Shiplap is everywhere. If you’ve ever referred to yourself as a home DIY-er, watched HGTV’s Fixer Upper, or considered ‘rustic’ your aesthetic, you’re already familiar with not only what shiplap is, but likely also have an idea of how to bring this reclaimed wood look and feel into your home.
If however you’re new to the labor of love that is DIY home projects, you might need a crash course on shiplap. Chances are, even if the term ‘shiplap’ brings nothing to mind other than, “are you sure that’s not a typo?” you’ve seen this rustic style many times before.
So, what actually is shiplap? Because no, it’s not a typo. Shiplap is a term used for wooden boards that have rabbets, or grooves, cut into their edges for a unique overlapping fit. Traditionally used for shed or barn exteriors, shiplap is now commonly used to decorate interior walls to give a distinctive look to any room in a few simple steps.
To add a pop of rustic flare to your own Frederick-area home and create shiplap that Joanna Gaines herself would be proud of, follow the steps below.
First things first, gather everything you need:
- Measure the entire area(s) you’ll be decorating with shiplap. Use the square footage of each area/wall to determine how many planks you need
- You can purchase rabbeted shiplap from a lumberyard, big box hardware store, or order online from one of the big box hardware suppliers if your local store doesn’t have any onsite. Look for planks that are 5.375 – 6in X 8 ft
- You’ll also need:
- Miter saw
- Stud finder
- Hammer/nail gun and nails
- The tape measurer you used to measure your wall earlier
- And of course, paint or stain in the color or finish that speaks to your rustic-loving soul
Now you’re ready to jump in!
- Use a stud finder and pencil to locate and mark all studs for the entire work area
- Begin by placing planks on the bottom first, and work your way up. Measure your wall width to determine how many planks you’ll need per row, and use your miter saw to cut each plank accordingly. Once you’ve placed your first bottom plank, use a level to ensure it’s, well – level, and nail that shiplap wood in-place
- Place your next row, ensuring to tuck the grooved edges of each plank into the row below it. They’ll fit together like the easiest puzzle you’ve ever done. Be sure to follow a non-uniform pattern of board placement to create a visual appearance of genuine reclaimed wood
- Continue placing and nailing in your planks, driving nails directly into wall studs each time. When you reach the top, depending on how much space is left, you may need to use your miter saw to cut a plank horizontally to create a shorter piece that fits the space
- Fill in the nail holes with spackle, and sand off the excess once it dries
- Paint or stain the wall with your chosen color
Et voila! You have your own beautiful shiplapped wall; your own little rustic paradise. Go ahead and post a photo on social media – you know you want to, you Frederick-area DIYer.