How about a DIY faux shiplap wall for around $100? That sounds pretty awesome right?
For Christmas this year my husband and I wanted to give our girls a surprise they would never forget. Right now our girls are sharing a room, which is more torture for their mom I am sure. Between all the messes and fighting. We are in the process of remodeling 2 rooms, the plan is to keep it a secret and on Christmas Eve we will move them down so they can wake up in their own new room!
We only have 2 weeks to finish, so it is crunch time…….. For some reason I work better under crunch time. I don’t think that is a good thing.
This weekend we added faux shiplap to one of our girls room. This room is darker then I would like it to be. To lighten up this room I wanted to go with white walls. Plain old white walls are well…just that Plain. Adding texture with shiplap will give her white walls texture and add character to her room.
Have you ever priced out how much real shiplap costs? YIKES! Let me share with you my little secret! I added shiplap to my daughters room for around $100 using 1/4″ thick hardboard or masonite. Masonite comes in 4’x8′ sheets can buy masonite at most hardware stores. I bought mine at Home Depot for around $20 a board and I used 4 boards. After your have your boards you will need to rip them down to strips. I ripped mine down to 4″ strips and then I cut them into various lengths so the seams on my wall would be random.
After your boards are ready to go it is time to prep your walls. Remove all outlet covers and if you have any holes make sure to patch them. I have found it easiest to install my first row of shiplap on top of our baseboards. It gives me a good starting point and it also looks better once it is finished.
Once everything is prepped and ready to go it is time to install your first layer. Spacing is very important. If your spacing gets off your planks can end up being slanted all the way up the wall. I have found it easiest to use the width of my hardboard as the spacer. Simply put your first piece up and secure it to the wall, then use a piece of hardboard to space the next piece. I use this spacing on the top, bottom and sides all through out the wall so each seam is spaced the same.
I like to leave my nail holes exposed. I think it adds to the look of the shiplap. Since my nail holes are exposed I am careful how many nails I use and where they are placed. I put one nail in the top corner and one in the bottom corner on each side and if I need some in the center I do the same thing one on the top and one on the bottom.
This shiplap goes up pretty fast. The only real hurdle is when you have to go around outlets.
I have found it easiest to use my jigsaw to cut the area for the outlet out. They don’t have to be exact or perfect because we will be putting the outlet covers back on. Just make sure you don’t cut the hole so big that the cover will not cover it up.
It is easier for me to do one wall and then the next.
When you do that just make sure you match our corners up so all your lines are continuous……Like this…
Now this wall is ready to paint. i will prime it first and then paint it….. more details to come!
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