how to install shiplap

How to Inexpensively Install Shiplap for a Farmhouse Style Look

Hi, my name is Wendy and I am addicted to Fixer Upper!  In fact I am willing to bet most of you are too.  We all love the look of shiplap and the texture it gives walls.  I personally feel like every room in the home should have some architectural element and shiplap is the hottest thing out there now!  So I am going to share with you how I installed shiplap in my laundry room to give it a farmhouse look.

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Prep Work

The first thing you need to do is make sure the walls are white.  you don’t want a color or dark shadow showing in between the boards.  The best thing you can do is paint the walls white.  Prep work is so fun isn’t it!  😂

Next measure the wall space and figure out what square footage you will need.  This will help you determine how much you need to buy.

Welcome to Week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge where I am making over my Laundry Room for under $100! I am going for a Farmhouse Style Laundry Room and I am just getting started on the makeover.



Go to your local home improvement store and purchase underlayment.  It’s super thin wood that is used for under flooring (I think!).  The most economical way to buy it is in 4X8 foot sheets but you might not be able to transport that if you don’t have a large vehicle.  so get what size you can maneuver home.  It would be great if the store would rip the sheets down to 6 inch strips for you.  Otherwise you need to have a table saw and do it at home.  I do not recommend doing this with a circular saw, the cuts won’t be straight and you will not be happy with the result.

Welcome to Week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge where I am making over my Laundry Room for under $100! I am going for a Farmhouse Style Laundry Room and I am just getting started on the makeover.

Welcome to Week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge where I am making over my Laundry Room for under $100! I am going for a Farmhouse Style Laundry Room and I am just getting started on the makeover.


You also need a nail gun and finish nails or a hammer and nails.  Totally up to you, I recommend the nail gun but work with what you have!  I would recommend that if you use a hammer to have a counter punch to sink the nails down so you can putty over them.  I used a finish nailer and 1 1/4 inch nails

You also need wood putty and caulk.



You will need a miter saw for this, or a hacksaw if you are doing it manually.  I also highly recommend a jigsaw.  I didn’t use one and I really wish I had.  Start either at the top or the bottom of the wall.  It all depends on your space, I started just under the cabinets in my laundry room because that’s more eye level and I wanted it to be a full board there, and if I had to have a cut board I wanted it behind the washer and dryer rather than at eye level.  Hold up your first board and check for level.  Then nail it!  You really will need a second set of hands here, depending on how long your board is.

Using nickels or shims, whatever you want to use to measure the distance in between boards, put it in between the boards, and once set nail up the second.  Continue with this method checking for level every board or two.  If you have to but two boards up together make sure those cuts are staggered!  The rule of thumb is there shouldn’t be a joint in the same place except every 3/4 boards.  Because I am doing a small room I don’t have any joints except where I had to make cuts.

How to install shiplap

how to install shiplap

how to install shiplap



Once you have nailed up all your boards stand back and enjoy all the hard work!  You deserve it!  This project isn’t the easiest think to do, especially doing the laundry room!  LOL


Fun Part

Okay, I call this the fun part but it is soooo not the fun part.  Here is where you need to putty all the nail holes and places where you joined boards together.  Some people don’t do this, it’s really an aesthetic thing and it’s up to you if you want to do it or not.  Once the putty is dry you need to sand it so that it’s flush with the boards.

Caulk time… need to use a good, all purpose caulk that is paintable.  You want to caulk where the boards meet the ceiling, where they meet the baseboard and in the corners of the room where wood meets wood.  An option for the corners is to put quarter round up.  This is a great look, it’s totally up to you.  I personally used caulk and I really liked the look.

$100 Room Challenge the Laundry Room


Time to Paint

This is the time where the big impact comes.  Most of the time white is the color of choice but you can do whatever you want.  Joanna Gaines did a mat black shiplap wall in season 4 of Fixer Upper.  It’s totally your call.  If you choose to go with white make sure you do a coat of paint on all your baseboards and door frames just to make sure it’s all the same color.

how to install shiplap

how to install shiplap

How to install shiplap

How to install shiplap




I shiplapped my whole laundry room.  I have seen lots of people just do an accent wall.  Another great option is to do a wainscot with shiplap.  All of these options are great and they all look amazing.  If you do this I would love it if you could send me a picture!  And if you have any other ideas please comment below!


PDF Tutorial

If you are anything like me you want a list of directions on how to do projects.  I created one for this project complete with a list of materials you will need.  Just click here or the picture below and I will send it to your inbox.  And don’t forget to send me back a finished picture of your project!  I truly want to see it!

How to install shiplap


Laundry Rooms and Bathrooms are the hardest rooms to work in.  The appliances/fixtures you have to work around make it so difficult.  I truely felt the hardest part of this project was making cuts around all the outlets/water connections in the room.  The only injuries I can report are I cracked my head on the door frame once……and I think I hurt my ankle when stepping over the water hoses.  I jumped over and came down wrong.  We will see, I have really bad ankles.  And for those of you who know that I had ankle surgery a year and a half ago….it’s the other ankle.  😣 Wouldn’t that be great, to go to the doctor and tell him that I hurt it putting up shiplap!  Haha, yeah, that would go over great wouldn’t it.  LOL.  I wouldn’t change it though.  The look I gained in my laundry room it amazing!  It’s so clean and good looking…would it be awkward to show everyone my laundry room?  I don’t care if it is……I am showing them!







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