It’s no secret that shiplap has become super duper popular! Not only do you see it in farmhouse style, but it can be dressed up or down to match any decor preference. I’m totally in love with the look, but to install the real thing can be expensive. After doing some research I came upon the idea of using underpayment instead of wood. Brilliant! I did not invent this idea, but will share the tutorial on how I installed this faux shiplap wall just in case you havn’t run across one yet! Read on to see exactly how I installed this faux shiplap on my daughters wall as part of a whole room revamp.
First off I headed over to my neighborhood Lowes to pick up 2 sheets of floor underlayment for around $15 each. I had the sheets ripped down into 6″ strips at the store. A wink and a thank you goes a long way to the nice employees down there!
Here is the wall pre shiplap! I had previously painted her room Peach Ale-mode by Glidden and decided to keep the same color.
In retrospect I would have painted the entire wall white before installing the shiplap. There are a few areas that the pink showed through and it was difficult to get the paint brush in the small crevices to cover it up. I managed to cover all the pink in the end, but do as I say, not as I do haha! On that same note, go ahead and paint each strip of wood before you install in as well. Live and let learn baby!
All it took was a few cuts to start with. To fit the length of my wall it took 2 strips of the faux shiplap for each row. Make sure to find and mark the studs before you start nailing. Honestly this material is so light weight though that I ended up hittin’ it with a few extra nails:) I used my finish nailer, but I had a friend who used a staple gun and gave rave reviews on that method as well! To each his own;)
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I started from the bottom. I alternated long to short, short to long, to give it a staggered effect. I used the funniest spacers ever- nickels! You might even spot one on the right side of the above photo. This helped give it that shiplap look and made the process go by quickly.
I had another friend who installed REAL shiplap on all her nursery walls. She was super excited until she painted it white and all the crevices got lost in the paint. She forgot to use a spacer and it basically became an ordinary white wall! Can you imagine…after all that hard work? Anyway, the moral of the story is use spacers! And nickels work great!
Since I don’t own an oscillating tool to cut out around outlets, I simply traced the outlet onto the wood strip. The line running though the traced outlet is actually a cut mark to create 2 stips. Once the outlet was traced, I used my saw to cut the 2 sides and an Exacto knife for the top edge. I had to get a little creative but it ended up working nicely.
Everything went along smoothly till I hit the angled ceiling walls…GURRR@! I set my saw to a 45 degree cut but it wasn’t quite right. I tried readjusting my angle but never did come up with the correct one. Either I totally suck at math, or my ceiling is wonky….Im guessing both! I really didn’t worry about it too much though because I planned to hang some corner molding to give it a nice finish anyway!
Sorry for the horrendous lighting in this photo, but you get the idea. The corner molding really did save the day! As you can see I patched all the nail holes. I used Elmers Wood filler – my fav! Okey…yes, I may have gotten a bit carried away with the nailer.
Then I caulked the seams and the wonky ceiling disappeared!
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Once all the faux shiplap strips were up on the wall, and all the holes patched and caulked, I gave it a coat of white eggshell paint. The low sheen helps keep that aged rustic feel.
Another 2 coats of paint and the rest is history! When its was all said and done, I couldn’t tell that it was a faux shiplap wall and neither could my family!
I love how the white faux shiplap wall creates such a soothing back drop to this vintage inspired room.
She’s not quite moved in yet, but we are almost there. I love how easy and inexpensive this faux shiplap wall was to complete. It only cost me a total of $30 (with extra material left over)! I’ll be back soon to share Remi’s full room reveal including all the accessories and decor AND a surprising makeover for this vintage bed you see above. I’d love to be friends, so don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and join me in all my crazy projects! If you love this project don’t forget to share it on Facebook or pin it on pinterest!
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