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One Hour Entryway Makeover with Sharpie Shiplap

I’m all about creating new spaces. I’m more about creating new spaces that don’t take a lot of time or money! This project encompasses both of those. I still can’t believe how stinkin’ real the Sharpie shiplap looks! Speaking of Shiplap, I’m no stranger to creating my own DIY shiplap. In our old house I made over a wall with Shiplap with NO power tools! This time around, though, I made this DIY shiplap even easier! Enough talk, let’s get to the process of how I created this modern farmhouse entryway in under one hour with Sharpie shiplap.

Entryway Makeover with Sharpie Shiplap

One of the best things about this easy DIY is that it’s also renter friendly. Do you rent your home and yet still want to add a little faux shiplap? Friends, THIS is the way to go. You can also see my post where I share more ideas on DIY renter friendly wall treatments.

How do you create a faux planked wall with Sharpie Shiplap?

First let me show you my modern farmhouse entryway BEFORE this one hour makeover with Sharpie Shiplap.

modern farmhouse entryway

It doesn’t look bad, I just felt like it could still look better. Your entryway is the first thing that people see when they come into your home, so you want it to look great!

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Materials needed to create Sharpie Shiplap:

Note: You don’t have to use an oil based Sharpie. As a matter of fact, a regular Sharpie will work just fine. An oil based Sharpie is more smudge resistant and more permanent as well. If you know this is only temporary, I would suggest using a regular Sharpie (just be careful about smudges).

How to create a Sharpie Shiplap wall

  1. First, decide how wide you want the faux shiplap planks to be. I decided to make my lines 6″ apart. I’m not sure if there is a magic “shiplap width” but this is how wide our real shiplap is in our living room.
  2. Use a pencil to mark tick marks on the side of the wall every 6 inches.
  3. Line your ruler up to the first tick mark. After you’ve made sure the ruler is level, start drawing a line with the sharpie. Be careful to line up the point of the sharpie perfectly when you’re moving the ruler from one point to the next.
  4. I started at the bottom of the wall, but hindsight I should have started at the top. Lucky for me everything lined up, but if I do this again I will start at the top (like I say, learn from MY mistakes).
  5. Continue making lines until you are done with the wall and you have perfectly drawn shiplap!
bare wall before sharpie shiplap
starting to draw the Sharpie Shiplap
Sharpie shiplap progress
Sharpie Shiplap is done
drawing sharpie shiplap
drawing sharpie shiplap with ruler

I have to admit, after the first few lines were complete I thought I had made a huge mistake. But after the Sharpie Shiplap wall was done, I was surprised at how much dimension it added. After adding accessories, it looked almost like the real thing.

Video tutorial of Sharpie Shiplap

I’m finally pleased with our entryway. Best part, it really only took me about an hour to re create this whole space!

Is there a space in your home that you can add a little sharpie shiplap?

Entryway makeover with Sharpie shiplap
Entryway makeover with Sharpie shiplap

Even though the shiplap gives it a farmhouse feel, I’ve still added some modern touches with the metal mirror and more simplistic hooks.

Entryway makeover with Sharpie shiplap

I’m so pleased with how this looks, I’m already brewing about where else I can add more sharpie shiplap!

entryway makeover with Sharpie Shiplap

Would you take a marker to your walls for a little faux planked boards?

SHOP THE SPACE:

Black and white pillow

Wall Hooks

Hunter Boots

Round metal mirror with rope

Oil based Sharpie Marker

How to create Sharpie Shiplap

how to create sharpie shiplap

A quick guide on how to create your own DIY Sharpie Shiplap. This post includes a video on how I created an entryway makeover in about an hour with this easy shiplap tutorial created with a sharpie.

Active Time 4 hours 1 second
Total Time 4 hours 1 second
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 10 dollars

Materials

  • Ruler with a level
  • Sharpie oil based paint marker in medium point
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Decide how wide you want the faux shiplap planks to be.
  2. Use a pencil to mark tick marks on the side of the wall every 6 inches.
  3. Line your ruler up to the first tick mark (start at the ceiling). After you've made sure the ruler is level, start drawing a line with the sharpie.
  4. Continue making lines until you are done with the wall and you have perfectly drawn shiplap!

Notes

I started drawing lines at the bottom of the wall, but hindsight I should have started at the top. Lucky for me everything lined up, but if I do this again I will start at the top (like I say, learn from MY mistakes).

I made my shiplap lines 6" apart. I'm not sure if there is a magic "shiplap width" but this is how wide our real shiplap is in our living room.

Be careful to line up the point of the sharpie perfectly when you're moving the ruler from one point to the next.

If you enjoyed this post you might be interested in seeing a few more spaces I created like it.

Rustic Beach Cottage Entryway

rustic beach cottage entryway

Modern Farmhouse Entryway with Thrifted Finds

Thanks for stopping by friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick and easy space makeover in under one hour! Now to find another space to create!

Lindsey**

How To Paint Shiplap | All Your Questions Answered

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

[…] I did this on my real shiplap, but it’s also an amazing way to create the look of a shiplap wall with only a little black paint or a sharpie! It would be a great faux shiplap idea that’s extremely budget friendly! (Note: The sharpie won’t work on an uneven wood surface, but on a low texture wall it would be great!) Just use a yardstick, or painters tape, to mark the wall ever 6″ and use the sharpie to draw a line. Lindsey has a great example! […]

Mattie Silman

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi, Where are you located in the US or the UK. I am buying an 18th Century cottage and there are low ceilings downstairs so I am looking for all the tricks I can muster. Thank you, Mattie

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Wednesday 26th of August 2020

I'm in the US! Did you see this post? https://repurposeandupcycle.com/ceilings-look-taller-trick/

Sammy

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Did you make your bench? If so do you have a tutorial on that?

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Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hey Sammy, I did not. I purchased it locally.

Carol

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

I love this! Did your wall have any texture or was it smooth? I have textured walls and am afraid it wouldn't work.

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Thursday 23rd of April 2020

It has a small amount of texture

Sharon hascup

Saturday 8th of February 2020

My shiplap has tan grooves and I need to make lines where I can’t put shiplap. What color should I use?

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Sunday 9th of February 2020

If I'm understanding you correctly you want to add "sharpie shiplap" to a wall that already has real shiplap. Can you match the tan with some sort of permanent tan marker ? If not, I would suggest going in between the lines of real shiplap with black paint and continuing with the black sharpie.

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