SHIPLAP with NO power tools

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!

SHIPLAP with 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 for the faux wood wall:

  1. vinyl wood plank flooring
  2. floor glue
  3. scissors or a box cutter
  4. paint
  5. straight edge
  6. spatula used to spread the glue
  7. penny or spacer
  8. 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 I began my faux shiplap wall;

  1. peel the back off of the vinyl flooring.
  2. spread a decent layer of floor glue on the back of the vinyl (pictured below)
  3. 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.
  4. 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!                                    
  5.  After the first row of planks are up, I used a penny to create a tiny space to make it look like real “shiplap.”

Progress!

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 (and you probably wont need to paint in between the planks).  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.

A word of caution: Using floor glue to attach the vinyl to the wall is fairly permanent. If you ever plan to take these boards down, you will most likely need to re drywall.  My advice, if you’re only wanting to create a FAUX WOOD WALL temporarily, you might not want to use this method. Just keeping it real and honest y’all.

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!

Lindsey**

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76 thoughts on “SHIPLAP with NO power tools

  1. Wow, the wall turned out so cool. Love the details you shared. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.

  2. Wow, this really turned out great! Fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Brag About It. Pinned to share.

  3. Great simple idea. Did you prime the vinyl before you painted. With such a slick surface, I figured it might need a primer. Thanks

    1. Hi Judy. No I did not prime and it worked great. And the finish on the vinyl was actually more of a matte.

    1. For me no. Because I used black paint in between the lines I didn’t have to worry about being messy. BUT if you have a dark wall behind it, it might be easier for you to paint first.

  4. This is great! My sister has wanted to do a shiplap wall but doesn’t have the tools to do many of the other versions she’s shown me (and I live 3 states away with my tools!). Pinning and sharing. #HomeMattersParty

  5. Love how you created this DIY shiplap wall and thank you for sharing it at our party today. We would really love to see you post a link back to our party so we can feature it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda
      Thank you so much for your interest in my post. I have Linked back to your website. Thanks so much
      Lindsey

  6. This looks great! I love the new trend, and I love it even more now that I know there’s an easy version! Thanks so much for sharing your method.

  7. I have a handyman but only when he’s on board with a project I want to do. Doesn’t go for much of newer ideas like shiplap walls, no matter how it’s done. We have single wide mfg. home so think shiplap wall would help insulate wall besides giving wall a new look.
    People that ordered this house originally didn’t have extra insulation put in floors, walls or ceiling which would have helped temps in home during certain seasons. We lived in MT so had our dble wide there insulated better, made big difference in winter and summer. In winter gets down way below zero during/night for weeks sometimes. Here in western CO temps aren’t nearly as severe.
    Love how your son’s wall looks, want to do this. Can you stagger the strips to make it look more realistic? Think would try that.
    Hope you have wonderful weekend

    1. Absalutely you can stagger the strips! That would look good! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out. Thank you for the feedback and good luck.
      Lindsey

  8. That really looks awesome Lindsey. I really wish I’d seen this post before doing our shiplap wall with power tools. This is so much easier and I often seen odd lots of faux vinyl planks that no one wants because the color is just yucky for a bargain at the hardware store.

  9. I love the idea. If I were you, I would have staggered the seams a little. I also think I would have painted the wall dark before I started and painted the vinyl flooring before putting it on the wall. And, finished by touching up if necessary. Just something to think about to see if it would have worked better. I’m glad it turned out well for you.

  10. I am going to do this. Two questions: do you think the black between the planks is necessary? What kind of paint did you use? Love it!

    1. Hi Carla,
      I’m glad you are going to try it! As far as the black lines; this was my preference because I wanted a more “defined” line between the planks and I had a mural behind the wall so I had to cover it with something. Also, if you’re not going to do the black lines then I would suggest painting the planks before you put them on the wall. Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out.
      Lindsey

  11. This is awesome! What a great way to get the look that’s all the rage right now!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  12. Looks GREAT!!! What size is your finished wall? Not sure I saw that? I tend to look…then read!! LOL! I have a pretty large wall I want to do in my living room!! Thanks!!!

    1. My wall is 110 square feet. Good luck if you attempt it! I’m so pleased with the way mine turned out. Blessings!

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