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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  • I may have missed this but how do you determine how many sheets of plywood you will need? Ex: 8x12 wall?

  • Nancy vlcek Nancy vlcek on May 08, 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.)

  • 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.


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