easy diy shiplap wall

We did a thing last weekend! If you have been following along on Instagram, you probably know just how much I HATED the glued-on mirror that adorned one of the walls in my living room. We have been living with it for two years now and we just couldn’t stand it anymore! So, we got to work and our easy diy shiplap wall was born!
We discussed several options for removing or hiding the mirror, but we finally landed on a white shiplap wall for a few reasons:

1. We felt a white wall would brighten up the space and be a nice contrast to the gray walls and the (soon to be) hardwood floor.
2. Our house is 50 + years old and that wall was WONKY. Putting shiplap over it hid the imperfections well.

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easy diy shiplap wall

ICYMI, the wall looked like this before:


The good news is, this DIY was pretty easy, took one day, and didn’t exceed $200. It had HUGE impact on our living area, though. Definitely one of my favorite projects to date!


Shiplap Boards (how many you need will depend on how big of a space you’re shiplapping)
(Potentially) Strip of Quarter Round (We used this at the top, where we had a small gap between the last board and the trim)
Stud Finder
Nail Gun & Air Compressor (or a hammer, but it will be easier with the nail gun)
2 Inch Nails
Tape Measure This one is BY FAR the best, you want to make sure you are using a quality one for the most accurate measurements!
Framing Square
Miter Saw (for cutting boards to length)
Table Saw (for stripping the top and bottom boards)
Jig Saw (for any notching that may be required, outlets, etc) This one is AWESOME and a great deal!
Caulk Gun
Drop Cloth
White Paint (I used Glidden’s White on White in matte finish)
Roller & Paint Tray


To begin, take some good, accurate measurements of the wall. The boards are technically 5.25” tall, but that includes the tongue and groove. The actual exposed surface (including the nickel gap) is 4-⅝”, so keep that in mind when you are figuring out how many boards you will need. We neglected to do that and ended up having to make a second trip to Home Depot for ONE board (oops).

[NOTE: If you do not have a miter saw to cut your boards to size with, you can get them cut at Home Depot. However, I recommend cutting them as you go, as you can measure above each board you lay to ensure the length for the next one is correct. Since our home is over 50 years old, our wall was (very) wonky and not all of the boards ended up needing to be the same length.]

Once you have all your supplies, it’s time to get to work!

Find the studs in your wall and mark them. We used our stud finder and a straightedge to mark each and draw a line down the entire wall where they were located. This way, you know where to nail the shiplap.

diy shiplap wall

Now the fun part begins! Using a table saw, strip the tongue off of your bottom board, so that it will lay flush against your bottom trim/floor.

Place your first board, ensure that it is level, and nail it into place, being sure to place the nails where the studs are.


Next, you are going to place the next piece of shiplap into the groove of  the first board, ensuring that it is all the way in and level. Then, nail it into place with the nail gun on the studs.

You will continue that process with each piece of shiplap until you get to the top! It really is smooth sailing from that point on .. unless .. you have to make cuts for things like trim and outlets.

On our second board, we had to make cuts using our jig saw so that the outlet would not be covered. When you do this, you will also need to move the outlet forward. Use spacers to get the outlet flush with your new shiplap wall.

easy diy shiplap wall

Once we had our shiplap boards all the way to the top, there was about a one-inch space between the last board and the wall. Too small of a space to put another piece of shiplap, but too big to just leave; we decided to put a piece of white quarter round trim to finish the wall. It blends seamlessly with the other trim in the space and I am so happy with how it turned out.

Next, we caulked all the nail holes and any of the spaces that had big gaps. I opted not to fill in all the sides because I liked the way the shiplap looked slightly imperfect. It gives a nice rustic touch to it, in my opinion.

Lastly, I painted over the shiplap with Glidden’s White on White interior paint in matte finish. Even though the shiplap is primed, you will definitely still need to paint it.


Once the paint was dry, we moved our DIY sofa table (super easy tutorial coming soon!) back onto the wall and marveled at our hard work.

I am so delighted with how this wall turned out and I cannot wait to style it!  I will be sure to keep you all updated on what we decide to put on it. We currently have a bull skull or floating shelves in the running. We should probably get connected on Instagram, just so you don’t miss anything, right? ;)

easy diy shiplap wall