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The Easiest Way to Install Shiplap Wood Plank Walls - In My Own Style
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Shiplap walls or horizontal wood planking on a wall can be done on a budget and the DIY installation much easier than you may think.

I have installed two wood plank walls in my house that resemble shiplap.

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One in the kitchen that has a more modern vibe with 12' wide wood planks and'

'the other in a powder room?that has narrower 8' wide wood planks.

Shiplap or wood planked walls are a classic way to add interest to a wall. They are also very 'trendy' in decorating right now, made popular by Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper.

Real Shiplap, like tongue and groove, has a special rabbet or notch cut on the edges of the board. ?These rabbets allow the boards, when installed horizontally, to self-space themselves and keep water from getting behind them because they fit so perfectly.

The DIY budget decorating option to Shiplap is to use thin plywood boards and have them cut at the home improvement store to resemble real Shiplap.

I like the look of wood planked wallsnavy nursery pillow, but only as an?accent. ?I feel it makes a room look closed in when done on all 4 walls. I like the interest and texture planked walls can add to a space, plus it is a very budget friendly DIY that will add a lot of impact to a room.

Since I like white walls, I have painted both the wood plank accent walls in my house, classic white, but you can paint them any color you wish.

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?'dark colors can add drama to a room and look fabulous.

I also prefer the more modern look of wider planks with no vertical seams. Installing the planks so no vertical seams show up can be done when the wood planks you use are as long as the wall you are going to cover. ?Both my walls are under 8 feet across, so a 4' x 8' piece of plywood allowed me to have one long plank and not have to randomly stagger the planks which creates vertical seams.

The size of the wood planks you choose is totally up to you and the height of your wall.

I used 8' wide planks in the powder room and wider 12' wide planks in the kitchen. Both were cut from ?sheets of 4' x 8' plywood underlayment.

The easiest way to figure out the width of each plank is to do some calculating.?Measure the height and width of the wall and then draw it out on a piece of paper. This will help you figure out how many wood planks you will need and what size will work best so you can use up all the plywood with no scrap leftover.

To use an entire sheet of 4 x 8 plywood underlayment that is available at the home improvement store for under $15 and have no scrap wood leftover, you can't go wrong with 8' wide planks. ?You will get 6 planks that are 8 inches wide by 8 feet long.

You will also need to figure what size to get the plank that will go at the bottom of the wall cut. It probably will need to be cut a narrower size to fit. You also need to figure in the thickness of the spacer you are using. I used nickels and added the thickness of that to my calculations. ?For instance, on the wall in the kitchen there are 7 horizontal spaces between the planks. I multiplied 7 x 1/6' (thickness of nickel) to get 7/16'. I added this in when figuring what width to get the bottom plank cut.

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Figure out if you need to add any molding to the wall where the planks will end.

For the accent wall in my kitchen, I butted the cut ends of each plank into the left side corner and didn't use any molding to finish it off. On the right side, I used a piece of outside corner molding. I attached it first before adding any planks. I used finishing nails and a nail punch to attach it.

Once all the planks were on the wall, I ran a line of caulk between the end of the planks and the outside corner molding.

TIP: Smooth a just applied line of caulk by running an ice cube along the caulk.

If you need a piece of molding for an inside corner, you can add that after all the planks are on.

1. Using a stud-finder, mark where the studs are on the wall with painter's tape. Place the tape along the ceiling so that as you start to cover the wall with wood planks, you can see where to line the nails to attach the planks to the wall. I used two finishing nails along each stud, one on the top and the other on the bottom of each plank.

2. Place the first plank against the ceiling and use a bubble level to make sure the bottom edge is level. Nail it to the wall.

3. To evenly space the planks, use nickels in-between each plank. Use 3 or 4 across the plank to make sure the spacing is level and even. Once you have a plank nailed in, remove the nickels.

4. Use the level to make sure each plank it level before nailing it in. Keep adding planks to the wall and nailing them in until you reach the bottom. If you did your calculations right, you will not need to cut any of the planks to fill in the last bottom section of the wall. If your calculations were off, you may need to cut the last plank to fit the wall.

5. Spackle all nail holes in wood planks and corner molding. Let dry and then sand smooth.

2. Tape the template to the plank and mark the opening with a pencil.

3. Use a drill bit to make a hole inside the shape so a jigsaw blade will fit into it.

4. Cut the shape out with a jigsaw.

5. Attach the wood plank to the wall.

3. Remove any excess paint in the spaces between the planks by running a piece of cardboard inside the space.

4. Use a short napped paint roller cover to paint the planks. Two coats will be needed since you will be painting over bare wood. Let dry. Touch up if necessary.

Now that the shiplap wood plank wall is done, I need to paint the walls around it. :-)

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