Learn how to create a beautiful shiplap wall in your home without breaking the bank. This step-by-step guide will show you how to create a DIY shiplap wall cheaply and easily.

Create a Plan


This first step will help you get a vision of the completed project, and know how much material you will need to buy.

Measure and Prepare


Measure the walls that you want to add shiplap to in order to get an overall length and width of the space.

Preparing the Shiplap Boards


Use a table saw to rip (or cut) the plywood into 5 inch strips. This creates faux plywood shiplap boards to use for the project.

Install the First Board


Start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up to attach the shiplap boards to the wall.

Cut Boards Around Obstacles


You may need to make additional cuts to fit around obstacles in your space. Things like electrical outlets, light switches, and plumbing can get in the way when you are installing the shiplap.

Install the Top Trim Board


This trim piece helps to create a finished edge for your shiplap if you are only creating a half wall of shiplap like we did.

Finishing Touches


Fill any nail holes and then paint the entire shiplap wall.

DIY Shiplap