DIY Shiplap Wall With Weaber Lumber

by Charity
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If you’ve been around here for awhile, then you know that we created a DIY shiplap wall for Toby’s Cat Room a few months ago. That was just to dip our toes into the DIY world. And since we got a small taste of it and loved it, we decided to go big or go home! So that’s why we partnered with Weaber Lumber to create a beautiful, rustic shiplap wall downstairs in our game room. This wall was much larger than the first wall we attempted shiplap on, but I am so glad we went for it and tried it out. Because the end results look fantastic!

The finished wall really turned our downstairs area around and made it much more homey and cozy!

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my disclosure policy. I was also gifted the lumber for this project courtesy of Weaber Lumber. But all opinions are my own.

Materials Needed for DIY Shiplap Wall

  • Weaber Lumber Hardwood Boards (We used the weathered color, but they have plenty of other options available as well).
  • Nail Gun
  • Lots of Nails
  • Stud Finder
  • Black Paint
  • Circular Saw
Here is what the wall looked like before we got started.
First Steps For DIY Shiplap Wall

The first thing we did was use a stud finder to locate all the studs in the wall. At first my husband just marked a little line where each stud was. Then, he went back and drew a line down the whole wall so he could see as he went up with the shiplap boards where to nail them in. He just used a sharpie for this and the boards will cover it up so you won’t see that at the end.

Little lines marking where the studs are.
Here you can see how he drew the line all the way down to the bottom of the wall.
Attach the Shiplap Boards to the Wall

Once you have figured out where your studs are, you can now attach the boards to the wall. We used our nail gun and be sure you have plenty of nails readily available for this project. We did have to take a break in the middle of it and head to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement store to grab more.

The first boards are nailed in!
Making Progress!

This type of wood is meant to look rustic so you will notice as you go along that not everything lines up perfectly even. This kinda drove my OCD self crazy. But I had to just remember that we wanted a rustic and vintage look down here. And these boards are just that! I love how it ended up looking when we were done.

Tips and Tricks for DIY Shiplap Wall

So as I was stating above about the boards being a tad uneven, you may notice that there are slight gaps in between each board when you nail them in. Weaber recommends to paint your entire wall black before you get started to avoid seeing the sheetrock in between the boards. However, I got so excited to start the project that I didn’t even read that on the box! So our solution was to just paint as we go. Because we had already nailed down several rows of boards before we noticed the gaping and we didn’t want to have to start completely over.

You can see how I would just paint on a little black above the previous board before nailing down the other board on top.

My husband would just hold the boards up before we nailed them in. And that way we would determine whether or not a light gap would be present between them. If there was, I would simply go through and paint a thick, black line above the previous board. Then, we would nail the other one in. This may sound like a tedious project, but it really wasn’t. This process went by fairly quickly and we got this DIY Shiplap Wall done in just one day. If your walls are already a darker color, you may not even need to do this step. But as you can see, our walls are light. So it was definitely noticeable when you would see gaps in between the wood.

Hubs is working hard to finish the wall!
Final Thoughts About Weaber Lumber

Overall, I am highly impressed with this product. The boards got delivered extremely fast and it was super easy to figure out how much we needed to order before starting. They have an estimator on their website and you can put in the dimensions of your wall. It will tell you just how much you need. This includes extras in case there are a few boards too warped to use. Our wall is 22’L by 9’H and it recommended that we would need 21 units to finish this space. We ended up have 6 units left over. So really we could have been more picky about which boards to nail in.

We were pretty proud of ourselves for completing this project!
It looks so cozy down here with our Christmas tree as well!

We did notice that some of them were a tad bit warped, but we just worked with it. We were afraid that we would not have enough to complete it. Which in reality, we had plenty and could have changed a few boards out. But all in all, this was such a fun DIY project to do. And now we want to do the entire downstairs game room in this shiplap! Fingers crossed we can get more lumber soon. If we do, I will of course show you guys the outcome. We are super excited for our plans for this space and this is just one of the many ideas we have for down here. So be sure to keep checking back for some more DIY projects we have up our sleeves for this space here soon!

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  • Sharon Guzman Sharon Guzman on Feb 07, 2022

    Nicely done, where did you find the trolly you use for a table.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 04, 2023

    Awesome job!! I adore the sign hanging over your couch - did you custom order it? If so, can you share where you ordered it from? TYSM 😀

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  • Connie Connie on Jan 04, 2023

    Beautiful job! Absolutely love it! Really cool coffee table, too—perfect coordination.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Apr 10, 2023

    I love these walls! I did mine in 2017 but bought my wood from Lowe’s at the time as Home Depot didn’t even carry it yet. I am showing you the first pic at a distance and the 2nd a closer photo. The table in the first pic I had made around 2015. I fell in love with the tables and when I went to the antique stores to buy one, first of all they were very pricy and none of them were tall enough to really be used as a coffee table. I drew up a design and made my own and I’m still using it today.

    it took me quite some time to complete my wall as I live with fibromyalgia and you never know if you will be able to work or not. I just took my time, laid it all out on the floor and worked on it when I could. It took me several months as I painted, white washed and stained each piece before I got them up on the wall. I get a lot of compliments on both but for me it’s just putting things in my home that I love and I very much enjoy woodworking.