How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

By now *most* of us know what Shiplap is…right? Thanks to Joanna Gaines and the HGTV show Fixer Upper – we all want a shiplap in our lives. But before it became a design element – did you know that shiplap was commonly used as exterior siding? It’s is actually a type of wooden board that has grooves on opposite sides of each edge and when they overlap it gives off the distinct horizontal lines we’ve come to know, love and want!

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traditional shiplap

Shiplap though is expensive! One 8 foot (by 5 inch) strip could cost up to $13 each! SO instead I bought 2 pieces of plywood and had my Home Depot heroes cut the boards into 8 inch strips for me. $50 turned my blah laundry room (okay, closet) into my shiplap dream come true!

** I also had to buy cute laundry room accessories – because if you have to do laundry you might as well make the least liked room in your house stylish.

Materials
(2) 4 feet x 8 feet pieces of plywood cut into 8 inch strips (depending on your room size)
Nail Gun and Compressor
Miter Saw
Dremel Saw-Max
Level
Measuring tape
Pencil
5 – 10 Nickels (yes, the coin)

Home Depot will gladly cut your plywood for you – which is amazing! We had them cut the boards into 8 inch strips. Having them cut the wood makes this DIY project very doable – since this major step is now handled for you.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

All rooms / walls will be different sizes. Measure the length of your wall. If the length is shorter than 8 feet – measure wood to required length, mark and cut with a chop saw. If the wall is longer than 8 feet – place an 8 foot strip in the middle of the wall. You will want to stagger your boards – so the ends don’t all line up together. Use this picture as a reference:

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Place your first board at the top of your wall where the ceiling meets. Nail in board with nail gun (or hammer in with nails).

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Since we’re using plywood – we needed to create that horizontal space that shiplap is so famous for – therefore nickels worked perfect as a spacer.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Place your next board underneath the board you just installed. Use a few nickels as spacers (check that the boards are level with a level) and nail the board in.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Cut around electrical sockets, window frames, etc with a Dremel Saw-Max (or go old school with a hand saw).

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Here is the “semi-finished” product. We added quarter-round trim in the corners of the room to give it a more finished look.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Next, prime the wood. Plywood will soak up a lot paint so prime first to eliminate multiple coats.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

We painted the shiplap with Behr White (52) paint. We just wanted a very fresh and clean color and we’re really happy with the results.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

The Before Before (when we decided it would be a good idea to do a complete renovation of my basement with no construction experience and build a “laundry room”)…

The Before (after framing, drywall, floor tiling and baseboards)…

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

The After…

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Laundry Room Accessories

I wanted to hang my ironing board to get it out of the way – and these cute hooks from Target were the perfect addition to my rustic laundry room.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

Am I going to ever use Wooden Clothespins? Nope. But they sure look adorable in this glass jar.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

I really wanted to add an element of black into this room since everything is so white. I’m normally not a “words on a sign” kind of girl – but this Vintage Laundry Sign really was a great addition.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

I added this DIY shelf to the room. I bought a piece of 1 in. x 8 in. x 6 ft. common board – cutting it to 3.5 feet and staining it with Rust-Oleum Stain in Carbon Gray. I then placed the shelf on top of Black Arched Shelf Brackets from World Market. And added the Utility Bucket to hold supplies.

How to Install Shiplap (with plywood)

I may be the first person to every admit it – but I really like doing the laundry now! 🙂

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