Cutting Shiplap with jigsaw

We created paper patterns for the really hard areas like around the kitchen hood, traced the pattern on the wood and cut with the jigsaw.

Creating patterns for cutting boards

Installing Shiplap around the hood

With some planning, patience and time, we had a completed wall!

Shiplap Tutorial6

The next step was filling the nail holes.  I had my oldest help out with this, and we managed to fill 800 (!!)  holes pretty quickly.

Filling nail holes in shiplap

After the wood filler dries, we sand the holes and use a roller to prime the wall.

Adding Primer to Shiplap

Once the primer is dry, add paint.  Our wall required one coat of primer plus two coats of paint. Use a brush for the paint since the roller will not reach in the cracks/seams.

Painting Shiplap

Here is a progress shot:

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And the final wall:

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We are now the proud owners of a shiplap wall.

Go shiplap something!


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P.S.  Here’s all the stuff that was taken out of my kitchen for the final beauty shots:

Junk from Kitchen