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DIY Shiplap Accent Wall

January 8, 2017

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Happy New Year!!

Can you believe it is 2017 already!!! Time is just flying! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! I know I did, for the first time ever I took the week between Christmas and New Years off! It was the perfect staycation full of home projects. The first project was a DIY coffee bar table to display my Keurig, Rae Dunn and other farmhouse decor! We built the table (with some modifications) from an Ana White plan. The table was meant for a large open wall we have in our Kitchen, a wall that I have struggled with since we moved in. I just couldn’t find the perfect piece of furniture, so why not build one 🙂 Once this table was complete we added to our kitchen under my mug rack and shelves, but it was still missing something. Shiplap!


I won’t go into detailed measurements for this DIY blog since every shiplap project will differ but we did used 6” boards for this wall.

What you need

  • 1/4” plywood underlayment board
  • Miter saw
  • Sander
  • Measuring tool
  • Speed square
  • Liquid nails
  • Brad nailer
  • 2 Nickels
  • Jig Saw (if you have an outlet or light switch
  • Trim (optional)
  • Minwax Wood putty
  • Paint

Step 1:

First we cut our boards into 6” strips. You can have your local home improvement store do this but if we have learned anything from this project it is if you want something done right, do it yourself. Unfortunately we had Home Depot cut our boards and they were not 6” AND not straight cuts so we had to redo this step anyway.

Step 2:

Once you have your 6” boards you will want to measure and use your miter saw to make your cuts. I wanted to have a pattern going down the wall so we had 6 different length boards.

  1. 1/2 the length of the wall
  2. 1/2 the length of the wall
  3. 1/3 the length of the wall
  4. 2/3 the length of the wall
  5. 1/4 the length of the wall
  6. 3/4 the length of the wall

we measured and calculated how much we would need to cover the wall. Just for an idea for a 8.5ft x 7ft wall we used 2.5 sheets of plywood.

Step 3:

Now that all our boards were cut to length we gave the edges a good sanding just till they are smooth to the touch.

Step 4:

Time to hang the shiplap! First we marked out or studs with a stud finder, so when we nailed the shiplap to the wall and into a stud. This is important if you will be hanging anything on the wall. This wall was already a light grey so I did not bother to paint it before hand. To hang the shiplap we started from the top and worked our way down. Using liquid nails on the back of the boards and nickel spacing between each board. This part is much easier with two people and goes very quick!

We only had one outlet on this wall so once we got to the bottom we measured and cut around the outlet with a jigsaw.

Step 5: optional

Personally I like shiplap with trim so this wall was no different. We used 1/2 inch trim to finish the ends of the wall. I think it gives it a more finished, polished look!

Step 6:

Now that all our shiplap is hung and trimmed we needed fill the nail holes. This is pretty time consuming since each board has 6-8 nail holes but since we only had one wall it wasn’t too bad! We used Minwax white wood putty to fill the nail holes.

Step 7:

Almost done! Just need paint 🙂 I used Benjamin Moore Simply White as those that know me know that is my favorite white paint! I used it for the shiplap in our powder room and for the walls in our front living room (that will get a shiplap accent wall too). It’s just a perfect shade of white. I just rolled two coats of paint on and made sure to get in-between the cracks and we were done! DONE! An accent wall that changed the look of your room in a day!

Once the paint was dry we put this wall back together as a coffee bar!

I hope you enjoyed this how to tutorial! I am so happy its a new year and I have so many ideas I want to share in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Happy Sunday!

Alli & Susie

  1. I love it!! I seen your coffee bar on IG when you played along with our tag #coffeebarlove I was routing for you!! We did shiplap over our fireplace with thick planks of wood. I want to try it with plywood around our house!! So great to find your DIY post!!🙌😁

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