How To Create An Amazing Faux Shiplap Wall

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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 for me 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

Adding a faux shiplap wall to a small wall adds tons of character and it's not as hard as you may think. Before we get started, I have a supply list for you so you can find the products you need to create an amazing faux shiplap wall too. Here ya go!

Purchasing and Pre-cutting The Plywood

How to build a faux shiplap wall from 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.

Cut the plywood in 10 inch stripes for the faux shiplap wall. Home DIY Home Store will do this for FREE or a small fee. It's so worth it!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.

10 inch stripes of plywood make the perfect 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 Lengths For The Faux Shiplap Wall

Measure twice, cut once when your building a DIY faux shiplap wall. 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. [et_bloom_inline optin_id=optin_2]

Straight And Level Lines

Building the faux shiplap wall went pretty fast once I had all the measurements down. 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 just measure over 16 inches from the wall and use a small nail and hammer to locate them. Since your going to 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.

I used a quarter as a spacer for my faux shiplap wall. Use a spacer between each board for the best results. I used a quarter, but I think I’ll use nickel on my next faux ship wall. 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.

Prime the Faux Shiplap Wall Before Painting

Painting with a real great primer is key when painting over plywood used to create a faux shiplap wall.

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.

Always use a good quality flat paint when painting a faux shiplap wall made from plywood.

Follow up with good quality paint. The color of your choice.

Faux Shiplap Wall To Be Proud Of

The faux shiplap wall turned out really nice and it adds so much charm to this space.

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.

What do you think? I’d love to get your feedback in the comment section below.

If you love a pretty wall, check out my chalkboard wall. CLICK HERE to see how I did it!

Until the next project… xo, Do




  • Great idea! This is how I am going to finish the wall in my sewing studio. 🙂

  • Thank you, Sandra! I’m pretty happy with it. I’d love for you to share a photo of your wall when it’s complete. I get all excited to see makeovers. Thanks for stopping by.

  • I have also heard 6″ wide looks nice, if you were to do it again would you stick with 10″ wide? mix in narrower? or do all a narrower strip width?

  • Hi Lee Ann! My personal opinion is that it depends on the area that you want to cover. If I were doing a small area with low ceilings, I would definitely use the 6 inches. My ceilings are 10 ft so I chose the wider.

    Hope this helps. xo, Do

  • My ceilings are 9 ft and the area is open concept. The other question would be how to finish the eds where the wall has a chamfered corner which would leave the ends exposed

  • I went back and trimmed mine in 1X2 pine. I used a primer and painted it to match the shiplap. I wanted to keep the simple look so I didn’t use the traditional trim.

  • Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. xo

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