How to Install a Shiplap Wall in 4 Simple Steps

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STEP 7: Sand and apply a second coat of paint

Lightly sand the surface of the boards with 400-grit sandpaper to remove tiny bits of dust that may have stuck to the paint when it was wet and to smooth the wood grain (paint tends to raise bare wood grain slightly). Then, brush or roll on the second coat of paint and let it dry completely.


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STEP 15: Continueinstalling shiplap up the wall

Measure, cut, and install shiplap for the rest of the rows in the same manner. When you reach the top of the wall, you may have to rip the last row of shiplap in order for the boards to fit. If so, measure the remaining space and rip the boards to that width on a table saw, lengthwise, to fit uniformly at the top. Use the same nailing pattern unless you have a very narrow board (2″-wide or less), in which case you can insert just one nail into each stud.

Basics of Shiplap Installation

Since shiplap is lightweight, it can be installed on interior walls in a number of ways: gluing it directly to the wall with construction adhesive; nailing it directly to the wall with finish nails or brads; or by first nailing furring strips to the walls, then nailing the shiplap to the furring strips.

The furring strip method helps to override minor wall imperfections, prevents damage to your walls, and is easier to remove.

Floor-to-ceiling vertical strips of one-by-three softwood are initially screwed to the wall, four screws per board. Each strip placement mirrors the placement of the stud below. Finally, the shiplap is nailed horizontally over the furring strips.

Finding the studs before installing shiplap

In order to locate the studs underneath your exist

In order to locate the studs underneath your existing drywall, invest in a stud finder if you don’t already own one, or borrow a friend’s stud finder. Turn on the device and hold it flush to the wall. Depending on the model you’re using, the finder will beep, light up, or otherwise indicate when it’s passing over a stud within the wall.

With chalk or a pencil, mark each spot where there

With chalk or a pencil, mark each spot where there is a stud.

There are also methods for locating studs without a stud finder. You can find them in this article.

Why is it so important to find the studs before installing shiplap over drywall? Without knowing where the studs are, you won’t know where to anchor your shiplap boards securely. If you only nail them to the papery drywall, they could rip right out, causing significant damage. You want each piece of shiplap to be firmly anchored to at least one wall stud, preferably two.

If your drywall is already finished and painted, so much the better! If not, tape and mud the drywall seams before installing the shiplap. Taping and mudding offer extra protection against insects, pests, odors, or drafts that might seep through the wall.

Things You’ll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Chalk snapline
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Hand saw
  • Interior use Heavy Adhesive paste
  • 2 in (5.1 cm) nails or screws
  • Hammer
  • Nail or screw gun (optional)
  • Nickels or scrap plexiglass
  • A rag
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun