The Simple Beauty of Shiplap: Inspiration, Tips & DIY Tutorials

Shiplap Wall via Travis Heights Burnish and Plumb

Shiplap is definitely still enjoying its time in the sun, but the easygoing beauty of this traditional wooden board will never go out of style. So what is shiplap, anyway? You’ve probably heard this term all over HGTV, and you’ve almost certainly seen it, even if you couldn’t quite identify it by name at the time.

Shiplap Wall via Forest Products Supply

Shiplap Wall via Forest Products Supply

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Occasionally, plain wooden planks nailed to a wall get misidentified as shiplap, but that’s not quite what it is. Real shiplap boards have a rabbet cut into their edges to provide just the perfect spacing when they’re installed, giving them a consistent appearance and a desirable watertight effect. Eastern White Pine just happens to be an ideal material for shiplap, creating smooth horizontal lines and an even surface that’s a heck of a lot nicer looking than plain old drywall.

Shiplap Wall via Stonewood Products

Shiplap Wall via Stonewood Products

It may be most popular for use on walls, but shiplap can be used on ceilings, too, and it looks beautiful in every room of the home, including bathrooms. Pine shiplap boards are easy for beginners and DIYers to install, too. You can buy Eastern White Pine shiplap straight from NELMA suppliers like Stonewood Products and Hancock Lumber, or ask your builder to source it in your area.

Shiplap Wall via Studio McGee

Shiplap Wall via Studio McGee

Looking for tips and tutorials? Check out Home Depot’s guide to installing a shiplap wall, and get some ideas for decorating with shiplap from Fixer Upper on HGTV. Lowe’s has some tips for creating a shiplap accent wall, too. Check out the shiplap gallery below, full of posts tagged #shiplap on Instagram. Got a project you want to feature? Let us know on Facebook!

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The Connector House (remodel #6) living room process pictures. We loved the idea of a window seat in this room. The back yard is so private and beautiful, and we knew if we lived here, this would be our “hang out” room. So, we decided to rebuild the bump out in this room, add a bench and some drawers, and of course, all new windows. Except, as you can see from the process pics, when the windows arrived, they made the window seat feel more like a prison instead of a place to sit and relax. The wrong grid count was accidentally ordered, but with one phone call to Carter Lumber, new windows were ordered. No charge, no worries (I love working with great customer service people). We also loved the vaulted ceilings in this room and wanted to highlight them with wood—and while we were at it, we added wood to the walls. Our contractor sprayed the walls with Behr white satin paint, straight out of the can. People always ask me what color white I use in our houses…I just try as best as I can to keep color choices simple. Our cabinet maker made the built-ins and bench top. The top is made of pine that he matched to the floors. He added “worm holes” and distressed it perfectly. The barn lights are from Home Depot and the chandelier is from Lowe’s. #afhloveswoodandwhite

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