How to Plank a Wall for $30 (DIY Shiplap)

Creating a custom shiplap wall doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.  Learn how to make your own faux shiplap and plank a wall for $30!

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Disclosure: I was provided paint from Sherwin-Williams for this project at no cost to me.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  Please see my full disclosure policy for more details.

Good morning 🙂

I hope your day is off to a great start but if not, there’s always time for more coffee 😉

We have been living in our house for a little over a year now.  That means it has taken over a year to plank/shiplap anything.   Well, I did make this shiplap sign, but that doesn’t count.

When I started the design plan for Evie’s farmhouse nursery, I knew I wanted to make a shiplap feature wall.  The rustic wood and texture gives the walls dimension and adds a visual focal point for the room.  Also, it’s pretty 😉

I knew I could buy 8ft shiplap boards at a home improvement store.  But, for nearly $13 A PIECE, I couldn’t justify the cost.  That’s when I turned the planning over to my FIL.  He said, “oh yeah we can use {insert name of wood I’ve never heard of}”.  Sounded good to me!

Today I’m very excited to be sharing how to plank a wall like we did in Evie’s nursery for $30.  Okay, so it was a couple more dollars but a round number sounds better, right?!


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  • Pneumatic Nail Gun
  • Table Saw – to cut the board into planks
  • Compound Miter Saw – to cut planks to length

First things first.  Gotta find your studs in the wall.  Luckily, since we had our home stripped to the studs during renovations (I’m not sure that luckily applies?), we had a detailed map of sorts showing where each stud was.  If you don’t have such a handy map, bust out the stud finder!

My hubby used a chalk line to mark a straight line from crown moulding to the baseboards overtop each stud.

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Next, we used a table saw to cut down the large sheets into roughly 6 inch planks. We ended up with planks 5 7/8 inches wide due to the 1/8 of material lost to the blade on each cut.  Technically you can do whatever width planks you want.  Wider or thinner planks would definitely be different and fun.

To hang the wood, we started with an 8 foot piece.  First, apply some construction adhesive to the back of the wood.

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Since we knew the line under the crown moulding was straight, we were able to lay the first board flush against the crown moulding.  If your ceiling isn’t completely straight, you may have some additional cuts to make.

Place the board tightly against the wall and the crown moulding.  Once in place, use the nail gun and nail twice (roughly top and bottom of the board) along each stud that the board is over.

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With the first board up, measure the distance between the end of that board and the wall.  Take another 8ft board and cut it down to the length you just measured.  Follow the same steps from the first board (apply glue, fit onto wall, nail onto studs).

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Next, for the second row, use the leftover piece from the 8ft piece you just cut.  Place that piece below the first board you nailed in.

Before nailing in the second row (and any subsequent rows), use your spacer to assure equal gap width between rows.  Slide the spacer between the boards to make sure the board is level and equally spaced.

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Then, repeat the same steps above.  Measure the distance from the end of the second board to the wall and cut an 8ft board to that length.  Start the 3rd row with the leftover piece.

Eventually you’ll end up with a pattern (which you don’t want).   So, after you do each row, take a step back and make sure the boards look staggered and not in a predictable pattern.  If you notice a pattern, take an 8ft board and cut it to a random length you haven’t done and start a new row that way.

We continued on in that manner until the wall was complete!

Next, fill in all your nail holes.  Once dry, sand the nail holes smooth so they won’t show through the paint.

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Not too bad, right??  And it looks crazy awesome for how inexpensive the wood was.

You may come across an outlet or switch you need to cut around.  When you do, cut your plank to the desired length, and then measure out the location of the electrical box you need to cut around. We got EXTREMELY LUCKY in that the bottom of the box lined up PERFECTLY with the bottom of a plank, so we did not have to cut a square out of the middle of a plank. Once we had the measurements on the location of the box, we simply marked out the outline on the plank and used a jigsaw to cut the opening for the electrical box.

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On to the paint…

After priming, I used my new favorite neutral color Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams to paint the whole room, including the planked wall.  I originally was going to make the faux shiplap a different color than the walls but decided against it.  And, I’m SO happy I did.

Now, if the wall you’re planking is a bright color (say blue), you mayyy want to paint the wall before you start adding wood (read – DEFINITELY PAINT THE WALL FIRST).  Unless you have a paint sprayer….  We had to go back and paint in between each board 500 2 more times after the initial two coats to completely cover the blue.

No matter how many coats of paint it took, I can’t get over how completely perfect the wall looks.

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Depending on what room/wall/space you’re planking, you may want to add some quarter round trim to the edges.  Since ours was just a wall, I didn’t think it needed any trim.

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It’s hard to get a full shot of the whole wall because the room is so small.  This was the best I could do…

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It’s the perfect focal point for the nursery.  I can just see her crib in front of the wall!

I added a new Outlet Plate that was a bit more rustic than your typical white plastic cover.

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The rosy dresser really stands out against the neutral walls.

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Ahh I want to just keep posting all of these pictures.  Okay, just one more…

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I’m thrilled with how it turned out, the ease with which the boards went up, AND the fact that I FINALLY have some shiplap in my house.

What do you think?  Is it something you could try out in your home?  If you have any questions about how it was done leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

A HUGE thank you to Sherwin-Williams for providing the paint for the nursery.  Not only is the color absolutely beautiful but the Harmony Paint line is zero VOC, perfect for pregnant mamas like me and newborn babies.    It also has Odor Eliminating Technology and anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mildew.  Who knew paint could do all of that??   

UPDATE: Check out the full farmhouse girls nursery reveal!

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Wishing you a joyful day!


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This Post Has 191 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    That’s a great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. It looks beautiful!

      1. Mendy

        What sheen of paint did you use?

          1. sharon Clerc

            I’m glad I saw this, as I’ve been looking for a cheaper 5″ wide option than the $10 to $13″ individual boards. The pictures are kind of faded/ glaring and hard to see the actual wall. You said one time the paint finish was eggshell, but in the very next answer you said it was satin. Could you explain more? Thanks

      2. Kristen

        This looks beautiful! I’m planning on doing a single wall too in my house. Can you please share the finish of your paint? Satin, flat, etc. I’m not sure what to buy. Thanks so much! Kristen

    1. Rosanna

      Think I’m going to do the same concept except it will be installed on the floor! My daughter used the preprimed plywood sheets for shiplap in her beach home—it looks perfect!

    2. Lisa

      Thanks I love seeing someone that loves getting the shiplap look for less money, not work though lol. I started shipplapping just the front hallway, a year later I have done the front room, hallways, bedroom and office so far lol. I’m addicted, oh just a note: I use 4 by 8 sheets of pressboard from Lowes and then cut into four inch strips (anything wider in my house visually is too large)….small house. Just a big thanks for your great post Hun!

      1. Susan

        Your room looks perfect! What kind of saw did you cut your

          1. Amy

            I’m thinking that cutting that board into planks is probably the most complex part of the process. Thanks for sharing!!

          2. Angelica

            That turned out awesome! I’m excited to try it. Thanks for posting.

    3. Barbara

      Thanks so much for the learning and I love the finished room! Awesome!

    4. Bobbi

      Thank you! Getting ready to do a wall and thought I might have to take all my crown molding and other trim down – this is perfect!,,

    5. Cindy

      Great instructions. I have one question. The wall i would like to work on has a big electrical box on it so do i frame it like u done the outlet? ??

      1. MollieBee

        Love your tutorial. Would your procedure work on a smooth plastered wall without plywood backing? I want to use shiplap in our garage for hanging coats, etc on.

        1. Hi Cindy! If you’re planning on using it to hold anything (even coats) I would recommend it be anchored into studs. Is there lath behind the plaster? For decorative purposes only, you can just use the glue on plastered walls. But, since it’s going to be holding weight and possibly have people pulling on coats, etc, I wouldn’t just use the glue. Hope that helps!

          1. Teresa mackay

            Hi cindy, any tips just in case there are “waves” in the wall? My house is quite old but the drywall is new-ish. In certain light I can see it’s not perfectly flat.

          2. The boards are flexible enough that it should conform to the shape of the wall, assuming there are just small waves or imperfections.

    6. Cecilia G

      Wow! You’ve really got me thinking now! Great job, love it!

      1. Brenda

        Beautiful! What kind of board did you use?

    7. Gina

      What size nails, what thickness plywood, was used.

      1. Lynne Sanders

        Precisely what I was going to ask. Did you get a response?

      1. Ty

        Did you leave room between each board? It looks like you did but I wasn’t sure if it was intentional or how the board lays?

        1. Hi Ty! Yes, we did leave intentional space between the boards to mimic the look of real shiplap. In the post I showed how we did that using an 1/8″ spacer. Hope that helps!

          1. Becky

            What if you don’t have sheet rock behind the planks? Just studs.

  2. It looks so good! I have a dream of putting shiplap up in a half bath behind the toilet one day. I just need a house that has a half bath, haha! I love the color of the dresser and am so excited to see how it all turns out!

  3. Lora

    I’m crushing on the outlet covers, haha! Beautiful job!!

    1. Rhonda

      How to do this if all trim is removed ? Should trim be put up before ship lap is put up or can you ship
      Lap then put up trim ? Love your wall !!

  4. Luanne

    Oh my Lanta, I’m redoing my doublewide to make it look like a real house. After removing the trips down the wall, I was so angry. There was no way I was going to paint smooth walls. I just started last light by using tissue paper for texture. Turning out great so far. A wall I havn’t started on yet is were my piano sits. Guess what I’m going to do with That wall. Thank you so very much.

    1. Wendy

      We are doing this to our manufactured home too! I hate those strips and we used paneling in our kitchen that looked like barn wood and turned it sideways! It looks great! We are now going to do this to our living room to cover the million strips in there…trick will be to find a straight wall! lol did you have this problem too? nothing is square or level!

  5. Becky

    I clicked on the plywood link and it says each piece is $11.99. at the Home Depot. Where were you able to find it for cheaper? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Becky!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂 That is how expensive each piece is. We only needed 2 pieces to do the entire wall. The wall in the nursery is fairly small. But, even for a much larger space, each piece goes a long way. I hope that answers your question!!

  6. Shirley

    This really came out nice! Actually it looks more authentic with this type of wood than any other I have seen. With this particular one, I would never trim it out as that takes away from the authentic look. Back in the day, trim was never used. You have the nicest looking one I’ve seen so far, GREAT JOB!

    1. Aww thank you SO SO much Shirley!!! I am really happy with how it turned out. I’m glad you agree with our no trim decision 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Bethany

    What finish did you choose to use? I usually do all of my trim and door in a high gloss, it is SO easy to clean this way! I just wasn’t sure what you used and if you thought high gloss would be too much? Thanks!

    1. Hi Bethany! We did egg-shell finish. I’m not a fan of high gloss, even though it is easier to clean 😉 I think on something rustic or that’s intended to look “old” high gloss may be too much. But it’s completely up to you and your taste :)! Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. Megan

    What size was the plywood and what was the width of it?

    1. Hi Megan! The plywood itself came as a 4ft x 8ft board. Each individual plank was cut to a width of 6 inches. I hope this answers your question and thank you SO much for stopping by.

      1. Hi Megan! Love this budget friendly version and wish I had seen it before I spent $$$ shiplapping our nursery. I was afraid to buy large sheets and cut them down. Would you mind sharing your process for how you cut the sheets into straight and even planks? Any rough edges/splintering when they were cut? Going to try this in the hallway next!

        1. Sarah

          Hi Lo! Two people (to hold the wood steady) and a table saw was all we needed to keep the wood straight. You’ll want to make sure you have a relatively sharp blade on your table saw to reduce splintering. We did sand down the edges of the cut pieces to smooth them out. Hope this helps!

          1. Sarah

            Hi Sarah, it’s beautiful! I love the ideas of your site! Just a warning about sanded edges- if you use the product called luaun, any splinters get really infected quickly because of the additives in the wood. If it is luaun, I used this material for years in set building and I would recommend lots of sanding and heavy paint, or the baby fingers picking through the crib slats might get boo-boos! Actual plywood might have the possibilities of splinters but doesn’t have those awful additives that infect so quickly. It looks like you guys did a really great job!!

  9. jamin mills

    Great work on this! I love how it turned out and really love how you and your FIL thought outside the box on resourcing materials! You rock!

  10. Will

    Another twist and even less cost, collect some wooden pallets and use them. I collected the pallets no cost, any industrial park will have people leaving them out, and so they’re there for the taking. I sanded them done smooth but they maintained that rustic look. I finished them with some polyurethane.

  11. beverly mulder

    I want to do this in our master bathroom. Did you have to “pull out” the light switch so the plate would fit on? Did you apply the wood without having to remove the baseboard? Looks like you did not remove the crown molding.


    1. Hi Beverly! We did not remove the baseboard or the crown moulding. We did have to pull out the outlet cover. You can buy spacers at a home improvement store to go between the electrical box and the outlet cover to account for the thickness of the shiplap. Sorry I completely forgot to put that part in the post – that probably would have been helpful!! Hope that answers your questions 🙂 Good luck!

  12. Carla

    Why did you use the spacers? Do you think this is a must or could one (or ones husband) do it without spacers and just butt them together? Love how your nursery wall turned out!!

    1. Hi Carla! I’m so glad you like the nursery wall 🙂 We used the spacers to make it look like real shiplap. The real (expensive) stuff is sorta tongue and groove fitting so that there’s a space in between each board. Without the spacers, it wouldn’t look like shiplap. So, I think it’s a must if you’re going for a shiplap look. This was definitely a two person job, even without the spaces. The boards were pretty long! Hope that helps!

      1. Jennifer

        The spacers are like that on real shiplap to create expansion joints for the wood. You definitely need them. Seasonally they will expand or contract. No spaces and they may bow or force pieces to pop.

  13. Jamie

    Wow thank you for ur very detailed money saving blog about planking ur walls i am almost done paying off home and I’m looking forward to doing well needed updates , and when I say well needed I can’t explain enough. So I’m trying to list priorities of what to do first. U now gave me the idea for a focal wall in living room. I’m excited to try and share all ur ideas

  14. Amy G

    I would love to try something like this for my bathroom ceiling. I just may have to try it now that I’ve seen what you did. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Aww the planks would look amazing on a ceiling!! You may need some type of sealant since it will be in a bathroom and exposed to temperature/humidity fluctuations. Such a great idea! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      1. Jenny

        I am going to do this on my ceiling this weekend, but wondering how to nail it to the ceiling. Should I be using a special type of nail? Thanks!

  15. Mallory

    The wall looks amazing! We are going to put it up in our laundry room. But I was wondering what paint color your ceiling and trim are?

    1. Thanks so much Mallory!! What a great feature wall for your laundry room. The ceiling and trim are Behr Premium Plus ultra pure white (in high gloss). Have a great day!

  16. M cobb

    I wonder if this would work if I stained each plank in different stains, lights and darks stains for a boys room or spare room!?

    1. That sounds like SUCH a great idea!! I think the contrast between different stains would be amazing. Plus, this type of wood is naturally kind of rustic with knots and imperfections throughout which would be highlighted by stain (a good thing, I think!!). I’d love to see how it turns out!

    2. Michelle

      That would look amazing!! It is so much easier to prestain the wood and paint a complimentary colour on the wall itself as there will be gaps.
      I used old cedar fence panels that were a disaster at first but once sanded down well and treated with a faux barn wood finish ( specialty paint store) looks stunning!!
      And, if I can do this anyone can!!
      Just remember prep is 90 % of the work and the rest will fall into place. Plan it out on the floor before hand to be certain You are happy with the layout first!!
      Have fun changing Your wall!!

      1. Such a good idea, Michelle! We used old cedar boards for a wood feature wall in our master bedroom. The cedar adds character and staining is a fun take on regular white shiplap. And yes, set up and planning are the most important parts, but also the least fun! 😉

  17. Jacquelyn

    If the wall to be shiplapped is less than eight feet could you cut the boards to length of the wall or should you still cut the boards so that you need two for each row?

    1. Hi Jacquelyn!! You could absolutely just cut the boards to length and not worry about having multiple boards per row. I think it’s a personal preference. I would probably still do multiple boards per row because I think it looks more like authentic shiplap but that doesn’t mean that’s the right way. Good luck!!

      1. Melissa

        WITH multiple boards per row – do you fill where the ends butt up like the nail holes or just leave them?

  18. Emma Carley

    Wonderful tutorial, it’s so easy to follow! I’m going to try a shiplap wall in our spare room within the next few weeks, so I needed a step-by-step and this was so helpful! Hopefully I don’t mess it up 🙂 The wall and nursery look absolutely stunning!

  19. Jenny

    Can you tell me how you didn’t end up with blobs of paint in between the boards? Love the idea. Terrified of doing this and messing up and having to start over.

    1. Hi Jenny! We used a very, very small brush and hand painted in between each board. You can’t really “load up” the paint brush or else you would end up wth clumps and/or drips. If you paint the wall before hanging the shiplap, it makes filling in the gaps a lot easier AND you only need to do one coat 🙂

      1. Shannon

        When painting the wall under neither, did you paint it black or white? It almost looks like black in the cracks but I’m thinking it’s just shadow? Doing this soon! Looks awesome!

  20. nancy

    love the whole tutorial and concept but i hate white and think it would be stunning stained or for your nursery tge palest of pink…. grest job!

    1. Hi Nancy! I’m not normally a huge fan of neutrals and white paint either! But, I’m happy with it in this case. Stained or pink or really any color would be pretty, too. We did a dark gray shiplap in our master closet and I love it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  21. Laura

    Did you find that sanding the wood, and not just the nail holes, would have been preferable? Or did the paint smooth it out enough? I’m wondering about my toddler getting little splinters of wood in his skin. I love the look!

    1. Sarah

      Hi Laura!! I’m so so sorry I somehow missed your comment!! The wood we use is pretty much smooth on its own and the paint smoothed it out even more. I don’t think it’s necessary to sand the wood. Now if you’re using a different kind of wood than we used and it’s rough or has the potential for splinters I would definitely sand!

  22. Denise

    What colot paint did you use for the ceiling?

    1. Hi Denise! We tried to find the paint in the basement but I think we got rid of it! It was Behr brand and the kind that goes on pink and dries white. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific!

  23. Aaron

    Did you sand the edges of the planks or just leave them how they were after cutting? I am working on my entryway now! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for the post and inspiration!

  24. Stacy

    This is gorgeous! We just moved into a wonderful new home with a wall full of dark pallet wood planks and I’ve been struggling with how dark it is. This may be just the inspiration I need to paint it all white!

    1. That’s great, Stacy! I’m glad the dark wood planks aren’t in style anymore haha. I quick coat of paint could definitely bring them back in style!!! Good luck, girl!

  25. Love that wall, Sarah! I want to do our bedroom and need to show this tutorial to my husband!! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  26. Carolann

    I just love planking and this turned out beautifully! Love the color you choose too!

  27. Donna

    I loved what you did and the tutorial was fantastic! Maybe I missed a question/answer on the spacing between the rows to make it look authentic, what did you use (we used to use different size spacers for our tile work) so I didn’t know if it was similar or not. Thanks!

  28. Donna

    I just re-read your tutorial and now I see what you recommended and what you used . . . I should have read everything first!! Thanks again for a great tutorial!!

  29. rhonda speaker

    Really like your blog! What kind of wood did you use? How thick was it? You mention using a table saw to cut it.
    Thanks in advance!

  30. Erica

    You used luan underlayment plywood. This is a terrible idea for a wall in a child’s room. Luan contains high amounts of formaldehyde

  31. Helen

    hi! this looks great can’t wait to try it! How thick was the wood that was used on the floor? thx!

    1. Hi Helen! I’m so glad you like the tutorial. The wood flooring is bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. I honestly don’t know what brand/make/model it is but I would never recommend it to anyone. It scratches if you look at it the wrong way and shows every single scuff mark and scratch and everything. It’s horrible!!

  32. Brandi

    Love this tutorial! I bought my house just over a year ago and I’m working on the master bedroom now but am making all sorts of plans for the entrance. The previous owner had an obsession with pressboard. It’s everywhere! The entrance is entirely pressboard. I plan to do wainscotting/board and batten to the long and short walls next to the door, of course with benches, cubbies, and hooks. I’m choosing that route so I can add insulation to the walls, very drafty house. I’m thinking about the shiplap for the large wall you see once you step in. It’s my husband’s stereo wall so a lot won’t be seen. I want to add a wall length shelf to it as well for plants and a more farmhouse look. I’m planning on using a grey paint for the board and batten. Should I keep it one color? And would the gap between the shiplap be enough to hang a full wall floating shelf? I need to cover this awful pressboard any way possible!

    1. Hi Brandi! Those plans sound beautiful. I don’t think you need to keep it one color necessarily. But, I wouldn’t go too bold with a second color. Maybe use a cream or white? The gap between the shiplap is pretty small, I don’t htink you could hang a shelf. If it’s going to span the entire length of the wall you could just leave a bigger gap for the shelf? Hope that helps!

  33. Linda

    Is it really necessary to use the glue in the back of the board? Wouldn’t the nails be enough? I just hate the thought that in the future if you want to remove it the mess would be awful.

  34. HETTY

    Hello: LOVE this shiplap wall!!!! Very beautiful.
    I’d like to do a wall in our kitchen too – we had some renos done last year to our sunroom, and have lots and lots of leftovers of “1×6 tongue & groove clear cedar v-joint 2S1”. I know I know….such a crime to cover clear cedar, but we have no use for it, and have tried to sell it, but no response. So….why not use it as ship lap?? Do you think? Would this be suitable material to use? Thanks.

  35. Angela

    Loved reading about your experience with hanging your shiplap!:) Definitely a good idea to remember to paint behind the wall first. I will totally remember this! We have used mdf plain white molding on our shiplap projects but they come out less rustic than this. I love this wood you used better! Beautiful nursery??

  36. Katherine

    Just wondering how you painted the actual planks? I saw that you used a small brush for the cracks… Did you use a roller? or brushed the whole wall? Thanks!

  37. Debbie

    Love the end result, but I have to tell you….you have so many ads and scripts running on your site that I almost gave up waiting to see the whole article. Took forever to load everything and it kept freezing as I was trying to scroll down.

  38. Cindy Leiterman

    I am so excited about this idea. It solves a problem wall of mine and it would look so awesome. Thank you for sharing

  39. Jackie

    What type of wood did you use?

  40. Jenn

    Hi! We just did this in our master bedroom and are getting ready to prime and paint. Did you have any issues with the paint chipping off or not adhering the way it should? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jenn! We have not had any issues at all with paint chipping or not sticking. We did this about a year ago at this point. Hope you love your new faux shiplap wall 🙂

  41. Maureen Bayliss

    I have a hallway that is wallpapered. I started to remove the wallpaper at the wall near the kitchen (which everyone can see) and the wallpaper came off with chunks of the drywall. I tried to wall paper over that part of the wall with wallpaper designed for “rough walls” but it is clearly not a fix. Thought about applying this technique in the hallway. Any suggestions if this is a good idea? What size planks? I won’t paint over the wallpaper – it’s a waste of expensive Benjamin Moore paint.

  42. Carl Scheuermann

    $30?!? Do you mean “minus the cost of the lumber”? Home Depot has 4’x8′ sheets of plywood underlayment for about $14. It would take several sheets to cover even a small room. It looks fantastic, but I’m dubious about what you claim to have spent.

    1. Kim

      I have to agree. As someone in the construction field, this clearly does not take into account any time nor misc. materials.

  43. Rebecca Anderson

    Do you think it’s necessary to use 1/8th inches spaces? Would 1/16th work?
    I love this project and am about to get started on our “beach” guest room.
    Thanks! Rebecca

  44. Missy

    Congrats on the new addition! First thanks for replying to our comments, I rarely see someone who reply’s…. On that note, my question is did you have to paint/prime the wall with a particular color prior to you installing the shiplap so when you look at the wall the spacer between the planks are not sticking out like a sore thumb?

  45. Shelley

    I love your shiplap wall in your nursery! I have done this process twice and thought I would give a couple of suggestions: with the first wall we did, it was almost impossible to go back with a tiny paintbrush and paint the wall in between the planks, but at some angles you could see the wall so you could see how shallow our faux shiplap boards actually were. So the second time we did it we had some very dark gray paint and would run a line where our seam would be. It really made it easier to do this before the plank was set.
    The second suggestion is we used nichols for our spacers. They seemed to work perfectly.
    I love the shiplap look and I think it gives so much interest to a wall.

  46. Belinda

    Love the way your wall looks! It’s beautiful!
    I am fixing to start a big project knocking down walls between my kitchen and living room and dining room and I definitely love the shiplap design for my dining/kitchen area. I always figured that the boards overlapped to make the design, but looking at your pictures, they don’t. Even better to work with! Thanks for sharing!

  47. Rosalee

    Can this work on cement walls? If not any ideas ? Thanks 🙂

  48. Sunne Davis

    Just remind people that if they use old painted furniture or old painted wooden windows that they are careful to check for lead paint. They make in expensive testing kits for lead paint which I didn’t know about 30 years ago when my 5 yr old ingested lead and it seriously affected his health!! We were able to use chelation therapy which decreased the lead in his brain tissue and restored his balance and fine motor control and returned his speech to normal!

  49. veronica

    I love this idea!!! I have a small sunroom/entrance that is in dire need of an update. When we moved in, the walls (and ceiling), were varnished plywood – nice, eh? I painted the walls and papered the ceiling, but it’s still pretty hideous. THIS is just what I’m looking for! I can’t afford to spend a fortune having it someone drywall it, and besides, I love the look of this. I want to do the whole room, the only tricky part will be the corners, as there are 10 windows to work around. Thanks again for your great tutorial!

  50. Sissy

    That is just the most beautiful room i have ever seen!!!

  51. Elsy

    HI Sarah-great tutorial! Thx for providing it!

    Two questions—did you paint the edges of each board along with the face of the board so bare wood could not be seen between the small gap?

    Do you have a tutorial on the crown moulding? I love it!

  52. Anita

    Looks great!! I know you used spacers between the planks as you worked your way down. My question is did you use spacers between the pieces of planks in one row? Side by side? Or did you try and put them flush against each other?

  53. Katie

    Hello! Where did you get the wood for this wall?! Absolutely beautiful!!

  54. Jan

    Just beautiful and your detailed instructions are amazing! Thank you!! Quick question.. Did you paint the shiplap SW Alabaster? Also, do you know the color of your crown molding too? Thanks again!

  55. Kevin Novakoski

    What type of sheet wood that the name you never heard ofbdid u use? Hard tonfind at the lumber yaed with no name

  56. Victoria

    Looks great! Where did you get the wood? The link that you have here is for Home Depot and the wood is like 13 dollars per piece!

  57. Tatiana

    Hello! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I had a quick question. Did you space the boards in order for the shiplap look to be more evident? Also if you had painted the wood a different color/stain, would you still space it and what color would the back wall be? Thank you for your input!

  58. JT

    We just moved into a house and my sons room has dentil crown molding (yuck for teenage boys room) we are planning on shiplap but my husband wants to keep the existing molding, I say it looks like it’s from a different era and no way. Your opinion?

  59. Addison Murphy

    Your home’s nursery is absolutely lovely! I just love how everything looks white and fresh. I’ve been meaning to ask; would laminated planks also work for this?

  60. Marc

    Awesome! We wanted to do a planked wall for our island cottage, but whoa, the cost put us off. Now thanks to you, we’ll go ahead and do it. Thanks.

  61. Dusty

    As someone who works in a home depot lumber dept. I want to thank you for being the only person to diy this that didn’t suggest getting us to cut the u derlayment for you. While I’m glad to make cuts for anyone I don’t like explaining to people that the smallest I can go due to safety policies is a 12 inch cut. A second point though is anytime your working on a project like this come find that departments staff member. Sometimes we’re too busy to chat (particularly on weekends) but we love talking to people about what they’re trying to do and offering options instead of people just asking where something is. It’s doesn’t take very long on the floor before you’ve almost heard of it all.

  62. Stacey

    You literally just saved me a weekend of work taking down crown molding and repairing the walls! I love your final result with the crown molding – I really was going more for texture on more my walls than being a shiplap “truest” and your final result is awesome – thanks so much for sharing

  63. suzanne

    Hi Sarah, do you think it would be possible to put shiplap OVER wall tiles? Love shiplap and trying to avoid having to take down ugly brown tiles that run from floor to ceiling. Thanks!

  64. Chris

    The shiplap is beautiful.. Did you use adhesive on all the boards or just the first one?

  65. Kyrstan

    So do you think I can do this over wallpaper?!

  66. Susan F.

    What size wall did you plank?
    I have 10 ft. ceilings and a 14 ft. wall I’d LOVE to shiplap…
    but fear it will cost more than $30-$40!

  67. Randi Veiberg

    Hi Sarah
    This room looks great and your directions sound so easy! When it came to the outlets and switches, did you have to use spacers behind them to raise their profiles out from the original wall?

  68. Chris

    Looks great!
    Did these planks hold up over time? I read another DIY post that used the same material and they ended up warping and bowing away from the wall since they are so thin. Did you have any trouble with this?
    We had our local HD do the cuts for us on .25 inch plywood and the cuts were not straight so we couldn’t use the planks, total waste of money. I’m debating buying the real shiplap since we have tried the cheap route ( twice now) and still ended up with crooked boards, which ruins the entire idea since the spacing would be off. Your hubby was able to get each of the boards perfectly straight?

    1. Hi Chris! We moved 2 years after we finished that room and none of them had bowed or warped in any way. We did use glue and nails on each piece though. My husband and FIL did get completely straight boards with the saw!

  69. Cindy

    Can you please tell us what size nails you used?

  70. Kathy

    I would love to try this but we have plaster walls. Do you think the adhesive would work alone?? Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Kathy! Clean the plaster walls down thoroughly to get anything off the painted plaster. The adhesive should hold the boards up because they’re very thin and light!

  71. Ella G

    Great tips, especially how to get the plank-wood look on the cheap.

    The ads on your site are OVERWHELMING.

  72. Michael Contella

    I cant find in the article what type of wood you used. Thanks in Advance

  73. Bryan

    In what world is this 30 dollars?

    1. Becky

      She did one wall of a tiny room….3 sheets of plywood at $ bucks a piece, she rounded to $30 from $33 (as she admitted) and she got the paint for free.

  74. Mickey Burkeen

    We have an UGLY wall that I would love to cover, but it will be taken out in a few years. Is the adhesive necessary, or can we use nails only?

  75. Kaira

    Okay, i really loved the way you explained it in simple ways, gonna try it on my ugly wall for sure. Thanks`

  76. Cellera

    any alternate to Underlayment Plywood? pls let me know. Thanks!

  77. Anna sera

    Thanks for this excellent guide, will try to implement.

  78. mandii

    This is a great tutorial and fairly easy for the average person! My husband and I were able to plank an accent wall and it was totally doable! We used all of the materials listed and while it was WAY cheaper than any other option, its definitely not a $30 project unless you have the perfect paint laying around and don’t need to buy anything other than the wood (which was still more than $30 for us)! I think its 100% worth doing and easy and ours turned out wonderfully but I also think it would be good to know that the materials alone cost us about $150 so just something to keep in mind and consider before starting!

  79. Susan

    it would be super duper helpful to know exactly what kind of wood you used……. was it Luan? Eucaboard?

  80. William

    Was it really for $30? Just asking!

  81. Kimmer Rock

    Hi, this is beautiful and the instructions are super easy to follow. I imagine that the price really depends on the size of the wall. I was going to do one living room wall and it will take about $85 in the wood alone. But that isn’t bad, cause peal and stick would be about the same pricing as the wood and the wood will hold up so much better! Thanks for sharing.

  82. Kristy Harrison

    Do you have strips down your walls? If so did you just place the planks right over them or remove them?
    I want to do that to our walls we live in a manufactured home with the strips on the walls.

  83. dawn kimberlin

    how do i know how much plywood i will need? I love your room , but yours is the first I have read that has used glue!!

  84. Ginger Martin

    What type of wood? In your checklist you stated .. (add type of wood , you had never heard of)
    So what type of wood… by name…please and thank you

  85. Stephanie

    I would love to do an inexpensive wall, do you think I could stain it different shade of a light wood color?

    1. Hmm I don’t think this type of wood will hold stain that well. Or, it may not look exactly how staining a piece of pine would look, if that makes sense

  86. Cindy Barrett Buchanan

    For a time saver, most lumber yards will rip your lumber to width you choose. That way you would only need to use the chop saw for end cuts.

  87. Velma

    Unable to do the things i used to but still enjoy watching the fun projects. Thanks so much for sharing. The wall looks amazing.
    God Bless you and your family. Especially your new little one.
    Thanks again

  88. Mary

    Looks great! Thank you for sharing. I will use this idea for my laundry room.

  89. Jessica

    Love this!! How many sheets of wood did you start with?

  90. Debby

    Love your shiplap wall and would like to try it in my living room but only on one wall. Question, what wall do you put the ship lap on? My living room is quite small! Thanks

  91. Susan

    How visible are the knots in the wood after painting? Does the paint do a good job at hiding them?

    1. You don’t really see any knots in underlayment wood. If you used 2x4s or something really “knotty” you’d be able to see them. I would still prime before painting!

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