I'm Rachel Joy - a DIY and coffee addict obsessed
I’m Rachel Joy – a DIY and coffee addict obsessed with all things home. Through this blog, I inspire and teach non-designers simple and affordable ways to create a home they love spending time in and are proud to share with others. I am so glad you are here! Won’t you grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile?


4. Attach the first board to the wall

Lay your first board down against the wall and use a level to make sure it’s level before attaching to the wall. Once the board is level, attach it to the wall studs with 1 1/4″ brad nails and a brad nailer.

2. You dont have to worry about cutting any edges perfectly because you are going to add trim to the exposed edges

I was really concerned with making sure my measurements were PERFECT.  At the end, I realized that I needed to add trim to the sides of the shiplap wall to give it a finished look.  So there was no need to make them exactly right.

4. If your boards arent level, you cant just adjust the thickness of the gap between the shiplap

Maybe this is common sense, but I didn’t realize it.  When my boards weren’t level, I put one nickel on the higher side and two nickels on the lower side.  Problem solved, right?

Wrong.  Problem created.

When I painted the boards, it was SUPER OBVIOUS that the lines were not the same thickness the whole way across.  And then I had to go back and sand in between the pine boards until they were a similar thickness the whole way across.  I created a lot more work for myself.

As mentioned above, my advice on this is to make sure the first board is level.  Level it really well, and don’t just put it flush on the ground because the ground may not be level.  Since you are going to be covering up the bottom with a trim piece anyways, it doesn’t matter if one side is higher off the ground than the other.

So, level the bottom piece and the rest should turn out pretty level as well.

Baseboards for Shiplap

Baseboard choice depends on what type of shiplap you use. If you use a thicker shiplap, you will need a thicker baseboard.

In my kid’s bathroom, we removed the old baseboard and replaced it with 1 x 4’s to create a modern look.

For a traditional look, consider adding a thicker

For a traditional look, consider adding a thicker baseboard with more details.

In my bathroom, we used thin luan for the shiplap, so we were able to keep the old baseboards.

2. How To Shiplap Around Existing Baseboards

  • Remove the baseboards, install your shiplap, reinstall your baseboards, or
  • Keep your baseboards, and install shiplap boards that are equal to or have a shallower depth. This way, your shiplap can rest atop your baseboards and won’t stick out.
  • Use whatever shiplap you want and ignore differences in depth where the planks meet the baseboard.

11. Add all trim, Spackle, Sand, Caulk, and Paint

After painting the shiplap boards, we attached our base molding. We also chose to finish off our shiplap accent wall inside corners with quarter round for a cleaner, more finished look. And for the one wall edge (on our stairway) we used outside corner molding. We then added our top trim (this lattice molding).

On most of the trim edges we used caulk, which really helped to give a finished look. Finally, we filled all the trim nail holes with spackle, sanded the spackle, and painted the trim. We used Benjamin Moore White Dove in eggshell for everything except the base molding. For the base molding we used Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss.

I love the final look of our DIY shiplap accent walls! It has warmed up the space so much and added just the right amount of character and feelings of comfort.

Here is a full shot of the largest DIY shiplap acc

Here is a full shot of the largest DIY shiplap accent wall, just ignore those ugly cords haha! We are going to be hiding those soon.

What do you think of our DIY shiplap accent walls?

What do you think of our DIY shiplap accent walls?! I am definitely planning on adding shiplap to some more rooms in the future, it’s just so beautiful, affordable, and makes a huge statement in a subtle way! Follow along on Instagram or Facebook for my latest projects and for future updates on our living room makeover! I can’t wait to finish this room now!


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