Hi, friends! I’m Lauren from Bless’er House and I’m back with more budget farmhouse decor mischief. If you haven’t kept up with some of my projects around here before, I’ve shared how we installed a wood beam doorway for $80, how we created an industrial factory window shower door for uber cheap, and how we installed a whitewashed faux brick backsplash for a major bargain.
Are you starting to see a theme here? We kind of have an addiction to the rusticy industrialy stuff at our house, but we’re not so keen on the price tag of the real deal stuff.
But you know what? It doesn’t look cheap. And that’s the most important part.
This time around, I set my sights on my daughter’s wall behind her bed. It needed…something.
I technically finished her bedroom last year (you can see the full tour, source list, and tutorials in her ballerina themed bedroom reveal), but I always felt like this one wall needed more.
Lately, the answer to any blank wall, thanks to Joanna Gaines, seems to always be shiplap. And yep, I’m Team Shiplap all the way.
But part of me is starting to wonder… is our current shiplap craze going to one day become the 1970s knotty pine paneling? Some people will love it forever, but I can already sort of tell the luster will fade with the general population, maybe even myself included, one day. Gasp!
So if you have commitment issues and have absolutely no spare change or grunt labor hanging around, this faux shiplap method is awesomesauce! And it’s free. #winning
A couple of years ago, I tried out this method of drawing lines on a bookcase to mimic planking that I knew I wanted to eventually try out on a wall, and I finally gave it a go. So it can be done on bookcase backings too, if you feel like taking it for a test drive first.
How to (Faux) Shiplap a Wall for $0
by Lauren from Bless’er House
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That’s it! I guess technically it wouldn’t be free if you didn’t have a level and tape measure already in your stash, but I figured it was pretty standard for toolbox supplies. Oh, and a stepstool might help too.
Step 1: Measure and Mark
I decided on making my “planks” 8 inches wide, so I ran my tape measure up the wall and taped it to the ceiling to keep it in place, making sure it was hanging completely vertically.
Then I marked every 8 inches on the wall with my pencil.
Step 2: Draw The Shiplap Lines
Using my level, and the measurements I marked as a guide, I started drawing my lines with the regular pencil first so that I could erase any mistakes, to be on the safe side.
And I had to sharpen my pencil pretty often.
Step 3: Draw The Shiplap Lines… Again
After I had the lines drawn with pencil, I went back over it with the black colored pencil to darken it. You could certainly start with the black colored pencil to begin with, if you wanted. But I took into account that I’d probably end up making some mistakes the first time around with the regular pencil.
Sure enough, I had to do a little erasing at first, so I felt like it was best to be on the safe side.
It took a little over an hour and that was it!
Even though we have 3 real wood shiplap walls in other rooms of our house (above our fireplace, in our foyer, and in our master bedroom), I can honestly tell you that this drawn one looks very much like the real deal unless you are really analyzing it up close. And really… who does that anyway?
Plus, one day, if we ever decide we are no longer fans of shiplap (say it’ll never happen!), it will be easy to paint over without any demolition involved at all.
So are you Team Shiplap all the way? Or not so much? If you can’t make up your mind, at least you can try it out with this method and not have to worry about staying committed, right?
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