After watching all 79 episodes of Fixer Upper, with the amazing and super talented Chip and Joanna Gaines, I became a shiplap believer! I wanted to put it everywhere in my house that I possibly could! Until I saw the price tag that is!! One piece of shiplap from Lowe’s was going to run me $10!! Oh yeah, and that one piece was 5 inches tall and 8 feet long! It was a beautiful story of what never was, you know similar to the love I had for Zack from Saved by the Bell. (I say had, but you know the Zack Attack stays strong ladies!)
Anyway, as I was saying. I needed to figure out how I was going to manage to keep my Fixer Upper mojo going. Enter stage right . . . Multi-Purpose Paneling!! At $16 (it’s now $17.50) for a 4 foot by 8 foot panel, this cut the cost of my project from almost $350 to just $70!!! That is money I get to save head to Target and buy some actual Chip and Joanna Gaines inspired products, straight from their product line!!
Let’s get started! You will first need to measure your space so that you know exactly how many panels you will need to pick up from the store. Our wall was 10 ½’ long with a small side wall so we estimated 12’ total length and the height was 8 ½’ tall. From that we estimated that we would need 4 panels. To get the height of the shiplap that I would have them rip, I took the height of our ceiling at 102” and knew that 6 inches would get me from ceiling to ground without needing a shorter ripped board on the last row. Do a little math to determine what height plank is going to work best for you, if you know you are installing baseboards you can plan for a small gap at the bottom that will never be seen.
- RevolutionPly 5mm Poplar Plywood https://www.lowes.com/pd/RevolutionPly-5mm-Poplar-Plywood-Application-as-4-x-8/50121135
- Finish Nailer (If you don’t have one of these in your toolbox, you need it! Check out my post on the Top 5 Tools for the Beginner DIY’er)
- Construction glue like Liquid Nails
- Chop Saw
- Possibly a Jig (if you have outlets you need to get around)
- A handful of pennies
- Paint brush
- Paint roller
- Gallon of paint (your color choice, we went with white since I like it and we already had some on hand, but I have seen some beautiful greys and blues)
Head on down to your local hardware store, I typically head to Lowe’s because I hate to drive and this is the closest one to my house. I occasionally journey out of my little box and decided that the orange in the Home Depot is calling my name and head that way (or maybe it’s Josh Lucas and his stunningly beautiful blue eyes that I can somehow see even though he is only doing the voice over for the Home Depot commercial, we’ll never know . . .) Anyway, back to what we were doing. Head to your store to get your panels, go to the lumber side and use those wonderful lumber carts, if you go by yourself, someone will for sure help you (the power of being a woman in use here). Then head to the back of the store and the cut department. This is the magical corner of the store where the blue vested will take your large 4×8’ sheet and rip it down to usable strips for you in less than the time you Google that yes, Josh Lucas is the one from Sweet Home Alabama.
Set up your chop saw and grab your nail gun. Mark your studs on the wall so you will know where to use your finish nailer. If the wall you are covering is wider than 8’ you can just jump right in!
It is super important to make sure that you can get the plank across the wall and stay level or it will slowly start to creep down or up as you install your shiplap wall. My ceiling is vaulted and did not meet the wall in a level way. I made adjustments for that and knew that at the end I could come back and add some caulking to the gap and with paint on top no one would be the wiser.
Line up your first plank and verify that it is level and then use your construction adhesive and finish nailer to secure it into your studs. Apply the construction adhesive to the back side of the plank (the backside can be whatever side you want). I like to apply in a wave pattern, it doesn’t need to fully cover the back, just enough to give it some grip for the places in between your studs.
OK, back at it. Measure the remainder of the wall and then chop your next plank down. To get your spacing for the horizontal gap between planks, bring out the pennies. Use the pennies as spacers as seen in the picture. Continue to proceed in this manner until you get to the bottom of your wall. After you have secured a couple of rows, you can keep grabbing and reusing your pennies.
You may have to make some cuts to get around outlets if you have them. We measured where the outlets would hit and then marked them and used the jigsaw to cut out the outlet shape. We were fortunate that they hit at either the top or the bottom of each plank so we could avoid a hole in the center of the plank, but if you run into that it is a quick fix using the jig and a drill bit. (Sorry I forgot to grab a picture of what that looks like <insert palm to face emoji here>)
Painting! I would recommend a quick coat of primer using a brush along the gaps first and then rolled onto the rest of the planks. Once that is dry, come back and use a roller to apply your main paint.
By the way, what do you think of my beautiful exposed concrete floors? I think we may need to do something about that pronto!
Apply baseboards and trim pieces if needed. Most of the time when doing a wall like this the side walls will act as trim and you shouldn’t need anything else, but maybe you are doing a wall similar to ours so you will need a 90 degree trim piece to cover where the planks meet. This can be picked up at Lowes and then chopped down to height you need and installed with your finish nailer. Paint as needed and Voila! You have a shiplap wall that Chip would flip over!!
This was one of the easiest projects that I have completed and could be done in so many different areas! Where have you used shiplap? I think I still want to do something like this behind the toilet in our guest bathroom but I haven’t decided just yet. . .