Vertical Shiplap is everywhere right now! The beautiful thing about this seemingly trendy wall treatment is that its actually a traditional way to finish your walls.
I love finding a trend that won’t be going out of style anytime soon, and even then its traditional look is timeless so if it wains in popularity it will never be outdated.
Inexpensive Vertical Shiplap Tutorial
In the fall we decided we were finally ready to tackle our youngest daughter Paisleys room that was in dire need of a makeover. Whenever I am about to do a reno, or room makeover I always go to Instagram and/or Pinterest to get some inspiration.
I love the vertical shiplap trend thats all over Pinterest and after showing it to Paisley we decided it was the perfect wall treatment for her bedroom, with one bonus addition of ombre pink stripes above to make it a little more colourful!
Traditional shiplap you can buy pre-made with grooves at the hardware store can be very expensive, so we knew we needed to find a way to cut costs without sacrificing any of the beauty for vertical shiplap in this space.
My husband ended up coming up with an extremely cost effective way to add shiplap to Paisleys walls, and we were able to do all 4 walls for under $100!!! That doesn’t include the can of paint we needed but all in all to cover all 4 of her walls we easily spent under $200.
Check out the full room reveal for Paisleys boho bedroom makeover here. You can also find all the paint colors we used for her walls as well as home decor items.
Paisleys bedroom makeover video
Materials for recreating this inexpensive vertical shiplap on your walls
All you need to recreate our inexpensive vertical shiplap is:
Steps for creating budget friendly vertical shiplap
We decided to run the shiplap 6′ up the wall, so Jade cut the hardboard pieces to rough length first. Then, using the cut off piece, he cut a few sample strips all ranging about 4″-6″ so we could figure out how wide we wanted them. It turns out that 5″ was perfect!
He then cut all the hardboard up into 5″ wide strips, applied the adhesive to the back and them brad nailed them onto the wall. This can be done before or after you put up the baseboard and trim, we did it after.
Starting in the middle and working to either side to make it even. He used a scrap of the hardboard as a spacer to make sure the gaps are all the same. If you want to change the look to a wider gap you could use something thicker for your spacer.
Once all the shiplap is in place you just need to fill the nail holes, caulk the corners, and add some paint!
This can be painted with a brush and roller, but luckily we bought a small sprayer a couple years ago when Jade was doing more renovations, and that made the job much easier. If you don’t have one I’d suggest borrowing one if you can find a willing friend!