Create a Simple Faux Shiplap Accent Wall

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Looking for a unique accent wall that won’t break the bank? I’ve got an idea for you! This faux shiplap wall was easy, inexpensive and really fun to do.

I bought three 4×8 sheets of 1/4″ lauan plywood, then found the nice guy in the wood section to rip it down for me. He used the panel saw to cut the sheets into 6″ wide planks.

At home I used my pad sander to smooth the edges out. I used 120 grit sandpaper, and sanded 2 planks at a time. It’s quick, just a minute or two on each plank, but really makes a big difference in your finished product! 

No glue needed!

I used my brad nailer to attach the planks to the wall. The wall was purple to start, so I covered it with just one coat of white paint before installing the planks. 

I also used my jigsaw to cut out the spaces for the return vent and the outlets. 

To space out the boards I used a nickel. It was just the right width to produce the shadow effect of the planks. This is what really makes it look like shiplap!

Once the boards were all up, I used just a tiny bit of spackle to fill the nail holes, and caulk along the seams on the ends of the walls. I added a strip of quarter round to the edges to finish off the edges because gave them a nice finish.

The walls took two coats of paint and primer in one. I used white semi gloss paint straight off the shelf. The second coat is really where the magic happens and the wall just comes to life. It’s clean, white, and has so much character! 

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  • Cindy Rubin
    Cindy Rubin
    on Sep 25, 2019

    Do you think this would work on garage ceiling to cover the popcorn paint that is there now or would the surface be too uneven?

  • Tom
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I watched your vid. Just to get a quick overview of your process and results. Very good job results. A few steps I was shouting to the screen, “Why are you doing that?” Then, if I’d just watched and waited, I would understand.

    if you have A shop-vac or an old vacuum you could connect it to your power equipment and reduce your dust. You can make a 1 foot funnel with paper, attached to your vacuum, to hold Under your manual sanding to collect that dust.

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