Adding a faux shiplap wall to a small wall adds tons of character, and it’s not as hard as you may think. Well, I guess that depends on how tall your walls are. Mine is 10 ft! It’s been thirteen years since we moved into our brand spanking new home. Not MY idea! I wanted a fixer-upper, but it didn’t take long to find ways to make my new home have the charm like those dreamy old farmhouses.
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Create An Amazing Faux Shiplap Wall
Gather Your Supplies
Before we get started, I have a supply list below to find the products you need to create a faux shiplap wall. Here ya go!
Purchasing and Pre-cutting The Plywood
Did you know that 1/4 inch plywood works well to create a faux shiplap wall? I wouldn’t have believed it either until I researched it on Pinterest. Lots of great tutorials there.
I had the DIY Home Store cut the Plywood into 10-inch strips. Most stores will do this for free or a small charge, but It is so worth it! It will save you lots of time when you’re creating a faux shiplap wall.
For this project, I calculated that I would need 5 sheets of the 1/4 inch plywood, but you will need to measure your specific area to determine the amount you will need for your project.
Cutting The Right Lengths
It’s always a good idea to get more than you need because you will want to allow for a mistake or two. What’s that old carpenter’s saying? Measure twice, cut once? My brother taught me that when I built my first home. Great advice.
Straight And Level Lines
Before applying the plywood strips to the wall, you will need to locate the studs inside the wall. You can use a stud finder or measure over 16 inches from the wall and use a small nail and hammer to locate them. Since you will be covering up the sheetrock wall, it really doesn’t matter if you have a few ugly holes. Before long, you’ll have a brand new, old-looking faux shiplap wall.
Use a spacer between each board for the best results. I used a quarter, but a nickel will work too. The tutorial I read used wood filler to cover the nail holes, but I prefer it to look old, so I just painted over them.
Before Painting Plywood
Use a good stain blocker before painting your new faux shiplap wall. The tannin from the wood will bleed through the paint, especially if you’re using white paint.
Follow up with good quality paint—the color of your choice. I finished the wall by trimming around the edges with 1X2 paintable pine to give it that rustic old look.
A Wall To Be Proud Of
And there you have it. A faux shiplap wall that you can be proud of. I’m proud of myself! Those 10 ft ceilings were a killer! I hope this will inspire you to try something new and make it look old. Old is the new, new. I think the hubby likes it too. Oh, and wait! I had some left-over plywood I used on another project from this one. CLICK HERE to see how I used this same DIY shiplap in a frame for a unique home decor idea.
Until the next project… xo, Do