Shiplap- Plank Wall Tutorial

After sharing Portlynn’s Nursery I received many requests to share exactly how we achieved the shiplap-wood plank look in her room. Since our home was a new build I knew there wasn’t any beautiful shiplap hiding beneath the drywall and it made more sense to add wood to the surface to create the look.

Disclaimer- This post includes ?affiliate links. All items I personally recommend and would not suggest otherwise.?I have purchased them with my own money and have found them to be useful tools and items for this project.?I hope you will find them useful as well.

Supply list:

click each item to see exactly what we purchased and how we cut down on cost by buying specific products in bulk such as paint and wood.

TIP: order your paint and wood online through Home Depot and you wont have to pull every 8×4 ft sheet of wood of the shelves by your self! Saves you time and energy! ?I also purchased the 5 gallon bucket of paint as shown and didn’t add any tint to the color.


chop saw


nail gun


a handful of nickels (3 will usually do it)


finishing nails

sanding sponge/block

stud finder

wood putty


foam roller


I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you want to add any additional helpful tips please feel free to mention them in the comments! ?I am happy to answer any additional questions you may have! If you would like to save this tutorial for later be sure to pin the image below!

-XO Haley

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31 Comments on “Shiplap- Plank Wall Tutorial

  1. This was right on time… I’ve been meaning to look up diy shiplap for an accent wall in my living room when I saw your ig post. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Oh I am so glad! I hope you find this useful!! This is also a pretty cost effective way to do it! we did the two walls in this room for under $200 using this method!

    1. Oh what a cool Idea! I’d love to see pictures when you finish!!! thanks so much for you feedback! I truly appreciate it!

  2. Wohoo! This looks awesome you did an AMAZING job! I can’t wait to try this in my own home. Can I ask…what was the thickness of the plywood you used? Thanks a million!!

  3. So crisp, yet old world! And beautiful. It looks like it’s been a few months since you completed/posted this project, and I’m wondering how the underlayment has held up? Has there been warping or bulging? I like your tip to pre-paint the boards for less clean-up. Thanks for sharing your method!

  4. Love love love your design ! I will follow your tip to do the walls in my basement. Where did u get the frames for the nursery ? I need to get or make some so bad.

    1. These are DIY painted signs and I’m working on a tutorial right this min hoping to have it on the blog by the end of the week!

  5. We have followed this tutorial to the T. Pretty much. Except I decide to paint after the boards are up do to lack of space to dry during winter. The nickles are perfect spacing even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. Once you have a few boards up you will see. We doubted at first. If your house isn’t as level as hour farm house a miter saw fits perfectly between the spaces to carve out space in some areas. To re-ensure ends wouldn’t curl we enforced w liquid nail on ends of each board. Note it will destroy your texture if you take it down. We don’t plan to live here much longer. We are doing for resale value. Our Home Depot would only cut our plywood into 12inch strips. We had a table saw to cut down on our own so check with your local store first. We covered about 350sqft and only had to buy paint no tools. Cost 670.00.

  6. I love this tutorial. Consider it pinned! And I’ve just gotta know…what font did you use throughout your blog post. I love typefaces!

  7. I absolutely love this tutorial!! Will definitely be referencing this when I shiplap my living room!!! I do have a question, what color grey is your daughters nursery!?

  8. Was your wall white underneath the boards? I have a super dark brown wall and wondering if I need to paint it white first before laying down the ship lap. Any advice is much appreciated.Thx!

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