Hi everyone! You know how LONG I have waited for this day.. to have a teeny tiny itsy bitsy WALL OF SHIPLAP!! Well we have one! Its small but oh its still Shiplap! So I have a quick and easy DIY tutorial for you on how to make your own shiplap wall!
Shiplap Wood – We used Underlayment Plywood cut into 6 inch planks.
“No More Nails” Adhesive for Panelling and Moulding aka Liquid Nails
Nail Gun – We used a Dewalt 18V Pneumatic Brad Nailer
Nails – We used 18 gauge 1.25 inch brad nails
Trim of Choice and Caulking (for finishing)
Your choice of Paint – We used Sherwin Williams Super Paint in Alabaster
This is what the space looked like before – You have to remember, we live in a cookie cutter, builder grade home.. so the walls are not painted and its cute, but lacks character!
Since, literally, this is the first thing you see when you enter our home, I wanted it to have that modern farmhouse feel I am trying to go for. This obviously needed shiplap! So here is basically what you have to do – you are essentially nailing the planks of wood to the wall with a little space in between to give it that planked wall look. If you go to buy real planks of wood, this project can easily cost an arm and a leg. But since we opted for a more reasonable plywood option, the project only cost us $200 (assuming you have the power tools). Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a little helper 🙂
So first, find and mark the studs in the wall – you can mark them at multiple spots and draw a vertical line down the wall so you know where the studs are to help you nail. Here is my husband doing that
Since, we are newbies and didn’t want any planks falling off, we also used liquid nails on the planks of wood. We started at the bottom of the wall (you can start at the bottom or top, whatever is easier for you really) and made sure the trim was level as well as the first plank before we nailed it in. We first applied liquid nails, then stuck on the piece of wood and then nailed into the studs as well as a few feet apart. We repeated the steps (its super simple!I mean, me (the power tool challenged lady) can do it, so can you!) but this time, used tile spacers to space out the planks. More experienced DIY’ers will tell you to use nickels to separate the planks… yea we aren’t there yet 😉
And then we worked our way to the top… truly the Dewalt Brad Nailer was a life saver! I mean, I don’t know what I have been doing with my DIY’s all my life using a hammer (GASP!) and nails and always hammering my fingers in the process. If you don’t own a Brad Nailer and are looking to purchase one, I highly recommend this one. It is incredibly easy to set up (again, yours truly learned how to do that in a jiffy!) and even easier to use! I have used it multiple times since then and cannot say enough positive things about it!
Once the wall was completed, I used spackle to cover the nails and let it dry. I also used some sand paper to quickly sand off any excess.
The next step is optional.. as I have seen walls both with and without it – corner trim. We had not planned to put this on, but because we went to home depot 10 times in the same day (hello, newbies here!), we decided to get some trim and nail it in to “finish” off the little wall as this is really the ONLY shiplap wall. So we added some trim which cost us like $5! We cut it so size at home depot ourselves and put it along the length of the wall using.. you guessed it, our handy Dewalt Brad Nailer!
Next, we painted the wall with Sherwin Williams Super Paint (paint and primer in one) in Alabaster, which is truly such a beautiful white! It is not cool or warm, but perfectly in the middle. And bonus – it is Joanna Gaines favourite shiplap white – so I knew we could do no wrong!
And here it is, the entryway nook, in all its farmhouse glory, all dressed up for fall – Truly #JoJoMadeMeDoIt!
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