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One Room Challenge: Week 3 | Budget-Friendly Modern Shiplap DIY

We’ve made it to the half way point of the 6 week One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home and House Beautiful! Check out weeks one and two of my nursery makeover below.
Week 1: Nursery Plans
Week 2: IKEA Closet Makeover


This week I’m sharing how we created our budget-friendly modern “shiplap” wall for under $75!

Shiplap is incredibly popular right now all thanks to Joanna Gaines. She has transformed the “feature wall” and has given “texture” a whole new look and feel. Some people may cringe of the thought of shiplap though because farmhouse décor is everywhere, and it will eventually circle out of style just like any other trend. That doesn’t mean farmhouse décor is a bad thing though. I personally thinks it’s beautiful, bright, and cozy, but I wouldn’t consider my home to be “farmhouse” by any stretch of the means.

So when I was thinking about paneling a wall in the nursery, I was a bit stuck on how to achieve the feel of shiplap without it being “farmhouse”.  I then found this article by Claire Brody Designs, Non Farmhouse Shiplap Paneling, and my plan was set.  I decided to go with a larger 8″ plank with clean white lines, which makes the room appear larger and gives it more of a modern feel instead of rustic.



Tools & Supplies:


We had Home Depot rip 3 – 4’x8′ sheets of floor underlayment into 8″ planks. Though this is a great service, the boards are not all identical or completely even. Luckily, it’s not noticeable once your wall is complete.

Once you get the boards home, you’ll want to sand all sides of the board with a fine grit sand paper. I used my handy Mouse sander, which made the process go by much quicker. If you’re an avid DIYer or just an every-so-often-DIYer, I highly recommend purchasing one of these.

You’ll then want to prime the boards before placing them on your wall. This includes not just the front but all sides as well. This just makes the whole painting process go by much quicker. I used my trusty Zinsser to prime the boards. Allow them to dry for a few hours or overnight before assembling your wall.

My husband tested one of the boards above the window before we primed, and thankfully it was a perfect fit without us having to trim any off. Our luck shifted as we went along.


Assembling Your Wall

Before attaching your first board, find your studs using a stud finder and mark them with small X’s down your wall.

Starting from the top, place your first board flush with the ceiling or molding. Use your level to make sure your first board is straight before attaching it to the wall. If your first board is off, then the whole wall will be crooked. Apply a thin layer of liquid nails or wood glue on the back of the board and nail 1-1/4″ finish nails into the corners and/or studs. A brad nailer would make this project go much quicker, but we’ve yet to make the splurge.

We used a circular saw to cut the boards to length because they were a bit too wide to use our miter saw. Either tool would work depending on your plank size. Measure precisely, but don’t fret. The edges will be covered with quarter round trim and caulk for a clean look.

You can use either pennies or nickels as your spacers. We chose nickels because I wanted the gap to be slightly larger. Place a few of them along the board as a gracious assistant helps you hold up the board below. Continue gluing and nailing down your wall.

For the longer portions of the wall, we butted two boards against each other and used wood filler in the seam to make the boards appear as one long board. This is totally preference. You can space them just like the horizontal gaps as well.

The bottom of the wall was the trickiest and most time-consuming. We measured the distance from the wall to the trim and the height of the trim and made a mark on the board. Then Patrick made the cuts using a circular saw and jigsaw. Once we got the board to fit just right around the trim, we measured and cut around the outlet using the jigsaw.

We were left we 10″ on the bottom, which was super unfortunate since all of our boards were cut to 8″. I would highly recommend measuring the height of your wall and dividing it up before getting all your boards ripped. We decided to make two boards into one large board at the bottom by using wood filler. Unless you’re intentionally looking for the joint or the lack of proportion, it’s not even noticeable.

Finishing Touches

Once all of your boards are on your wall, you will attach the trim pieces, fill the nail holes with drywall spackle, and caulk the sides.

We used quarter round trim on either side of the wall for a finished look and caulked around the window and moldings to hide any unfinished or rough edges. Apply caulk wherever the planks come in contact with moldings or trim. This step is one of the ways to make the shiplap wall appear more clean-lined and modern instead of farmhouse rustic.

After the caulk is dry and the spackling has been sanded, you’re ready to paint. I used Ultra Behr White in eggshell. Ultra Behr White is what’s on the shelf on Home Depot. Just have them shake it for you so that it’s ready to use when you get home. This bright white really brightened up the room and visually raised the ceiling another foot. It also added just the right amount of contrast to the wall color, which is Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.

When rolling on your paint, take an old credit card or gift card to wipe off the excess paint in the gaps. Paint a few boards then clean out the gaps. This process will assure that you’re getting to the excess paint before it dries.

As for the switch plate, we used switch and receptacle spacers to bring the outlet out so that we could place the switch plate back on the wall.


The Results

Out of all of the projects we’ve tackled in this room, this one has truly transformed the space the most. I didn’t realize what a little ripped plywood could do to a space until it was all said and done.


Are you as smitten with the shiplap look as I am? Let me know in the comments below if you’ve added shiplap in your home as well.



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  • Reply
    April 19, 2017 at 9:57 am

    It looks amazing! I love the look of shiplap. Great tutorial, I may have to try this someday.

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      April 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Jessica!!

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    April 19, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Awesome tutorial! I just saw another ORC room that used the underlay product for shiplap. I was really considering that for my kitchen island. Think your tutorial will seal the deal! Pinned!

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      April 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      It’s the most affordable product to use for a faux shiplap look! We planked our kitchen peninsula as well. The link to that post is above. Best of luck with yours! 🙂

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    kate smith
    April 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing! So impressed you guys did this yourself.

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      April 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Kate! Luckily, I have a husband who’s much better at math than me and enjoys working with power tools. 🙂

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    Tee @ Beauteeful Living
    April 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    This is looking so nice! Love the shiplap. Great job!

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    April 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    It looks really fantastic! You are creating such a sweet, cozy room for your little one! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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      April 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you!! I really love how it turned out. All that’s left is a baby! Just a couple more weeks 🙂

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    April 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Love shiplap and I have it in two rooms in my home. You can totally make it look more modern. Yours turned out perfectly!

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      April 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Kim! It’s my favorite part of the nursery now. I’d love to see how yours turned out as well.

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    April 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    The larger width really does help it look more modern, and then you add all your style, and it looks fantastic! I think a little someone is going to really like snuggling in that crib.

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    Kristina Lynne
    April 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Wow! I’m so impressed with this! I’m saving this post for any future shiplap assembling 🙂

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    April 20, 2017 at 12:23 am

    What a difference it makes! Looks like you and your husband had a good time putting it together 🙂

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    April 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

    i love how it looks and love the wider planks! this space is really coming together!

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      April 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Cassie 🙂

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    Colette @ restyle it wright
    April 20, 2017 at 8:34 am

    so beautiful!!!! love the fiddle leaf rug and soft pink curtains –

    • Reply
      April 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Colette! I would have a fiddle leaf fig in every room if I could 🙂

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    April 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    It looks great! Underlayment is my favorite thing to use too. It’s so inexpensive! Very pretty backdrop for your room!

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      April 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I agree! We used it as wainscoting in our hallway as well.

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    Dannyelle @ Life is a Party
    April 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love your shiplap. I did it in my room this week too, and agree it doesn’t have to be farmhouse. Yours turned out great, Well done.

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      April 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you! I’m definitely going to check out how yours turned out as well. 🙂

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    April 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    It looks fabulous! I really want to do this in my own home!

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    Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks
    April 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Your wall looks beautiful!


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    Lauren @ Gather & Flourish
    April 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I love the shiplap feature wall! And your fiddle leaf fig is perfection! 🙂

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    April 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    It looks SO good! love the color you painted it, too. We did a shiplap wall in our nursery .. it’s my favorite part!

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    April 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    The shiplap is such a pretty backdrop for this room. I love all of the decor! Great tutorial!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

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    April 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Using nickels as spacers is so clever! Love your modern shiplap 🙂

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    Jessica | Petal + Ply
    April 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Such a cute room! We are doing a shiplap wall in our ORC room and used underlayment as well!! The 8″ planks look great!

    • Reply
      April 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks! I’ll definitely have to check yours out.

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    Sarah Althouse
    April 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

    It’s beautiful! And definitely more modern and clean than the traditional shiplap.

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    April 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Turned out great! Someday when I’m not renting I’d love to give this a try!

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    April 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Love it! I would really like to try this in a bedroom…thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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    April 25, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Great job this room is coming together beautifully. Your baby will surely enjoy this room.

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    April 25, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Dying for the shiplap look!

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    April 25, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I hadn’t considered the concept of a “modern” or “non-farmhouse” shiplap, but after reading your post and Claire Brody’s post I can see the difference. And ohmygoodness, it’s totally changed my thoughts on shiplap! 🙂

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      April 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks! I feel like when you choose a wider board with finished ends, the look will be more classic in the long run. Hope you give it a try! 🙂

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    April 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Ahhh I just love this!! I think shiplap is definitely my favorite!

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    Lisa J Wood
    April 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Diana, I agree with you on the trend aspect of shiplap, but the texture is really what’s key. It looks great! And I love that you used plywood because I just say that Lowes was selling “shiplap boards” (with tongue and groove) for $8/board. That would get a bit pricey for any DIY project…especially if you’re working with a tight budget. It’s looking great!

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      April 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Yes! The texture adds so much to a room. $8 per board would’ve really thrown our budget overboard. I also like the plywood because it’s light and easier to handle.

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    Nicole Kroutil
    April 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    OMG, I think this article was the universe’s way of saying DO SHIPLAP YOUR HOME. Yesterday I was on pinterest for hours thinking of cheap DIY ideas to really spruce up the house and I came across Shiplap and I loved it but wasn’t sure how to even go about starting it and voila, your step by step appeared!

    I will definitely save this article so when I am ready to get into this project i’ll be ready ! 🙂

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      April 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Yay! So glad this inspired you! It’s definitely added so much character to the room. I absolutely love it! Make sure to tag when whenever you get around to creating your own shiplap wall. 🙂

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    Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    April 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I just love the texture it brings to the room. It’s so beautiful!

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    Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    April 25, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’m SO doing this when my husband and I buy a house next year! Gorgeous DIY.

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      April 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Summer!!

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    April 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Looks beautiful. Love the wider boards. Great job!

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    June 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Wondering if you could go on top of paneling with this ??? It’s such a dark living room.

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      June 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      As long as you have a few studs in the wall, you should be able to install these over paneling.

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    January 15, 2021 at 6:17 am

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