Faux Shiplap Walls
Posted By
Katie Cleveland
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Project Steps


This post is sponsored by HomeRight. All opinions and ideas in this post are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links for some of the products used. Shiplap is definitely one of the hottest trends right now, but the real deal can be pretty pricey. Luckily, you can have virtually the same look for just a fraction of the price using ¼” plywood underlayment. On top of saving money, you can quickly and easily finish off your faux shiplap with whatever paint color you like using your HomeRight PaintStick EZ Twist. Given that the raw wood will take several coats of paint, the Paint Stick EZ Twist, makes a daunting task take merely minutes per coat!

Step 1

Either ask your local home improvement store employee to rip down your wood planks, or you can rip them down yourself. Begin installing the planks from the bottom of the wall, working your way up. If the wall is longer than your 8’ planks, be sure to cut smaller pieces and stagger the seams so they are not uniform.

Step 2

Using a trim adhesive helps to ensure that your planks stay in place while you are setting them on the wall. Pennies or nickels are perfect for ensuring an even and level gap between the planks. Attach the planks to the wall with 1 ¼” brad nails.

Step 3

Once the planks are installed, use wood filler to fill all of the nail holes. Once the wood filler is dry, sand all of the planks down with fine grit (220 grit) sandpaper.

Step 4

Prepare your PaintStick EZ Twist and paint. Make sure to have something underneath the paint can to protect your flooring from any drips that may occur.

Step 5

Use a good quality paint plus primer to save steps and roll on 2-3 coats of your paint color of choice using the PaintStick EZ Twist. I used Behr Semi-Gloss Paint and Primer in Swiss Coffee. While the paint is still wet, use a bamboo skewer, plastic knife, etc. to clear the excess paint from the gaps in the planks. If the paint has dried, use a razor knife to clear the paint away.

Step 6

Once the wall was painted, I installed the trim. Installing the trim last ensured that I was able to get the most painting done with my roller and only use a brush on the trim, therefore saving a ton of time.

Step 7

What was once a bland and boring wall now has a crisp, clean farmhouse look! Not only did it cost a fraction of the price of real shiplap, but my PaintStick EZ Twist also meant it took a fraction of the time to finish it! For more projects using the PaintStick EZ Twist and other HomeRight Products, search “HomeRight” on my blog, Addicted 2 DIY!

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