How to Install Vertical Shiplap

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More progress has been made on our Master Bedroom Makeover for the One Room Challenge! Week 4 is time for vertical shiplap installation.

Vertical Shiplap Installation

Another successful week of work accomplished on the One Room Challenge, and we have vertical shiplap installed! I did an installment just on the wall behind our bed, a little over halfway up for a nice accent.

It feels so good to have the hard work done in this space, so now I can move on to the decorating! 

If you need a recap of the last couple of weeks, here they are:

Vertical Shiplap Installation

Supplies Needed for Vertical Shiplap

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  • 8x4ft plywood underlayment at 1/4in thick (for shiplap)
  • 1x6in Common Board (for top cap)
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Sanding Block
  • Nail Gun and Nails (I used 1in nails for the shiplap and 2in nails for the top cap)
  • 2 Nickels (used for spacers)
  • Level
  • Wood Filler (optional)
  • Caulk
  • Paint/Paint Brush/ Foam Roller

Instructions for Vertical Shiplap

  1. Cut all your wood. When I went to Home Depot to purchase the 8x4ft sheets of plywood, I had their cutting center rip down the sheets to 12 inch wide 8ft strips. Our stores policy only allows 12in or higher cuts now, so we had to use our table saw to cut the 12 inch strips down to 6 inch. I used our miter saw to cut down the length to the height I wanted on our wall. I also cut down the 1x6in common board for the top cap as well. 
  2. Once all my wood was cut, I used a sanding block to sand all the edges of the plywood strips. 

Vertical Shiplap Installation

3.  I started installing my vertical shiplap strips from the center of the wall. Typically I would have added liquid nails to the back of each strip, but chose not to this time just in case we ever wanted to remove it. Using my nail gun and 1in nails I installed each strip one my one, using nickels as spacers. I used my level to make sure each strip was straight. 

Vertical Shiplap Installation

Vertical Shiplap Installation

4. Once all vertical strips were installed, I added the top 1x6in common board with 2in nails. 

Vertical Shiplap Installation

5. After all boards were installed, I used wood filler to fill in all the nail holes (this is optional for a cleaner look), I used caulk where the boards met the corner walls, and where the strips met the common board top cap. 

6. I used two coats of primer and two coats of white paint. A foam roller works best for shiplap. 

Vertical Shiplap Installation

For the sake of the big reveal in a few weeks, I’m just giving you a little peek!

It definitely gives this room more depth and character. And now I am dying to decorate!

Vertical Shiplap Installation


Vertical Shiplap Installation

Vertical Shiplap Installation

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How to Install Vertical Shiplap


One Room Challenge

I’m not a hundred percent sure what I’ll be throwing at you next week, but it will be some decorating fun!

So as always, stay tuned!

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  1. I know this post was from a few years ago but when installing the ship lap what did you nail to since the wall studs are standard 16″ apart? I’m wanting to do vertical shiplap but also don’t want to glue it to the wall.

    1. I didn’t align with any studs, I just nailed it straight into the drywall. I didn’t glue it either in case I ever wanted to remove it. I haven’t had any problems at all with it popping off the wall since 🙂 I think since its so thin the nails alone hold it just fine.

  2. it looks great! love the simple sophistication and that white looks so good on the board! looking forward to seeing more!

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