We love a good wall treatment and this DIY shiplap around my fireplace is no exception!
This project is quick, easy and inexpensive! I love how much light it adds to my room and gives it dimension and character! This is a beginner project that requires very few tools so, let’s get to building!
I built the entire wall with scrap 1/4″ plywood that I ripped to 5.5″ wide. So technically this is a faux shiplap wall, which we typically call plank walls! If you don’t have enough scrap plywood, you can buy a 4’x8′ sheets at the hardware store.
I used my table saw but if you don’t have a table saw you can check out our How to Rip Plywood video HERE! All you need is a circular saw!
If this space looks familiar, this is my living room. These floating shelves were one of the first projects I did when we moved into our home. I loved them for years but I got an itch to see this space lightened and brightened. I also wanted to make the shelves more shallow, as the original shelves were 12″ deep. You can find the free plans for my original floating shelves HERE!
I started by removing the old floating shelves from the wall. I was able to give them to a friend to use so it was totally a guilt-free project 😉
I started at the top of the wall because I wanted a full 5 1/2″ piece at the top. I knew if I got to the bottom of the wall and had to rip a more narrow piece that it wouldn’t be as noticeable. I used my 18-volt stapler to attach the planks. Because this is 1/4″ plywood, I chose to use staples because they grab the thin plywood. If you don’t have a stapler, you can use brad nails or a hammer and nails. This plywood is thin and light so the staples were plenty strong enough to hold the planks in place.
Here it is with one plank attached. Because I was fitting each plank between the stone fireplace and the wall, I had to measure and cut each piece to size.
To give the “shiplap” appearance, I used pennies as spacers between each plank.
Most walls will have a few outlets that you will need to trim around. The great news is that your cuts don’t have to be perfect because they will be hidden behind the outlet covers. I used a jigsaw to cut for the outlet covers. You can see how we do this in THIS VIDEO and THIS VIDEO.
I finished one side of the fireplace and moved on to the other side.
Once the planks were attached, I filled my staple holes with wood filler.
You can find our favorite wood filler HERE on Amazon!
Once the wood filler dried, I gave the planks two coats of Ivory Lace paint by Valspar.
I used a toothpick to clean the paint out of the cracks. If you want to avoid this step, you can paint the planks before installing them. I was challenged with work space to paint them so this was a faster option for me.
That was it! I build those cute floating shelves to go over the planks and I LOVE the whole look! You can find the free plans for the shelves HERE!
I love my new shiplap around my fireplace and my new shelves! The planks made my living room so much brighter and they added character and dimension! Now I want to plank my entire house 😉
I’m linking to everything in this room below! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Building!
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