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Faux Shiplap Entry

I have never liked our entry way. We live in, what we New Yorker’s call a raised ranch. You might call them split entry or bi-level. Our entry never looked finished after we created the bookshelf on the other side.

faux shiplap before
shiplap entry before

It was kinda just blah.

I decided to brighten up the whole space and shiplap that wall using tongue and groove 5″ planks.


I was really lucky that the wall was only about an inch larger than 8′. The planks were 8′. Win! No cutting to fit!

Plank Wall Progress

After we marked the studs all the way down we started at the top and worked our way down. The top where there were no stairs was the easy part. It took no time at all.

The tricky part was when we got to the stairs. Since there was no “sideboard piece” for us to line up the planks with, but a small gap from the stairs to the wall because we had removed wainscoting when we moved in, we had to wedge the planks behind the stairs.

We got it done and it looks awesome.

faux shiplap before paint

I added a flat piece of trim on the wall by the door to cover up the 1″ that was exposed since our wall was slightly larger than the 8′ planks.

faux shiplap moulding

We caulked some of the deep knots in the planks and did a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint.

Shiplap Faux Entry After

I love the way it gives it a finished look in our entry. You can see our spur of the moment new fooring we put down in the middle of the project here.

DIY Faux Shiplap entry wall

Since I added this wall, I have also:

split entry gray with stair runner


Monday 5th of September 2016

Love this! How much was each 8 ft piece and where did you get the slat board from? Thanks.


Monday 5th of September 2016

I got them at Lowes. I believe it came in a pack of 6 for about $16?


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Yaaaay! So glad it worked out for you! And thank you so much for linking my blog. :) Your entry looks fabulous!

Tania // Run to Radiance

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

it's so beautiful! We did a faux shiplap wall in our last house and i loved I want to do another! :D

Katie Trott

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Just today I have been considering shiplap! Thanks for showing me how you did it :)


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Wonderful job! Looks great :)

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