Shiplap Wall for UNDER $40

Are you in love with the show Fixer Upper? Do you love Shiplap Walls? Wish you could have one? Well now you can! Follow these easy instructions and transform your own space for UNDER $40 with this DIY Shiplap Wall!

We recently gave a guest bedroom a whole new look!

This is where we started. This bedroom was painted a bright blue with tan trim, and we were ready for a change. Even though we were painting the whole room white (including the shiplap), we did not paint the wall prior to hanging the wood. I’m glad we didn’t waste time and materials, because it turned out just fine.

Shiplap Wall Supplies

  • Wood – we used 1/4 inch Luan Plywood from The Home Depot (cost $11.97 each)
  • Nails – 1+1/4 inch finishing or paneling nails
  • Tile Spacers – 1/4 inch

Tools Needed:

  • Table Saw
  • 4 foot Level
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

Step 1: Getting the Table Saw ready

Set the table saw to cut 8 inch width strips Note – you can also have the wood cut at your local lumber store. The prices vary from store to store, but most are under $1 per cut.

Step 2: Cutting the wood

To keep the cost down, we used Luan Plywood. We cut the plywood into 8 inch wide pieces. You can also use 6 or 10 inch if you like the look better. We found that the 8 inch width made the room appear a lot bigger.

Step 3: Finding the Studs The next step is to find and mark the studs

Step 4: Marking the Studs

After the studs are found, use your level to mark vertical lines on the wall where the studs are.

Step 5: Nailing the boards

Now it’s time to add the boards. We started at the top, so there was a full piece of board showing and staggered the seams. The bottom won’t show much because of the bed covering it. PLEASE visit the blog URL listed BELOW to see the rest of the completion of the Shiplap Wall.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 9 questions
  • Lou Ellen Carnes Montgomery
    Lou Ellen Carnes Montgomery
    on Mar 16, 2017

    I may have missed this but how do you determine how many sheets of plywood you will need? Ex: 8x12 wall?
    • Sue
      on Mar 25, 2017

      It comes in 4'X8' sheets so should take about 3 sheets.

  • Nancy vlcek
    Nancy vlcek
    on May 8, 2017

    Would it work to just turn the plywood sideways instead of cutting it and put it up in sheets? (Maybe I just don't understand shiplap. I'm new to this.)
    • Jason Foor
      Jason Foor
      on Apr 18, 2020

      Its meant to look like the old wooden ships. Thats why its called shipap. They were built with wooden planks its become very popular

  • Loretta Kroner
    Loretta Kroner
    on Jun 19, 2017

    Since the wall was blue and you used spacers, when you painted the boards, did you not find painting between those spaces a chore so that the wall would be totally white? You did a beautiful job.

    • Cynthia
      on Jul 4, 2019

      Where do you place the spacers and why do you use them?

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  • Jac9778599
    on Jun 19, 2017

    Jeannie Cain love this look . we've been thinking about trying this and after reading your helpful hints we will be doing this soon . thakk you and good job
  • Nancy Garthwaite
    Nancy Garthwaite
    on Jan 12, 2020


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