How to Create an Accent Wall with Shiplap

An accent wall can add a bit of flair to any room, making the whole space look that much more attractive. Learn how to add a shiplap wall to you home in just three easy steps!  
Skill
Beginner
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $500

What You Need for This Project

What is Shiplap?

Shiplap paneling can add instant age, texture, rusticity and a focal point to any room in your house. It is affordable and easy to install yourself with just a few basic tools—a saw, level, stud finder and hammer and nails. What is it exactly, though? It’s simply the term for boards that have grooves cut into their edges for a tight, overlapping fit. Shiplap walls shown in the entry above make a lovely backdrop for accessories on a console table topped with chalky finish paint in Theater Wrap. A globe pendant light and a chevron-pattern floor runner finish out the space.

How to Install Shiplap

  1. 1

    Measuring & Buying Shiplap

    Measure your space to determine how many planks you’ll need. Purchase and then store the planks inside your house for at least 10 days to let the material acclimate to your indoor humidity level.
    Tip: For a more historical appearance, purchase and use square black masonry nails to get the look of antique cut nails. 
  2. Steps:

  1. 2

    Install Shiplap

    Shiplap planks can be fastened to walls either vertically or horizontally. Simply nail through drywall directly into wall studs. You can use construction adhesive if installing on ceilings or over other surfaces in good condition—just finish-nail in place to hold the pieces while the adhesive dries.
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  1. 3

    Tim Corners, Ceilings & Floors

    Trim corners, ceilings and floors with smaller 1-in. x 4-in. boards. Options depend on your style preference and skill level. A compound mitre saw will help you piece together planks and trim using a mix of butt joints, mitre joints and bevel joints. 

    Note: If running your planks vertically, you may need to install furring strips on a minimum of 24-in. centres. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

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Coordinating Shiplap with Your Decor

Shiplap walls create a focal point in an entry or living space. Play up the rustic look with simple accessories such as a chalky-painted table or repurposed dresser.

How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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