How To Add A Shiplap Wall To Any Room

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Easy DIY to add shiplap to any room

I recently joined some of my oh so talented blogging buddies for a $100 room makeover.  Yep, you read that right!  We were only allowed a budget of $100.  Good news is, I came in under budget.  I tackled our master bathroom (with the help of my wonderful hubby) and it turned out great if I do say so myself.  The biggest change to our master bathroom was the shiplap wall we added and today I am here to show you how to add a shiplap wall to any room.

Supplies Needed for a shiplap wall

  • 1×6 untreated pine boards (we used 18, make sure to measure your wall to see how many to buy)
  • table saw
  • jig saw
  • nail gun
  • 3 inch brad nails
  • stain
  • gloves and white t-shirt rags to apply stain

We my hubby started by taking off the backsplash on the side of the countertop.  I needed his muscles  because it was stuck on there good.  Some of the countertop ripped off too, but the shiplap covered it, thank goodness!

And the fun begins!

My hubby says he is really tired of my projects becoming his projects, so this time around he showed me how to use the power tools and I did all the work…well most of it.  The first thing you want to do is measure the length of your wall and cut your boards to size.  Measure twice, cut once.   Did I tell you I got to use power tools?!

easy diy to add shiplap to any wall in your home.

We started with the board that went against the vanity because of the extra cuts that had to be made to go around the remaining backsplash.  Then we worked up to the ceiling and then down to the baseboard.  We used a yard stick for spacing between each board.  It worked great and slid along the board as I nailed from one end to the other.

Easy DIY shiplap for any room

Easy DIY to add shiplap to any room

I thought about painting the boards white and then I thought about painting them the same color as the rest of the walls.  I am sure my hubby was as surprised as I was when I decided to stain it instead.  I used Minwax Provincial 211 to stain the boards.  Make sure you wear gloves and turn on the exhaust fan or open the windows because it is a bit stinky, to say the least.  Our bedroom still smells like stain!

The easiest way to stain such a large amount of space is to use a rag.  I used white t-shirt rags.

Easy Diy to add shiplap to any room

Easy DIY to add shiplap to any room

I love the rustic element this shiplap wall adds to the master bath and I can’t wait to add more pictures to it to really give it an eclectic vibe.  I think we are even going to add a shiplap wall to the family room, although it will probably get painted.

I hope you found this helpful and I hope it inspires you to add some character to your home that fits your design style.

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Easy DIY to add shiplap to any room


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Until next time,


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  • Reply
    Cassie Smallwood
    April 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    That is beautiful! Really changes up the room.

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      April 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

      thank you Cassie! It was so easy to do that now I think we are going to add a wall like this to our family room!

  • Reply
    April 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulation on tackling this yourself. My hubs whines about my projects becoming his projects too. When I try to do them on my own it scares him enough he comes and helps. He loathes wasting materials… hehe.

    Your wall turned out really well Sue, you should be very proud of it.

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Leanna! I am threatening to go out and use the table saw now for all kinds of stuff! He may have created a monster, but at least he won’t have to help me now….much, LOL

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    Amber Harrop
    April 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    The wall looks great and I mist try this in my Bathroom !!

    • Reply
      April 12, 2017 at 7:27 am

      I would love to see it when you do! It really was an easy update. Have a very happy Easter!

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    April 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I love this!! great job! & thank you for linking it up to Waste not Wednesday! We loved it!!

    • Reply
      April 12, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Kellie and thank you for hosting a great party!

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    April 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party. Looking forward to see more from you this week.

    • Reply
      April 12, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Denise! Thank you for hosting 🙂

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    Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    April 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I love this so much, Susanne! Good on you for tackling this yourself! I take my hat off to you!! What a fabulous change in the room! 🙂

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      April 12, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Sam! It was so easy to do and now I finally know how to use my hubby’s saws 😉 Thank you for the feature on Waste not Wednesday!

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    May 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Suzanne! This is a great post! My niece,, is looking at doing this in her office for her Facebook live backdrop. I will be sure to pass this on. Also, thanks for commenting on my picnic post. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I would like to invite you on Tuesday’s to come join my home decor, DIY Linky Party. Feel free to go check out last weeks, and/or link up Tuesday. I hope you have a great day! 🙂

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      May 16, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Thank you Linda! That wall was really easy to do, with a teensy bit of help from the hubby. I will definitely stop by your party!

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