Sharpie Shiplap Project

3 Materials
1 Hour

I kept seeing shiplap ideas online and imagined how good it would look in a closet. Low and behold, the catch all closet was the best guinea pig for this project! And it’s located in one of our guest rooms so it will be perfect for any upcoming guests.

Clear out the Closet

I cleared out the closet, gave the walls some love with a magic eraser to get rid of a few scuffs, removed the shelves, and it was time to start the sharpie shiplap project!

Note: If your closet wall isn’t white, it’s best to paint the closet beforehand with white paint for a better effect. Bright white paint contrasts so well with the sharpie marker. If painting first, please allow paint to dry at least 24 hours before starting the project.  

Make pencil marks from top to bottom

Grab your measuring stick and pencil and start making small marks every five inches starting from the ceiling (left side of the wall) to the floor. Repeat this process on the right side of the wall starting with the ceiling and working your way down to the floor.

Once the marks are complete, take the cap off of a sharpie marker and press the tip several times against a paper towel to allow the paint to come to the surface. Then, recap the marker and give it a good shake for the paint to mix. After that, the marker is good to go!

Note: The Oil-based Sharpie marker is crucial because it sticks to the wall the best and it won't rub off onto your beautiful clothes. Don't skimp and get a regular Sharpie marker.

It's time to Sharpie Shiplap!

The Sharpie Shiplap process works best by drawing horizontal lines from left to right, starting from the top of the wall below the ceiling to the floor. You may need to use a stool if you have really high ceilings. Using the measuring stick, draw a horizontal line from left to right making sure the line aligns with the original left mark and right mark. Then, slide the measuring stick to the right side of the wall to continue drawing the line to the end of the wall (left to right) After you complete the first line, start to draw a horizontal line below the line where the second mark is located (left to right).

What a change!

This project gets much easier as you go along! Take your time. Don’t worry if your marker slips! You can always touch it up with white paint later.

Style your space

Here is the finished space! I added some baskets, pillows, and greenery to make it more cozy. This closet has never looked this good and I’m thrilled with the result. No more embarrassing, hot mess closet! 

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3 questions
  • Hope
    on Jul 3, 2020

    It looks great!! : ) I love how you styled it.

    What did you end up doing with all the 'stuff' that was stored in it before you did this..? That's the challenge I face around here...the cleared junk from one area has to go somewhere else...

    • Emily / Shorely Cozy
      on Jul 4, 2020

      Hi Hope! That’s right! I got rid of the a third of the stuff (donated/tossed), and moved the remaining items to other areas of the house (quilts and blankets went in a chest upstairs), filing cabinet and printer went in our loft, and photos went in another closet we barely use. I moved the flowers and decor to tubs we have in our garage (where all of our seasonal decor is located). Everything got placed in an area that made more sense for it!

  • Em
    on Jul 3, 2020

    cute for a picture but where are the rest of the clothes?

    • Melinda Brown Inglesby
      on Jul 11, 2020

      It'sa closet in her guest room. The clothes shown are probably just there for the pics. Either that or their "extra", seasonal items with no other place to go

  • Linda
    on Jul 3, 2020

    Looks beautiful but where is all of your stuff? Lets see the closet or place where you put it

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