DIY Shiplap Wall

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4 Hours

We had a blank wall that needed some sprucing up. Take a look at my take on the classic ship-lap wall, it sure did the trick. I cut plywood to make this shiplap-style wall for CHEAP!! And to add some thickness, I attached 1” chunks to the back. Easy peezy 🙌🏼 Here's how I did it!

This was our boring wall before I got to work. It just happens to be 16’ tall🙈

Step one: I cut 8” strips of this plywood. (DIY tip) This is a great way to save some $$!

Step two: Once all of the strips were cut, I added these little 1x4s to the ends of the plywood for some added depth.

Here's another cool trick for you! Pieces of this yardstick made for the perfect spacers. In the past I’ve also used nickles 🙌🏼 works great!

Step three: Fill the nail holes with some wood filler and then sand lightly.

Then brush on a fresh coat of paint (we chose white) and 😍🙌🏼. That's it! Hope you like it, and maybe give it a try yourself!

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  • Kelly LeTendre Kelly LeTendre on Nov 30, 2018

    Can you post a photo of the side? I’m interested in how the 1x4’s look from the side.

    • Sawdust & Whiskey Sawdust & Whiskey on Nov 30, 2018

      You can kind of see it on picture 4 and once everything was painted, it looked like solid lumber🙌🏼

  • Cathy christenson Cathy christenson on Dec 19, 2018

    Should I remove the molding ? All of it or just the wall I am shiplapping?

    • Sawdust & Whiskey Sawdust & Whiskey on Dec 20, 2018

      Hey Cathy! I’ve done both. When I’m using shiplap that’s thicker than the trim, I remove it for a nicer reveal. If you’re just using thin plywood, it may look clean up against the trim 🙌🏼

  • Andy Andy on Dec 23, 2018

    What type of plywood did you use? Thickness looks very thin and looks great! Thank you.

  • Cathe Ashcraft Cathe Ashcraft on Jan 17, 2019

    Did you put anything in the middle of the wall for support or just on the ends ? I was just wondering if you wanted to hang a photo or a picture up there what would be the support Looks beautiful

  • Deb Lentini Deb Lentini on Jan 24, 2019

    How do I save this I want to do this but not now

    • Sawdust & Whiskey Sawdust & Whiskey on Jan 24, 2019

      I’m not sure!! Maybe just click I want to do this now so it’ll be in your list🙌🏼

    • Katelyn Katelyn on Jan 27, 2019

      To save click on the green heart that says I want to do this! and it will save your project.

      Happy Hometalking,



    • Bronxgirlcl Bronxgirlcl on Apr 27, 2019

      There's a I want to do this tab with a heart at the bottom of the page . Just push it in.

  • Jenny Jenny on Jul 09, 2019

    Beautiful! I’ve been trying to design a fireplace insert/ tv entertainment center for a bare wall and this is something that would definitely work for me. I wonder where you placed the cable boxes etc.? Could you post a final pic after you added the tv? Thanks!

    • Sawdust & Whiskey Sawdust & Whiskey on Jul 09, 2019

      I had precut the spots for the outlet and the cable🙌🏼🙌🏼 Also, marked the studs for the tv mount⚒

    • Jenny Jenny on Jul 09, 2019

      Where did you set the cable box and DVR?... is there anyway to hide the boxes?


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  • Buffy Harris Buffy Harris on Dec 07, 2018

    I did this to an entire wall in my dining room. I did stagger my pieces in different lengths. My local homedepot actually cut the plywood into desired lengths for me saving even another step. We used something called pickling stain or white wash and it turned out amazing. We have gotten sooo many compliments. It was really easy to do as well. And cheap. One and a half sheets of plywood did an entire wall.We only did one wall using it as a focal point in the room. But I think it would look amazing on all of them. It really gave a rustic farmhouse look. Yours also looks amazing 😉

  • Lana Lana on Dec 07, 2018

    FANTASTIC IDEA!! I would never think of using chunks of wood on each end of the plywood strips like that -- what a great tip! And it looks really good, NOT like a shortcut! 😍😍😍 CONGRATS!