How to Shiplap a Bay Window

6 Materials
6 Hours
The shiplap look is all the craze these days and I admit I just can't get enough of it. I have to hold myself back from wanting to shiplap every wall in my house in some way or another.

If you want to add some character to your space shiplap is an easy, cheap and fabulous way to do this.

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Here is how the space looked before.
I started out by cutting the plywood. Cuts will very depending on your particular area. My cuts ended up being app 5 1/4 inches wide with varying lengths. 

I made my cuts using a table saw, however if you don't own a table saw have the hardware store cut them for you.

Start out by measuring the area and marking the studs.  I attached the board using a nail gun and brad nails
When I attached the next board I used popsicle sticks as spacers.
I cut the boards in various lengths to stagger the boards.  There is no method to the madness I just went with what I thought looked good.
When I applied shiplap around the bay window I cut a beveled angle of 45 degrees to the edge of the planks to create a smooth transition from the wall to the shiplap. 
I used wood filler to fill in all the nail holes and then sanded to smooth it. Then I applied one coat of white primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams Alabaster White.

Here is the final picture.
If you have ever wanted to try shiplap I would encourage you to try it. It is easy, inexpensive and makes a statement in any room.

Are you a brick lover? Check out an easy way to add brick to you space with How to DIY a Faux Brick Wall.

Thanks so much for hanging out.

Suggested materials:
  • Thin plywood   (hardware store)
  • 18G 2 inch nails   (hardware store)
  • Stud finder   (hardware store)
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Tiffany from Dream Design DIY
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  • Millie Millie on Aug 02, 2017
    Love this project. Do you put anything in the spaces once you remove the Popsicle sticks?

  • Don14411377 Don14411377 on Aug 03, 2017
    Did you use Flat, Satin, Semi Gloss or Gloss paint? It looks wonderful!

  • Allisonm Allisonm on Sep 12, 2017
    Looks awesome! How did you do the brick? Or is it real?

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  • Donna Avery Donna Avery on Aug 09, 2017
    Do you have enough room for built in seating in that bay window, maybe use a little drop leaf table with it? Walls look great!

  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 10, 2017
    Very nice great job
    now it has character😁