DIY Inexpensive Shiplap Walls
Shiplap your walls, they said. It will be easy, they said.
I really can’t believe that I never shared our completed DIY inexpensive shiplap walls with you guys! This post is a little overdue, but better late than never, right?!
I know that Pinterest has blown up with tutorials of shiplap, so this isn’t really a tutorial as such. Rather, I thought I’d share our experience and what I wish we’d known before starting!!
I’ll be completely honest with you–this project was cheap, but it was NOT easy. We might be able to blame that on our 120 year old, COMPLETELY unlevel home. My husband has done way more complex projects than this, but for some reason this was the project that fought us the whole way.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE our walls more than anything, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Getting them completed,however, was a challenge.
They really helped tie in our shiplap fireplace and made it look like it belongs! Even people that had been to our house without a fireplace still can’t believe it wasn’t always there.
And I know that most people associate shiplap with farmhouse style, which I adore, but I also like touches of boho. I feel like shiplap works so well with that style and just gets me, ya know?!
Like many of our fellow shiplapers, we were on a strict budget and so we opted to rip sheets of inexpensive plywood into our “shiplap.” We also needed to use plywood because it was the thinnest option, and we didn’t want our shiplap sticking out over our trim. I chose a 6″ width, but 8″ is also common. Honestly, I love how the plywood looks, and I am super happy with our choice to go the less expensive route.
Our problems started when we had our local hardware store (which shall remain unnamed) rip the plywood for us. They acted like it was a huge inconvenience and they didn’t want to do it for us. When we got the boards home, they were all cut crooked and slightly different angles.
Let the frustration begin. Bum bum buuuuuuuum.
It’s funny now, but at the time we were NOT happy campers! When you couple that with ridiculously uneven walls (We’re talking a three inch difference in less than 4 feet of wall!) we thought that this was the one project we weren’t going to dig ourselves out of!
But bless my husband and father in law–they got it done. We used an air nailer to attach the boards to the wall, and we staggered them because I liked that effect. We also didn’t bother to fill in the nail holes, because I liked the more rustic look, but you certainly could if you prefer a smoother finish.
Someday (after the trauma scars have faded 🙂 ) we will get around to shiplaping up the staircase.
This room had the original plaster, but it was cracking and rough looking in lots of places, so I didn’t feel too bad about covering over it. Oh, shiplap. I love it so much and would totally do it again, but man was it a nightmare to get up! I hope you enjoyed our DIY inexpensive shiplap wall saga!!
I’m super curious–does anyone else have shiplap horror stories? Or are we the only ones that just couldn’t get it together? 😀