Here’s what you’ll need:
- brad nailer
- 1 1/2″ brad nails
- shiplap boards (I found mind at Home Depot.)
- paint (I used Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.)
- smooth foam paint roller
- stud finder
- tape measure
- air compressor
Determine How much Shiplap is Needed
The first thing I did was determine how much material I needed. I did this by doing a rough estimate of the wall area: width x height. Since part of my wall is angled due to the slope in the ceiling, I measure the highest part. That way, I knew I would have enough.
When we built our house, shiplap was hard to find. But now, you can find it at pretty much any local home improvement store. I found mine at Home Depot. It’s 4 inches wide and already primed.
Paint the Shiplap
It’s best to paint shiplap before putting it up, at least the groove part of the board. I learned this the hard way when building. Since we weren’t using a sprayer to paint our walls, it was impossible to get the paint in the grooves with a roller and brush. So I ended up buying a cheap sprayer to paint the grooves. Lesson learned.
I had some help from Brooke on this project. First, she used a brush to paint the groove part of the boards.