How To Get The Look Of Shiplap Without All The Hassle

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Do you love the look of shiplap, but not the hassel? I will show you how to achieve this in a very simple way!
How To Get The Look Of A Shiplap Wall Without All The Hassel || Worthing Court.Pin

I can hardly believe that it’s been a full year since I pushed all my fears aside and completed the first project for our total dining room makeover!  My vertical faux shiplap wall was such a simple DIY project, but taking what I thought was such a big step scared me!

For this week’s edition of The Best Of Worthing Court, let’s take a look back at that project (with updated photos), the supplies that we used and what an easy project it was.  If there’s a project that you want to try in your own home that scares you, I hope this will inspire to charge full steam ahead anyway.  You might just be surprised at the boost of confidence you’ll have in the end.

Even though I finally worked up my own nerve to give my idea a try, trying to talk Pookie into my “vision” was whole ‘nother story.  Click HERE to read my tips for How To Decorate When You Can’t Agree.  Y’all have left me some wonderful comments, btw.  I’m glad to know that we aren’t the only ones who struggle sometimes.

Say hellooo gorgeous to my perfect planked wall!  I’m excited because I love the planked wall, but I’m even more excited because it was so fast and so easy to do.

Maybe you dread all of the work and time that would be required to cut sheets of plywood into strips or hanging tongue-in-groove planks one by one.  There’s no long drawn out project here – this method is easy!

A dining room wall with shiplap effect on it.Pin

Pookie and I completed this wall in roughly two – three hours (not counting shopping, caulking or painting).  What’s the secret?  Paneling. Yep, plain old ordinary, everyday paneling.

This is the easiest and fastest diy planked wall ever!Pin

To be more specific, this is the product that we used from Lowes.

The shiplap you can buy in the store.Pin

They do have flat paneling too (that looks more like wide boards with groves in between), but I thought that this single bead paneling looked more like individual wooden boards.  Plus I really like the texture and dimension of it.

A wooden shelf on the shiplap wall.Pin

Now, I admit that I was a little scared at the thought of putting any kind of paneling on any wall in my house.  I kept having flashbacks to the 70’s, when I had an entire den full of that cheap, awful brown stuff.  But, after thinking about it, I decided to take the plunge and see how it would look.  I’m so glad that I did!

Things that we had to consider:

  • Hang the paneling horizontally or vertically?  In the end, I decided that I liked the vertical look for the dining room.  In my mind, it seemed that horizontal planking would be a little more rustic looking and I wanted something a little dressier for the dining room.
  • How far up the wall to take the paneling – all the way to the top or only about 5′ or 6′?  I knew that I wanted to be able hang anything that I wanted to on the wall without some kind of trim getting in the way, so I decided to just mount it at the top of the baseboard and take it all the way up to the bottom of the existing crown moulding.
  • How to handle the fact that our wall space was 98″ tall, but the paneling was only 96″ tall.  We decided to cut the sheets into two 48″ tall pieces and hang them so that there was a 2″ space about halfway up the wall that we could cover with a piece of trim that resembles a chair rail.

With all of our decisions made and measurements in hand, we made our way to our local Lowes, where we were able to get the paneling cut into the exact sizes that we needed.  Our wall measured 177″ wide x 98″ tall (from the top of the baseboard to the bottom of the crown mould), so we had to buy four sheets of paneling that were then cut into a total of eight pieces.

A hutch and a dining room table in the dining room.Pin


To attach it to the wall, we ran a bead of construction adhesive around all four sides of each piece of paneling, plus a few dabs in the middle.  Then used a few brad nails (with a nail gun) to hold it in place until the adhesive dried.  If you don’t have a nail gun, they have small nails (that are made especially for paneling) that you can use with a hammer.

When the paneling was in place, every seam and joint was caulked and then the entire wall was painted the same color as the rest of the trim – Sherwin Williams Pure White in semi gloss.  I was a little worried about being able to see seams, but they aren’t visible at all.

After the paint was dry, I didn’t waste any time getting my vintage mantel hung and decorated!  Maybe you remember it from the basement of our former home.  Click HERE to get my step-by-step directions for making these easy Fixer Upper style hanging lanterns.

The shiplap wall in the dining room.Pin

Want to see the before and after of my faux vertical shiplap wall?  BTW, you can see the full BEFORE and AFTER reveal of the entire room, including how I painted all of my furniture, by clicking HERE.

Before shot of the wall before planking was addedPin


The after shot of the same wall after the shiplap put on it.Pin

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  1. Love the look you created. So easy too.

  2. Wow! Such an amazing transformation! Easy, peasy!!!!!

  3. It looks wonderful – who knew how easy it was to achieve the ship lap look?!

  4. Thanks, Suzy, for sharing this wonderful project! What a difference it makes in your dining room! I really love the look. I have been working on my husband to convince him that we need to plank some of our walls. I have him only half convinced, but he has agreed to go to Lowe’s and look at it, so maybe we will come to an agreement on this.
    I’m also undecided as to run it vertically or horizontally….we have 8 foot walls. I like both looks, but need help in deciding! So many decisions……………

  5. Beautiful walls! Will/do you have a tutorial on how to paint your chair and table legs? They are very nice.

  6. Dianne Lanier says:

    Love, LOVE the painted table and chairs!!

  7. Beautiful! I would never have guessed it was paneling. I’m thinking I might want to do this on one of our bedroom walls.

  8. Love this. We did something similar with paneling in the man cave in our last home. Pinning!

  9. Dee Rahmeh says:

    Love the Look…and looks like I could do!!! thanks!!!

  10. I love it!!! It looks amazing!

  11. Carol Elkins says:

    This looks great! I would’ve never guessed that it was paneling!

  12. That paneling made such a big difference on the wall. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

  13. Pinning! Great idea! I had thought about using bead board wall paper… but this idea is even better!

  14. Ana Maria says:

    Wonderful, I’m definitely going to do it i a couple of bedrooms!
    But first, a word of warning:
    Last year, we did the entire home’s ceiling in tongue in groove. We also added crown moldings, better floor boards and all new inside doors. Everything was painted white. A couple of months later, I started noticing dark shadows on the ceiling, especially above table lamps. They became darker. After some research I discovered that the culprit are scented candles! The more intense the scent, the more pollution they cause. For some reason, it concentrates above the heat caused by the lampbulbs (all my bulbs are LED).
    Bottom line, the wood looks amazing, but we must choose it, or scented candles.

    1. Oh my goodness – who knew?!?! Thank you for the warning! I do have candles in the lanterns hanging on the wall, but they are battery operated so they don’t give off any heat.

  15. I love the dimension it gives your wall! Just beautiful and a great backdrop for your lovely pieces!

  16. mattsgramma says:

    I’d have been scared tto, but it looks amazing!

  17. I like the look of your faux vertical shiplap. When we bought our house, it had the faux beadboard (narrower than yours) halfway up the wall, stopping at the chair rail. But it was painted Country Blue! And the wall was that awful contractor white. I talked my husband into painting the beadboard a beautiful pure gloss white, and the wall above it a deep red. And while I am now ready to repaint the Red walls, I still love my glossy white beadboard.