DIY Projects

Deck the Halls with Lots of Shiplap

If you’re a Fixer Upper fan then you probably have some sort of obsession with shiplap. I have dreamed of having shiplap in my house since before we even started looking at houses and if you’re anything like me you love DIY projects and doing things for half the price.

Our house has the perfect brick fireplace. It was the first thing I painted white when we moved in. I was obsessed with how the fireplace turned out but I also knew I wanted to put shiplap on the sides to brighten up the room even more. Our house is kind of dark because of the wood trim, dark floors, and (right now) we have dark wooden cabinets in the kitchen….I plan to paint those white one weekend when Ryan goes out of town ūüėČ

The walls aren’t that big so I thought it was the best place for our first DIY shiplap attempt!


Here’s a list of what you will need:

  • 4″ Paint roller
  • 2″ Angled brush (I just used whatever paint brush I had)
  • Sand paper
  • 1 1/4″ Nail gun nails – make sure they are the correct gauge….I made this mistake
  • 6 inch plywood planks
  • Circular saw – you can rent one or Amazon has one for $40 Black & Decker Circular Saw
  • Nickels
  • Caulk
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Nail gun – you can rent one or Amazon has one for $25¬†WEN Nail Gun
  • Air compressor – Amazon has one for $72 Portable Air Compressor
  • White paint
  • Stud finder
  • Trim – optional

Step 1: Measure your walls to determine how many 4×8 pieces of plywood you need.

I found that Lowe’s plywood is a lot nicer than Home Depot’s. The left side of the wall is Home Depot’s plywood which splintered when we cut it and it was a lot thinner. The right side is Lowe’s plywood. You can get one 4×8 sheet of plywood for $13.98.

Step 2:¬†Have Lowe’s or Home Depot cut the 4×8 sheets of plywood into 6″ planks.

The way they cut the board depends on how you want your shiplap to be. Since our walls were small we decided to just have one board cover the whole wall instead of having smaller and bigger planks pieced together. If your wall is bigger you will have to piece them together and stagger the pieces.

Step 3: Sand the edges of the plywood until smooth.

Step 4: Mark your studs in the wall

Step 5: Measure your walls and cut the planks to fit the wall. Sand edges until smooth.

Step 6: Line up the first piece to the top of the wall and nail it into the studs.

Step 7: Use the nickels to separate the planks for even spacing.

Step 8:¬†Fill nail holes & let dry (I skipped this step because our caulk wasn’t working and I was impatient. But you really can’t tell unless you get super close!)

Step 9: PAINT!!!!

I first did a coat of KILZ 2 Stain Blocking Latex Primer because I wanted to make sure no stains from the wood came through.

Then I used Behr Brick Paint in white because I had that left over from the fireplace.


I ended up using one coat of the stain blocker and two coats of the white brick paint. Make sure you get in the cracks or as you’re putting up the shiplap you could paint the wall between each plank before adding the next plank. But painting the cracks worked out fine for me!

Step 10:¬†This is optional and we didn’t need it because we already had trim pieces lining the fireplace but you can add trim pieces depending on how you’re wanting it to look.

Here’s some pictures during our process:




Honestly this project could have only taken us a few hours but I didn’t know the nail guns had different gauge sizes so I got the wrong size so our nail gun kept jamming which caused us to take a 3 hour long trip to Lowe’s and Walmart. When we got back and tackled the other side it went super quick!

Here’s the outcome:



I knew the shiplap would look good with our Christmas decorations and the glow of Christmas lights so I had to get it done before we got our Christmas tree and I’m so glad I did!!





We also have enough wood and paint left over to do behind our toilet in our guest bathroom. Now to tackle that and all of the other home projects I want to do! (Like get rid of those awful popcorn ceilings and paint my kitchen cabinets WHITE!!!!)

If you’ve been dying to get some shiplap up I hope this tutorial helps you! Feel free to ask me any questions and send pictures of your own DIY shiplap!!!!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!!!


Wife. Dog Mom. And a lover of DIY projects, coffee, and a good bottle of Rosé

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