DIY Shiplap Fireplace Tutorial

5 Materials
4 Hours

This tutorial will show you how to add shiplap above your fireplace for a custom, modern farmhouse look on a small budget in just one day! All of the supplies needed are available at your local Lowe's or Home Depot.

Here is what the finished two story shiplap fireplace will look like.

Fireplace Before: Here is the fireplace before. It was one giant blank space with no character.

For "shiplap" we used this primed wood shadow gap product from Lowe's. We chose this product because it is already primed and it is self-spacing.

First you need to measure your space to determine how much material to buy. We measured the width of the fireplace mantle as well as the height from the mantle to the ceiling.

The width of our mantle spans 60 inches. We decided to use 53 inch long shiplap planks to allow for a vertical 1-in x 4-in board on each side of the shiplap to give it a finished edge. *Save yourself some time and have Lowe's cut your boards in store - this is what we did!

The distance from the top of the mantle to the ceiling measured 177 inches. We planned on using 5.375 inch shiplap planks. Dividing 177 by 5.375 told us we would need a total of 33 shiplap planks.

If you plan to mount your TV above your fireplace, install your TV mount hardware first (see photo above).

Use a stud finder to locate the studs behind your dry wall. Use a level and a pencil to mark the stud going up the entire length of the wall.

Place the first shiplap board on top of the mantle. Make sure it is level and centered.

Follow your pencil mark and use a nail gun to nail the shiplap plank to the wall directly into the stud.

Continue to add shiplap boards on top of one another, working from the bottom up.

Use an extension ladder to work your way from the bottom all the way to the top until you reach the ceiling. Chances are you will need to rip the last shiplap board to fit the exact height.

We gave the shiplap edges a finished look by running a 1-in x 4-in board vertically up each side. You can skip this step if the ends of your shiplap will be butting up against a wall or other surface.

That's it!

I chose to embrace the rustic perfection and opted to forgo filling in the nail holes and painting. I left them just the way they were!

The shiplap completely changes the entire feel of the fireplace and the room.

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