DIY Shiplap Wall for under $40

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Last week we shared our new Farmhouse Decor in the Bedroom, including the Shiplap Wall that we created for under $40.  I was so excited to see that you all were just as excited about the new space as we are. We are planning to remodel the whole house, next up is our dining room, so stay tuned for that in July. And of course, we are also building the She Shed which will have Farmhouse Decor as well. I guess I just can’t get enough of this style of decorating.

 

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Hanging the first piece of DIY shiplap.

This is where we started. This bedroom was painted a bright blue with tan trim, and we were ready for a change. Even though we were painting the whole room white (including the shiplap), we did not paint the wall prior to hanging the wood. I’m glad we didn’t waste time and materials, because it turned out just fine.

Supplies needed to build Shiplap Walls

The first step is to gather all your materials and tools.

Shiplap Wall Supplies

  • Wood – we used 1/4 inch Luan Plywood from The Home Depot (cost $11.97 each)
  • Nails – 1+1/4 inch finishing or paneling nails
  • Tile Spacers – 1/4 inch

Tools Needed

  • Table Saw
  • 4 foot Level
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil


You will need a saw to cut the pieces for the shiplap wall.

Step 1: Getting the Table Saw ready

Set the table saw to cut 8-inch width strips

Note – you can also have the wood cut at your local lumber store. The prices vary from store to store, but most are under $1 per cut.

Cutting wood for Shiplap Wall on a table saw.

Step 2: Cutting the wood

To keep the cost down, we used Luan Plywood. We cut the plywood into 8 inch wide pieces. You can also use 6 or 10 inches if you like the look better. We found that the 8-inch width made the room appear a lot bigger.

The only thing we had trouble with while cutting was that the Luan Plywood was a little flimsy because it was thin. We learned we needed to have 2 people – one to do the cutting and one to stabilize the wood. I think next time, even though Doug has a saw, it might be worth the extra $1.50 (or so) per piece of wood to have it cut at the store.

To stagger the seams, we cut the plywood into different lengths – 8 feet, 6 feet, 4 feet and 2 feet.

Measuring the studs on Shiplap Wall

Step 3: Finding the Studs

The next step is to find and mark the studs. Our home is very old (1926). When we hammer into the wall, we often can hear the plaster falling down, so it was really important to find the studs. And because it’s so old, the new tools that are on the market to find studs in a wall have not worked for us. So Doug measured and marked all of the studs- our studs are approximately 18 inches apart.

Measuring Shiplap Wall; shiplap walls

Step 4: Marking the Studs

After the studs are found, use your level to mark vertical lines on the wall where the studs are.

DIY Shiplap Wall

Step 5: Nailing the boards

Now it’s time to add the boards. We started at the top, so there was a full piece of a board showing and staggered the seams. The bottom won’t show much because of the bed covering it.

Note – you can also glue the wood to the wall, we chose not to and have not had any issues. There were a couple spots that we needed to add an extra nail.

Spacers added in between boards of diy shiplap

We used tile spacers to make the spacing in between the boards all the same.

Light switch cut out on Shiplap Wall

Step 6: Making cutouts for light switches

More than likely, you will have some type of cut out that will need to be done, like a light switch and electrical outlet. Depending on your wall, the outlet made need to be moved out a bit so that the outlet can set on top of the wood.

DIY Shiplap Wall

Step 7: Finishing the wall

To finish the wall at the bottom, you will need to measure the space and cut the width and length of the boards accordingly.

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After the wall is complete, it’s time for paint. We used a primer on it first, then painted with an off white color. I’m absolutely thrilled with the way it turned out, and can’t wait to work on the other rooms in the house!


Shiplap Wall Final Cost

Luan Plywood – 3 sheets @11.97 = $35.91 (12 x 8 foot wall)

Nails – .50 cents – we used less than 1/4 of the box of nails which was $2.68

Spacers – only used a few that we already had – you can also make your own spacers with pieces of wood, coins or other items

Paint –  $3.00 – 1 gallon of paint divided between the 4 walls

Note – these are the prices that we found here in the Midwest, prices will vary across the country

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