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Faux Shiplap Entry

So I have been wanting to shiplap something ever since I first started watching Fixer Upper. How about you?

I found the perfect wall. 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. Anyway, our entry never looked finished.

faux shiplap before

After we put in our built in bookcase instead of the railing I have been wanting to do something with our entry. See how our stairs are missing that sideboard piece that should be against the wall? It just looks odd and unfinished.

shiplap entry before

I decided to brighten up the whole space and shiplap that wall. But being the thrifty person I am, I wanted to do it cheap.

Once the idea came into my head I have been set on using plywood. Especially after one of my favorite blogs, did a whole room using plywood and it looked awesome.

Up until the very day I was going to Lowe’s to have them cut sheets of plywood into 6″ planks that has always been the plan.

With keys in my hand ready to go, I started second guessing it. What if they weren’t cut straight, what if they started bowing and pulling away from the wall etc…

I then remembered another one of my favorite blogs, Bless’er House doing her entry last year. I did a quick check to what she used again. Ah. that’s it. V Groove Planks. With quick calculations I realized, with our wall, it would cost exactly the same as plywood, but I knew it would be straight.

So I headed to Lowes to get some of my supplies: (Affiliate links for your conveince. See full disclosure.)

  • 4 packs of V Groove Planks
  • Caulk
  • Nail Gun
  • Paint

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

We 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

Now I’m really excited to re-stain these orange steps! Hopefully it will be done in the next couple of weeks and I can show you a full, styled entry reveal!


You can see our full entry reveal here!


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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