To install the shiplap, I took my measurements and cut the boards to size, applied a thin line of wood adhesive ​all the way around the back of the piece of wood, then nailed the wood to the wall at every stud.

When hammering the nails into the wood, be sure to burry the nailhead into the wood - that way you won't have bumps in the shiplap. Just a tiny bit of spackle will fill the hole.

Once you've installed the shiplap, you can caulk the seems for a more finished look.

​If you're looking to add character to a space, shiplap is a quick and easy ​​- and you can do it yourself!

Depending on your price point, you can use solid wood, tongue and groove boards to create a cottage feel, or opt for a thin plywood to mimic the look. In just a few simple steps, I'll show you how to install shiplap.



​I decided to put shiplap in the bathroom where an outdated toilet paper holder had been installed in the wall - hence the square hole.

The first thing that I did was patch the hole with a piece of drywall; the patch job didn't have to be perfect since the shiplap would go over it. Then, I painted the wall the same color that the shiplap would be.

Next, I found the studs in the wall and drew lines vertically, so I could hit the studs when I nailed in the wood. 

​I used the thinnest wood product that I could find at The Home Depot since my bathroom was pretty tight - I couldn't afford to take up an inch on either side of the toilet. It took me 3 sheets total for my project.

Then I cut all of the sheets into 7-inch strips - you can choose different widths, depending on the look you're going for. 

Make sure that your cuts are perfectly straight; otherwise, you'll have crooked shiplap all the way down your wall.

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Terra Reeves