If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen my stories about my office makeover. As I’m starting to focus more on blogging, I wanted a pretty space to inspire me as I write and create. Of course I knew right away that I wanted to do shiplap. This is the first little bit of shiplap we have put it on our home and now I want to put it everywhere! I blame Chip and Jojo. There are a lot of shiplap tutorials out there already but I wanted to share with you our DIY shiplap tutorial. My office isn’t finished quite yet, we just have the shiplap done so stay tuned for the full reveal soon!
Three years ago I redid my office with gold polkadots on the feature wall. Here is what it looked like…
This feature wall was so fun to create but not really my style anymore. Time to bring on the SHIPLAP!!
Tools/Materials You Need:
- 1/4″ plywood underlayment cut into 6″ wide strips (Lowe’s cut it for me)
- Trim (I used 3/4″ quarter round)
- Nail gun (I used the cordless Ryobi Brad Nailer) and nails (I used 1 1/2″ nails)
- Measuring tape
- Saw (miter saw and/or circular saw)
- Stud finder
- Primer (I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3)
- Paint (I used Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams)
- Paint Brush
- Paint Roller
-Buy shiplap and trim: We used primed 1/4″ plywood cut into 6″ wide strips. We got 4 sheets of plywood and had a little bit leftover. Make sure to measure your space so you know how many sheets you will need for your project. I highly recommend that you call your local hardware store and ask if they will cut the plywood for you before you drive down there. I planned on going to Home Depot but when I called they told me they weren’t allowed to cut anything smaller than 12″ wide. Luckily I contacted Lowes and they told me they could cut it for me, yay! We used 3/4″ quarter round trim. I got two pieces.
-Sand the shiplap: After all the strips are cut, the edges will be pretty rough. Make sure to sand them down till they are smooth to the touch. I used a sanding block but regular sandpaper will work just as well. A medium grit should work just find for this.
-Prime or paint bare wall: Depending on what color your wall is you may or may not need to prime it or paint it. I chose to prime mine because of the polka dots, I didn’t want those showing through the cracks.
-Find studs: When the paint is dry grab your stud finder and a pencil and put a mark at all the studs. Then grab your measuring tape and draw a horizontal line from ceiling to the floor down each stud. It’s important to nail the shiplap into studs, not just the drywall. The lines are drawn so you can easily locate the stud with each row of shiplap. Here’s what the wall looked like with all the lines on the studs.
-Cut and place your first row: Remember, you have to nail into the studs so this will determine the length of all your pieces. Choose how many pieces you want on the first row and cut each piece accordingly with your miter saw or circular saw. Each end has to hit a stud. I started my first row at the top. Use your level to make sure that the first row is straight. When it’s level go ahead and nail in the first row. Nail into each stud all the way down the board.
You can see here we used two nails at each end of the boards. If you nail in just the middle, the corner’s might lift up.
-Use nickels to space the next row: You will need a few hands for this so make sure you have at least one more person helping you. Grab 3-4 nickels and the shiplap pieces for the next row. I wanted my shiplap to look random, because that’s how real shiplap is. I didn’t want all the seams to hit at the same spot so we had to take it row by row (my husband loved it lol). Each piece was cut at a different length to stagger the seams. Place your nickels in between your rows and nail in the next row making sure your are nailing into the studs. We also put a nickel to space the seams. I think this is personal preference, you may not want a space in the seams and that’s fine too!
-Continue all the way down the wall: Continue cutting the shiplap to your desired length and nailing it into the studs. When you get to the very bottom you will probably have to rip the last board to make it fit.
-Cut around the outlet: When you get to the outlet, measure and mark the hole on your board. Use the jigsaw to cut out the hole.
-Rip the last board: When you get to the bottom, measure the width of the last section. Don’t forget to account for the nickel spacing. We didn’t need to remove our baseboards, but you may want to if that is your preference.
-Cut and place trim: It’s your choice if you want to put trim. I liked using trim because we didn’t have to worry about the boards butting up perfectly to the edge of the wall. We used 3/4″ quarter round from Lowes. When you are nailing in the trim it’s important to angle the nail gun so that the nail goes into the stud. It may be a little tricky if you have a large nail gun, but try and angle it towards the stud as best as you can.
-Finishing touches: I wanted this to look as natural as possible so I didn’t fill in my nail holes or use caulk around the trim. This is completely up to you. If you want a more polished look you can use putty to fill holes and caulk between the trim and the sheetrock.
-Prime and paint: Now all you need to do is prime and paint! I did one coat of primer and two coats of paint. I chose Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams and love the neutral gray tone.
I am so excited about this office makeover and I can’t wait to show you when it’s finished. What do you think of this DIY shiplap? I hope this inspires you to create your own shiplap wall! Let me know what you think in the comments below or follow along on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK. Make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any posts!