Start by painting the wall white, if it isn't already, and then take a dry brush and brush left to right to give it a wood grain kind of look. Once the paint dries, measure every 6 inches starting at the floor and go up the wall and make a mark with your pencil on the wall. Make sure its big and dark enough for you to easily find it again.
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Shiplap is everywhere and keeps popping up more and more every time I turn around. I have always been a fan but felt I didn’t have the right place for it, like it belonged in a big old farmhouse or a nice coastal house…but that is so not the case! Check out how easy it can be to transform your wall into a "sharpie shiplap wall" and cost $1 in total...all I had to buy was a sharpie marker from the dollar tree!
Once you’ve made your marks, take a level and a yardstick and draw a line across the wall, making sure it’s level all the way across! I checked my level on both ends and the middle just to make sure. And if you don't have a yardstick, any straight edged piece of wood will work!
Then take your sharpie marker and trace the pencil line, I used to level again with my yardstick just to make sure it stays level across the wall.
And there's your DIY sharpie shiplap wall! If you end up making a line too thick, or find any type of mistake, just use some white paint to cover and make the line again! It takes a double take before realizing this isn't actual panels on the wall, especially in areas with are covered with items for example, entry way walls with coats/baskets or in the kitchen as a backdrop. You could use this anywhere!