Give. me. all. the. shiplap.

This was one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve done in our home, and made a huge difference in our master bedroom.  It took an ordinary bedroom to a farmhouse bedroom in minutes!  Ok, hours….but seriously, this project only took us a few hours and one trip to Home Depot.  Any project that requires only one trip to the hardware store is a solid win in our household.

First, you’ll need to make sure you have the following items:

  • -Plywood subfloor, cut into 6″ planks
  • Circular saw
  • Skill saw
  • -Corner molding
  • -Wood glue
  • -Stud finder
  • Nail gun 
  • -2 nickels
  • -Wood filler
  • -White paint, we used Sherwin Williams Pure White

Unfortunately, we did this project a few months ago, before I decided to document and blog about our trials and errors on each house project.  So, the picture quality isn’t the greatest (iphone pictures), and I didn’t take pictures of each step along the way.  It’s suuuuuper simple though, and easy to follow along.


We cut the 4×8 plywood subfloor into 6″ planks.  We (and by we, I mean my handsome husband) used the circular saw to do this – but I highly recommend using Home Depot’s service and having them cut the planks for you.  We ended up going through 5 large pieces of plywood.

Starting the Faux-Shiplap Wall

We started from the top of the wall so that we could make sure the pieces were level, and aligned with the ceiling.  We used wood glue to glue the first plank to the wall, and then used the stud finder and nail gun to secure it into place.    The plank is only 8′ long, and the wall space that we were covering is about 10.5′ long so we had to use two pieces, and had to make another cut in order to go all the way across.  This created a seam that we later filled in with wood filler.

While holding the second board in place, we used 2 nickels to space out the boards.  We repeated the process of using wood glue to glue the plank to the wall, and then the nail gun to secure it in place.

We continued down the wall like this.  We obviously had to make a few more measurements and cuts as we went around the window, and we had to use a jigsaw to cut around the outlets, and window sill.  Again, when I saw we – I absolutely mean my husband.  Lola and I observed from a few feet back.  Lola waited under the living room couch until the loud sounds of the nail gun were done.

The bottom board was the trickiest as we had to cut it lengthwise, and widthwise.  As you can see in the picture, we needed a plank of wood only about 3.5″ wide.

After the boards were all in place, we filled the seams and nail holes with wood filler and then lightly sanded them down.  Next, was time to paint – I don’t think I need to explain that process too much.  However, I do suggest that you paint the wall behind the wood with the white paint first, and then also paint the wood planks once they are up.  I made the mistake of not painting the wall behind it first, and had to use a very small paint brush to get into the spaces between each board.  Do-able, but not ideal.

Finally, we added the corner molding pieces along the sides of the walls, and along the ceiling seem.


Ta-da!  Faux shiplap walls!   We get so many compliments on this wall, and I am so proud to tell everyone how easy it was!  It may not be exactly perfect (the measurements and cuts might be a tad off here and there), but what true farmhouse walls are?  Beauty is in the imperfections.