DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial

Is there anything more farmhouse style then shiplap and subway tile? This DIY shiplap is a super easy and affordable way to update your home and create that farmhouse look. Shiplap walls add so much character to a home, even if your house is newer this can give it that old house feel.
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DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial to give your home a farmhouse look and the character of an old home.
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If you’ve been following our Kitchen Remodel you probably saw the faux DIY shiplap that we did in the kitchen, and as promised, here is how we did it! We’ve always loved the look of shiplap, but frankly didn’t want to go through the hassle of nailing boards to the wall, especially after Mr. Cottage’s run-in with a table saw- but that’s another story (trust me you don’t want to hear it). PS. I may or may not have actually painted in that outfit.

What you will need for DIY Shiplap:

  • Painters Tape
  • Thin Paintbrush
  • A Ruler (longer the better)
  • Gray paint (we used Valspar zero VOC Gravity in satin)
  • Pencil
  • Ladder
  • And last but not least coffee– ok so you don’t really need that to do this but hey, coffee is always good right?


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DIY Shiplap Tutorial


Step 1:

Decide how wide you want your faux shiplap to be, typically shiplap is pretty wide. When we were doing this DIY shiplap for the kitchen, we made the lines 6 inches apart. Start measuring at the top or bottom of the wall and work your way down, using a pencil, ruler (or anything else with a straight edge) and tape measure gently mark where each line will be.


DIY Shiplap

Step 2: DIY Shiplap Wall


Once the lines for the faux shiplap are finished, apply the painter’s tape to either side of your shiplap lines at the desired thickness. Typically you’ll want the gap between the tape pretty thin. This is going to trick the eye to think that the wall has shiplap planks.


When I was doing this faux shiplap in our kitchen I varied the size a bit but I wanted it to look like 100-year-old wood shiplap so I was fine with that.


When your doing this faux shiplap keep your lines as straight as humanly possible. Yes, I realize this is very hard, your talking to the queen of I Can’t Make Straight Lines To Save My Life. If your lines aren’t pretty straight when creating faux shiplap it will show.


If you have an extremely steady hand you can skip this step when creating your DIY shiplap and just freestyle it following the lines with a paintbrush. Make sure you don’t have a ton of paint on the brush so it doesn’t drip.


DIY Shiplap

Step 3: The Final Step For Creating Faux Shiplap


It’s time to start painting your faux shiplap: open your paint, stir it and grab your paintbrush. Dip your paintbrush into the paint and wipe off excess on the side of the paint can. Using long brush strokes, paint over the pencil lines between the tape. Continue until the whole wall has shiplap, remove the tape before the wall dries, fix any edges that may need it. Leave the faux shiplap to dry thoroughly.


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DIY Faux Shiplap

This DIY faux shiplap is a great way to update your home that is quick, and easy and doesn’t require big power tools and lots of help. I did this faux shiplap in our entire kitchen in just a few hours by myself.



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