Today I want to show you how my husband and I did the shiplap walls in the entryway of our new house. We are so proud of ourselves for this accomplishment! I’ve been painting furniture for years, but neither myself nor my husband can call ourselves “handy”. The hardest DIY jobs we ever tackled was painting a few walls and removing some floor tiles. Notice that we only removed them, because installing new ones is way too advanced for us.
For the shiplap project however, hiring contractors was not an option that fit our budget, so we took our chances. I actually didn’t give my husband any choice. I just informed him what he would be doing the following weekend (evil laugh).
I am so thankful we are in the Youtube era! Nowadays you can learn how to do virtually ANYTHING by watching some videos on the Internet. Home improvement DIYers are especially generous when it comes to share how they do their projects.
I found several videos by people who did their own shiplap walls, but I didn’t follow all steps of one specific video. I picked tips and advice from different ones, choosing the tools and steps that seemed easier and more effective to me.
Now it is my turn to share with you how we did ours.
So, here is how our space looked before.
And here is the full tutorial. (This post contains some affiliate links to the tools and products used for this project).
- First we painted the walls white. Since we had to leave a tiny gap between the planks, there was a chance the brown color would show through those gaps, and painting between the planks after installing them would be a much harder work.
- We measured the area of the two walls and bought enough sheets of plywood at Home Depot to cover that area. It was one of the cheapest ones available, about $19 per 4′ x 8′ sheet. At the store, we asked them to cut each sheet in six-inch wide planks.
This is what we brought home.
3. The plywood was really rough , so I sanded the planks using a Random Orbital Sander to smooth out the surface before painting. I wanted to keep some of the texture because I like it rustic, so I didn’t go too crazy on the sanding.
4. Next I dusted and cleaned the planks, than painted them white using a Small Paint Roller. I chose “New House White” by Behr, in eggshell.
5. Using a Stud Finder, I marked the location of the studs with a pencil and we used those marks as guides to nail the planks firmly to the walls.
6. In our case, we had to follow the angle of the wall under the staircase, so to get an accurate measurement, we positioned each plank where they would be nailed to, and used a Carpenter Square to trace the line where we needed to cut each one.
7. We clamped each plank to our kitchen table and cut them using a Circular Saw.
8. We placed nickels between the planks to leave a small gap between them, giving the “shiplap” look we wanted. Then we nailed the planks to the wall using a Nail Gun.
9. We started from the bottom and went all the way to the top following those steps, until both walls were covered. I decided to patch the ugly nail holes with Spackling Compound, then I sanded and touched up the paint with a small brush.
10. Finally, I bought some wood trim at Home Depot, painted them white then nailed following the edges of the walls to hide the ugly imperfections of the cut wood.
And here is our entryway looks now. I love how it turned out! I had that lovely “Welcome to the Farmhouse” sign custom made by an artist from Etsy.
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