Vertical "Shiplap" Accent Wall

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2 Days

Vertical shiplap is so popular right now! While this isn't your traditional tongue and groove shiplap, it's an affordable alternative to achieve the same look. Here's what you need for this simple but impactful home project.

Here is our dining room wall before. Since I stole the round mirror to use in the remodeled half bath, the wall was looking bare and in desperate need of some wow factor. I decided vertical shiplap with a picture ledge to display decor was definitely the way to go.

I purchased three of these utility panels at Lowe's for $15 each. Figure out how tall you want your shiplap. Measure your wall. The rule of thumb when adding wainscoting is to divide your wall into thirds. Since I wanted it pretty tall, I went about 2/3 up the wall with my shiplap. I also removed my baseboards but this is optional.

I decided I wanted wide shiplap so I ripped the panels down to 8" wide. These panels are pretty floppy so you can have someone help you hold them or have a table beside you to help support the panel.

Hang the picture ledge board first. I marked the studs with my stud finder then had someone help me hold the board in place while I marked where the pocket holes needed to go. Drill the pocket holes then attach with pocket hole screws into the studs in the wall.

Mark the center of your wall and begin in the middle and work your way out. I attached the boards using Liquid Nails as well as a nail gun. I used a nickel for the spacing between the boards and used a speed square along the way to make sure the boards stayed even. If you have any spots that aren't even you can always fill in gaps and cracks with caulk.

Continue attaching the boards until you get to each end. Each end board may have to be ripped down a bit to fit.

Fill all nail holes and then sand smooth. I primed the boards before painting. I also stained the picture ledge before painting. I used Minwax Early American. The shiplap paint color is Mountain Road by Sherwin-Williams.

All that is left to do now is decorate your picture ledge! I did a combo of old and new. I'm going for the boho farmhouse vibe these days.

I'm so happy with how this turned out! It was a quick project and it really makes a statement in our dining room!

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  • Helene234 Helene234 on Aug 04, 2020

    I like your console table in the before, did you make it, if so where did you get the supports ?


  • Hil51531481 Hil51531481 on Jun 24, 2021

    Hi, I would love to try this but I am a beginner in woodworking! What are the dimensions for the picture ledge and where did you purchase it? Thanks!

  • Jod51102088 Jod51102088 on Aug 03, 2021

    I noticed the final pictures do not show the outlets. Did you run into any problems when you added the covers?


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  • Jmj28099454 Jmj28099454 on Aug 15, 2021

    You did a nice job putting a new spin on your wall. I am appalled at the need of others to throw out negative comments. How sad that they don’t use their time as creatively as you have. Keep sharing your ideas!

    • Build It Thrifty Build It Thrifty on Aug 16, 2021

      Aww thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my project! It’s ok 😂 To each his own I guess 🤷‍♀️😉 Gotta take the good with the bad. Lol

  • This is a great idea, I love how this turned out!! Everything looks fantastic!! 👏