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)?

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.

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 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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99 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. 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.

    2. To be honest, yes it might be a little difficult. If you used a lot of glue and held it for a minute you would probably be ok. But, it’s kind of iffy. Hope that helps!

  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

    1. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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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  13. 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?

    1. 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!

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

  15. 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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