I love the look of shiplap, but really, who doesn't? You can create a farmhouse style shiplap, modern looking shiplap, and I love that is can add so much to a plain boring wall. Unfortunately it is usually accompanied with a high price tag. But, creating a DIY faux shiplap wall for around $100? Sign me up! For Christmas last year my husband and I wanted to give our girls a surprise they would never forget. Our girls were sharing a room, which was more torture for their mom I am sure... at least between all the messes and fighting. See below how I created a DIY faux shiplap wall for under $100 that you can do too!
Create a DIY Faux Shiplap Wall for Around $100
When redoing our bedrooms downstairs, we added faux shiplap to one of our girls' rooms. This room was much darker then I wanted it to be especially with being in the basement. I knew I wanted to go with white walls to lighten up the room, but plain white walls are just boring! Adding texture with shiplap gives those boring, old white walls texture and adds character.
Have you ever priced out how much real shiplap costs? YIKES! Let me share with you my little secret! I added my DIY faux shiplap to my daughter's room for around $100 using ¼" thick hardboard or masonite. Masonite comes in 4'x8' sheets. You can buy masonite at most hardware stores. I bought mine at Home Depot for around $20 a board and I used 4 boards.
Supplies for DIY Faux Shiplap
- masonite sheets or hardboards
- table saw to strip down boards
- Tape Measure
- nail gun
- jigsaw (optional)
DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial
Purchase your boards at your hardware store. Once you have them, 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 patch any holes. 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 throughout 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 out the area for the outlet. 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. If you put up your faux shiplap this way, just make sure you match your corners up so all your lines are continuous across the room. You can see how I did it below...
Here is how her room turned out!
To see how we painted this check out our Paint like a pro post here