DIY Budget Shiplap Brings Rustic Elegance For Pennies

Love the Fixer Upper look?  Get your own country-chic architectural details at a fraction of the cost with these Budget DIY Shiplap tutorials.

When you are reading a pretty home magazine or looking at a decor catalog, take a close look at the rooms that you love.  You might love a couch, curtains or lamp, but the chances are, those pieces look as good as they do because of the setting they are in.  The rooms in the pictures are often in very high-end homes with the most stunning of architectural details.

What if you could create some of that visual interest in your own home, at a bargain-basement price?  Thanks to Joanna Gaines of TV’s Fixer Upper, shiplap is currently the most popular wall treatment around.  It offers a homespun backdrop against which overstuffed couches and chunky tables look amazing.



If you ask a contractor to install it for you, you can pay big bucks for this effect.  But the folks at Making Joy and Pretty Things are here to show you how they created a shiplap wall in their daughter’s nursery for only $30.  You won’t believe how beautiful it is!



Take a look at this finished bedroom project from Farmhouse on Boone that oozes simple elegance!  We love the sconces and the shiplap offers such visual interest that they don’t even need art above the headboard.



Here’s what you will need to make your own Budget DIY Shiplap wall.

  • Underlayment Plywood
  • Nail gun nails
  • Construction Adhesive
  • 1/8 inch spacers (you can use tile spacers; we used strips of 1/8 particle board we had around)
  • Crackshot Spackling Paste
  • 250 grit sandpaper
  • Pneumatic Nail Gun
  • Table Saw – to cut the board into planks
  • Compound Miter Saw – to cut planks to length

Check out the complete step-by-step and see how Making Joy and Pretty Things made their wall for $30!


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