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SHIPLAP with NO Power Tools

A tutorial on how to create a faux shiplap wall or planked wall without using any power tools. This process involves using peel and stick vinyl flooring.

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)?

Maybe you’re just curious and want to know how to create an easy DIY planked wall with no power tools.

I’ll try to keep this short and simple, just like this project!

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Materials for DIY 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

First you need to decide what kind of floor product you will use.

I searched for the cheapest vinyl plank flooring I could get for my faux shiplap wall.  

Here is what I ordered.

vinyl planks for faux shiplap

I purchased these online and you can find a very similar product HERE. Because I knew I would be painting the vinyl (or my faux wood wall), it didn’t matter what color I purchased.

Any floor glue should work, this is just the product I chose. Note: my planked wall is about 110 square feet. I was hoping a quart would be enough, but it turned out that I needed about a half a gallon.

DIY Faux Shiplap wall with vinyl floor planks

  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 so it will stick on the wall. I found five minutes was key. 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 were 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 painted 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.            

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 the planked wall.

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 paint the wall a solid color first, or paint black lines in between. 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 temporary WOOD PLANK WALL, you might not want to use this method. Just keeping it real and honest y’all.

That being said, I figured I would also share how to create Sharpie Shiplap because this also doesn’t require power tools.

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.

The entire faux shiplap wall with supplies cost around $110.

shiplap with vinyl planks
Shiplap with vinyl planks
Shiplap with vinyl planks
Shiplap with no power tools

I love the look of a feature will with shiplap, board and batten or even picture moulding.

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.’


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DIY Shiplap with no power tools

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  1. Bonnie says:

    Lovely! Why did you have to put floor glue on the adhesive vinyl planks?

  2. Pam says:

    How would you do this on a ceiling please?

  3. Susana says:

    Hi! Loved it, I want to try in in my living room but I am thinking about nailing it to the studs to avoid the glue damage if I ever want to tear it down. Do you think that would work?

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  5. Cynthia Turner says:

    It’s beautiful but the person that gets to take it down will say lots of ugly words, lol.

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  7. Dorothy says:

    I’d like to put up shiplap look walls in my dining room, but there is a chair rail. It’s painted right now, but I’d like to wallpaper the bottom. What do you think? Other ideas?

    • I’ve seen a lot of designs where they have shiplapped below a chair rail, and wallpapered the top. But I can’t say I’ve seen it the other way around. That would be interesting! Either way I love shiplap accented with wallpaper above or below!

  8. Can’t wait to try this out!

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  14. pauliegirl says:

    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!!!

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    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it at Craft Frenzy Friday at Mom Home Guide!

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  19. richellaparham says:

    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!

  20. Joyce says:

    This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us at Funtastic Friday.

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  23. What a great idea! Thank you so much Lindsey for sharing your project with the Creative Circle link party!

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  25. I absolutely love this idea, Lindsey! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow at Vintage Charm #77! Hope to see you there! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

  26. Cecilia says:

    Great job–love it!

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  30. What a great solution for a faux application! Especially for the power tool challenged! Thanks for sharing your project at Fridays Furniture Fix!

  31. Carla from Kansas says:

    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!

    • Oh and one more thing; I used cheap white paint (in egg shell) from Wal-Mart.

    • 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.

  32. Fonda Rush says:

    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.

  33. Mother of 3 says:

    That looks amazing! Love it.

  34. Great idea to use flooring. Your wall turned out wonderfully. Thank your for sharing your idea at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  35. acraftymix says:

    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.

  36. 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

    • 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.

      • Hi Lindsey, JaneEllen again. Found this post on Fridays Furniture Fix party. Seeing this again made me even more determined to do this, first on wall in our room. We have some vinyl flooring out in shed, think might be enuf to do one short wall. Would be good way to try it, get experience. Once in while Habitat or Sam’s club has some flooring so hopefully could get some more if we decided to do wall in living room. Think would be good idea to get out what we have to see what’s what.
        Need to paint bathroom and our room anyway so would be good way to get handyman interested and involved. Would like to do wall/walls in our bathroom also. Oh what the heck,, the whole house, lol.
        Your son’s wall looks so nice, love, love it. Think might have printed your post out before but will again to show my sweet handyman, try to talk him into doing this. All we’d need is adhesive and paint, and roller you specified. Must have been meant to find your post again.
        Happy Mother’s Day

  37. Love how your project turned out. Nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

  38. robjodiefilogomo says:

    What a concept—-I would have never thought of this, but it’s brilliant!

  39. What a great idea; very creative and it turned out beautiful!

  40. Angela says:

    I really love how your wall turned out. Great idea, too!!

  41. Ola Broom says:

    THis turned out beautifully! Great job!

  42. amyathealthhomeandheart says:

    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.

  43. Michele says:

    I love this look. I have thought about trying it. Yours turned out great!

  44. tinmccarthy says:

    Obsessed and pinning! So excited about this post!

  45. I love how this turned out! The step by step directions are perfect for a non-DIYer like myself.

  46. What a good idea! It looks great! 🙂

  47. Beverly says:

    Love how your wall turned out. Great job.

  48. This turned out beautifully! And I agree, you will have saved so much paint by just painting the gaps black as opposed to painting the whole wall first. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go. xx

  49. Awesome! Thanks for linking up at Support Blog for Moms of Boys 🙂

  50. vesnag011 says:

    Such a great idea Lindsey!! It turned out fantastic!! Great job and thanks for sharing!! xoxo
    Vesna – Home Chic Club

  51. I was lucky enough to find your site from the Modest Mom linkup today and wanted to say that I really enjoyed your article. Thank you!

  52. 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.


    • Alyssa says:

      So happy I saw this. My husband and I have been thinking of doing this to save time. Can u tell me what paint you used? Thank you! It really looks beautiful!!

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

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  56. Emily says:

    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

  57. Kati says:

    This is a great idea! I love the look of your wall. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase Link party.

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  59. Mary Ann Goldberg says:

    Would it have been easier to paint the vinyl first? It is beautiful. Great job.

  60. Judy Cromwell says:

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

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  64. Laurie says:

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

  65. This looks great! Thanks for sharing!!!

  66. Teresa B says:

    You did a wonderful job, it turned out great! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  67. Sahana says:

    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.