DIY Shiplap (Plank)
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Lets get started...
I love shiplap but it can be costly so I decided to plank my bathroom to appear to be shiplap.
I decided to go with plywood, sanded on one side, from Home Depot. They were $18ish a piece and I had them rip them into 6" planks.
*Tip...call all your local Home Depots and see which one has sharpened or replaced their blade recently.
Material and power tools I used:
*plywood, ripped into planks (sized to your preference. 5" to 6" is normal shiplap size but other sizes can be used)
*liquid nail with a caulking gun
*nails "for the nail gun"
*paint if painting, stain and poly (or desired sealant) if staining
*caulk or wood filler if you don't want the nail holes
*chop saw, miter saw to cut pieces to exact size
*table saw if you need to rip a piece
*jigsaw for the special cuts
*Nickels as spacers (or any spacer of choice)
*Drill and drill (for those hard cuts in the middle of the board)
I was able to fit a baby and two new toilets and 5 plywood boards cut into planks into my van...you gotta to do whatcha gotta do!
Now your going to want to prep your room...
We took out a cabinet out above the toilet...
but we left the wall paper and I didn't paint first.
If you want to see the dark shinning through then you would want to paint it a darker color first.
We were on a budget so I just planked right over all that beautifulness...not!! 😝
We took off the face plates...
and we removed the old ugly 😝 light fixture.
Since our big work light broke, we decided to install one of our new lights...but its best if you can avoid that so that you won't have to work around and tape your new light.
Of course we replaced the sheet rock, where my hubby cut a hole to rewire the one light fixture into two.
*Disclaimer make sure all power is off!!!! Or call a electrician!!!
I am usually better at taking picture, but I had a lot going on, and my camera's flash went out 😢, which is why the pictures are not the best. Also due to the bathroom being so small, it made it hard to get good pictures...Okay back to the shiplap.
*You'll want to start at the top. I didn't because...well, I didn't think it through, and I am adding molding and trim so it won't matter that the little ripped piece is on the top instead of the bottom because you won't see it.
***So start at the top!***
*Put liquid nails on the wall where your board is going to go.
*Align your board right to the ceiling line.
*Then, using your nail gun, nail the corner pieces and then nail about every foot or two, depending on how straight the board is. I don't mind nail holes so I put more than really needed. You can always fill the nail holes.
*Put your liquid on the wall where your next board will go.
*Place your next board and using your spacer in the crack between the two boards, push up and nail.
*About every two board you need to level it and make adjustments.
*Repeat this process until you have finished that wall.
If you are only doing one wall then you are done!!!
If you are doing more then one wall then read on...
I chose to use the wall I already had shiplapped as my guide, instead of relying solely on the nickels. I still used the nickels when I could, but my walls were not 100% straight, so the crack size varied. I chose to line up the boards instead of focusing on keeping the crack width the same. So if your crack space isn't exact, it will still turn out beautiful!
For the hard cuts (light fixtures, plugs, counters etc.)...
you will want to measure and and mark your board.
My studly man used our portable table saw to slowly and carefully cut the first line over and over until there was enough room for me to get my jigsaw blade in there.
Cuts in the middle of the board can be tricky!
To get the cut started we drilled holes big enough that I could get my jigsaw through.
Then all you have to do is paint yay 😊!!!
This is a handy tool I used to clean out any of the lines that got paint in them, I recommend it!
I used Behr from Home Depot, in Ultra pure white. I wanted the small bathroom to feel as big as possible.
Well there you have it...I still have more to do, so check back in for
framing a mirror
adding trim and molding
trimming out the window
and what I decide to do to the cabinets...it's going to be exciting!!!