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DIY Shiplap Walls

As I was planning out Annabelle’s Nursery a few months back I knew I wanted shiplap. There are many kinds of shiplap and many ways to do it so as a first timer I was overwhelmed. I went to countless stores that carried shiplap but it all seemed liked it would be turned into this huge project. With the limited time we had we wanted something simple, but also something that could deliver the shiplap concept well. I came across Woody Walls and was amazed by what they offer: adhesive shiplap (no nails!) that is thin enough where you don’t need to remove any trim either! I knew this would be perfect for Annabelle’s nursery. I’m not exaggerating when I say, it literally took only 1.5 hours to do the one accent wall. Below I will be explaining how we did it with some added tips and photos!


What you will need:

  • Woody Wall’s adhesive shiplap
  • J Roller/ Rubber Roller
  • Saw/ Hand Saw
  • Safety Glasses
  • Dry Cloth
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Grade 80 Sandpaper


Before you get started

  • Make sure the wood has laid flat in it’s box at room temperature for atlas 72 hours before installation.
  • Make sure that the wall on which the product will be installed is sanded with a grade 80 sandpaper.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets and switch plates are removed.
  • Make sure the wall is straight, clean, dry, and free of dirt, dust, wallpaper, nails, extra paint or other bumps to ensure that the product adheres properly.


Let the Fun Begin

  1. First, take all the shiplap boards out of the boxes and lay them out individually on the ground.
  2. Make a section of the lighter colored boards and darker colored boards.
  3. After doing that make another pile of the shiplap and make a pattern of light, dark, light, dark, etc. (This way the wall will have an even amount of each! )


  1. To ensure that the first row of wood is absolutely straight place first board at the top of the wall using a level and mark a reference line below the piece.
  2. Trace a line with the level from one end of the wall to the other starting from this reference.
  3. Remove the protective film form the adhesive strips on the back of the first board and place it following the reference line.
  4. Stick the top of the board first, then the bottom and press firmly for 10 seconds.
  5. Repeat for each piece along the row.

  1. If necessary, cut the boards with a hand saw or circular blade saw, taking care to properly measure so that they fit perfectly to the adjacent pieces. (We used a circular blade saw to save us more time).
  2. Before removing the adhesive strips, test each board in place because once the board is stuck it cannot be removed.
  3. Woody Wall’s recommends installing boards from left to right, and taking the trim left over from the last piece of a row to start the next.

  1. For a natural finish, take care to layer the joints from one row to the next so that they don’t form a vertical line. We did the Vertical installation style!
  2. Make sure to go over outlet very carefully and cut the exact.
  3. Once you are done with cutting and applying to around the outlet put the cover back on.
  4. Once all the boards are installed, apply pressure using a rubber mallet (we used the wonderful J-Roller that Woody Wall’s provided us).
  5. And there you have it, a beautiful shiplap wall thanks to Woody Walls!

I highly recommend this company and their adhesive shiplap. Not only is their product beautiful quality but the customer service is great too!

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