The Shiplap Post

Ok, so, I know what you're thinking...why is everyone so obsessed with shiplap??  It's not a new thing but it's being done in ways to make me swoon.  I've been wanting to make a shiplap wall somewhere in my house but couldn't decide on the location to pull the trigger, until.... 

Cue, Master Bathroom Remodel.

Our master bathroom (if you can even call it that) is teeny, tiny.  It's the smallest master bathroom I've ever seen...ever.  You can read more about our whole remodel in another post.  

Where was I? Oh, yes...SHIPLAP! 

So, we moved somethings around to try to maximize our bathroom space.  This, however, left the walls in our bathroom pretty messed up.  So, I had this great idea to shiplap all of the walls so that we could: 1. hide all of the hideous drywall & 2. check another thing off my bucket list! (kidding...sort of.)

Since this was a small bathroom, I knew that, labor-wise, it wouldn't take too long for us to do and cost-wise it was cheaper than repairing all of the drywall.  

Here's the supplies you'll need:

  • Underlayment boards 7/32in. cut to 6" or 8" strips (board size will depend on the size of your wall) 
  • Sand paper or electric sander
  • Liquid Nails
  • Nail gun or hammer, nails and finishing tool
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Nickels (for spacing)
  • Paint and primer of your choice
  • Crown molding
  • Trim molding (depending on wall, you may or may not need this)

We bought our boards at Home Depot and they graciously cut them in strips for FREE.  We needed about six 4'x8' boards which cost us a little over $60.  First, we started by sanding the rough edges off every board.  You can do this with regular sandpaper or save yourself tons of time and invest in a cheap electric sander.  Since these board were going in a bathroom, we sealed the backs of the boards with Kilz primer before installing to protect from steam and moisture.  

After the boards were sanded and primed we moved on to the fun part...INSTALLATION!

This part was pretty simple.

Step 1: Measure wall to determine length of plank.

Step 2: Apply liquid nails to the back of the plank.

Step 3: Nail that sucker to the wall!


Space out the planks using nickels between the seams.  It helps to have two sets of hands to do this but Richard, my husband, proved that this can be done with one person.  (Someone had to take the pictures.)

After all of the planks were installed, I went through with wood putty and a putty knife to patch any holes from the nail gun.  I really wanted a smooth appearance as opposed to some other plank walls I've done where I wanted a rustic feel.  After the wood putty dried I went over with an electric sander using 220 grit sandpaper.  THIS IS MESSY! Make sure you wear a mask to protect your lungs because this fine saw dust gets everywhere!  When the sanding was done and I was happy with how the wall looked and felt, I took a damp rag and wiped off any debris.

And now the moment I'd been waiting for....TIME TO PAINT!

Here's the wall after one coat of paint.

Here's the wall after one coat of paint.

The paint color I used here was Behr Silver Drop in semi-gloss.  Usually, I don't like to use semi-gloss paint on walls but because this was a bathroom and I was painting over wood planks...semi-gloss was the right choice to protect against moisture.

The finished product! Love it!

The finished product! Love it!

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