Shiplap Accent Wall

I've had this shiplap wall project pop up over on our Facebook page several times over the last few months where people would tag it or comment. So even though, we did this 3 years ago....I thought I would write out our steps on how we did this shiplap wall in our foyer.  When I say we, I mean my husband and I.  He is my right hand when we go to starting on these projects.  I just know what's in my head and have to convey that and plan out.  He's the one that makes it happen.   

There are so many ways you could attempt this project, but these are the steps we used.  I wanted to just add some character to our foyer.  We had built our house in 2010 and added some features with our moulding with the columns and crown.  When you are building and finally finish, you are just so thankful to be in and some what settled from the chaos.  

This is what we started with.

We bought 1/4" red oak plywood in 4x8 sheets. I didn't want a very heavy and thick board or anything with a lot of grain in the wood. He had Lowes cut down the sheets into 6" strips.  It was an 8' wall with 9' ceilings, so we only needed 3 sheets total.  The sheets of plywood were about $20 a piece.  Anytime you can have Lowes or Home Depot cut your pieces down to a manageable size, DO IT! It saves so much time, getting out the tools to do it yourselves.  Our Lowes doesn't charge for the cuts, but I know some places do.  

We measured where the studs were and he made our first cut to land on the stud.  We then staggered each board after that, so the seams weren't in a continuous line. To get the spacing we used nickels between the old board and new one to keep it consistent.  We then nailed the boards to the studs using a nail gun with 1/4" finish nails.  

We had a couple of little helpers with the nickels! These two are usually the ones that are ready to help when we need for how long they last is a different story.  

The wall finished after we nailed down everything.  You can tell we didn't have a lot of heavy grain with this or large knot holes.  

This is the wall after puttying all the holes.  Then we were ready for paint.  

After painting the shiplap wall white after 2 coats.  It really soaked up the paint. After the wood cured, I ended up painting another 2 coats a couple of weeks later. I used a paint and primer in one paint, but going back I would have use some Kilz or Zinsser primer.  

This is what it looks like today, 3 years later! 

This project took a day to install and fill the holes and the next morning I painted.  We spend $60 on plywood and $25 on a gallon of trim paint.  (this I already had on hand but it didn't take the whole gallon)

So for under a $100, we had a finished accent wall.  

I would love for you to follow along with me on social media, on Facebook or Instagram if you don't already!  


1 comment

  • Absolutely love you sharing!

    Lorie Carrell

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