SHIPLAP; The new buzzword in home decor. Everyone wants to have it but can everyone make it? YES! Can you really create shiplap with NO power tools? Well guess what, you’re in luck, because I created a SHIPLAP (or faux shiplap wall) with only using a few supplies and NO POWER TOOLS!
I’m guessing that since you’re reading this you might be a new DIY’er? Or perhaps you might be someone who wants to join the “shiplap train” but doesn’t want to hassle with cutting wood (this was my motivation)? Or maybe you’re just curious and want to know how to create a SHIPLAP wall without any power tools. I’ll try to keep this short and simple, just like this project!
Let’s start with the materials:
- vinyl wood plank flooring
- floor glue
- scissors or a box cutter
- straight edge
- spatula used to spread the glue
- penny or spacer
- Paint brush and fine finish roller
The first step to create shiplap with no power tools was to order the materials. I searched for the cheapest vinyl plank flooring I could get for my faux shiplap wall. Here is what I ordered.
I purchased these online and you can find a very similar product HERE. Because I knew I would be painting the vinyl, it didn’t matter what color I purchased.
I also ordered floor glue the same time I purchased the vinyl. Here is what I used:
Any floor glue should work, this is just the product I chose. Note: my faux shiplap wall was about 110 square feet. I was hoping a quart would be enough, but it turned out that I needed about a half a gallon.
After I rounded up all my materials here is how it began;
- peel the back off of the vinyl flooring.
- spread a decent layer of floor glue on the back of the vinyl (pictured below)
- WAIT AT LEAST 5 minutes. This is an important step and I learned the hard way that you need to let the glue “sit” and get a little sticky. If you attempt to place the plank directly on the wall after you have applied the glue it might start to “slide” down the wall. I found that 5 minutes was the time it needed to sit. I applied the glue to about 5 planks at a time.
- Start by applying the planks to one of the top corners of the wall. I started at the top left. When I got to the right side, I had to cut the vinyl plank in half. I measured how much I needed to cut and used a straight edge and scissors. Easy peasy!
- After the first row of planks are up, I used a penny to create a tiny space to make it look like real “shiplap.”
6. The next step was a tedious one! I bought cheap black paint and used a thin paintbrush to paint in between the vinyl floor lines. Since I was painting the actual vinyl, I didn’t worry about being messy or keeping the black paint in the lines.
7. The next step is my favorite one; PAINTING the SHIPLAP! A few words of wisdom from experience; Use a FINE FINISH ROLLER like you see here. The surface is not flat due to the spaces in between the planks, so you don’t want to paint the black lines. I found that a fine finish roller almost eliminated the issue of accidentally painting the black lines. I did have to go back and touch up some of the lines after I painted my faux shiplap.
Side Note: Since I’ve published this post I’ve had a lot of comments regarding the black paint lines in between the boards. If your walls are a solid medium or darker shade, then it would be easier for you to paint the boards white first before you glue them to the wall. Then there would be no need to paint the black lines. Since I had a multi colored mural behind the wall, I had to either paint the wall a solid color first, or paint the black lines. I thought it would be easier to paint the black lines in between the boards.
And that’s it for my shiplap with NO power tools! As you can see I completed this for my son’s room and finished it with a “nautical” theme. I love it. This entire faux shiplap wall with supplies cost around $110. There are ways to create cheaper faux shiplap wall, BUT you would have to use power tools. To see my full vision for this room with a mood board and a source list to shop the room, click here.
Are you ready to jump on the “shiplap train?” Just because you don’t have a handyman in your back pocket or the skills of a seasoned DIYer doesn’t mean you can’t have your own shiplap wall. So gather up your materials and start channeling your own inner ‘Chip and Joanna Gaines’, because SHIPLAP wall here we come…oh yeah, and with NO POWER TOOLS!
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