Mini-spoiler, we’re working on our own shiplap/wooden plank wall for our Basement Makeover. Since it’s just for our basement and we’re going for the unfinished-finished look, we wanted to keep it simple and not spend too much money. With that said, when I started looking into DIY’s on the different options of how we could accomplish our shiplap wall, I was overwhelmed at the options and price variations.
So if you’re like me and researching the many options of how to shiplap your space, here are some things to consider while you plan your own DIY. Take into consideration the overall look, how you’re finishing the rest of the space and how much effort you want to put into this project!
Straight vs. Alternating Boards. The way you decide to finish the space is something to think about! Whether you’re going for a straight across board look or mix and match sizes they’re two completely different looks, especially depending on how you finished them and how much you’re shiplapping.
Pre-finished Wood. This seemed like the path of least resistance, although the price point and the amount of pre-finished wood we would need with this option added up quick. Although from a low maintenance perspective these options like this Home Depot’s Nantucket Gray Poplar Weathered boards or this kit from Lowe’s of White Barnwood Shiplap Plank Wall kit are great options.
Painted vs. Stained. Depending on how you’re placing your boards – straight or alternating, this may determine the way you want to finish the look! Also thinking whether you want something painted or stained may affect the pattern you decide. We decided to go the stain route, because it’s easier and we ended up painting way more than we expected with other projects. Plus, I think the stain look with bring in a nice place with some of the other unfinished elements.
Type of Wood. Determining the type of wood you want to use, can also affect your cost and overall look. Whether it’s plywood, finished wood, actual barn wood, or the pre-finished wood mentioned above. We ended up going the maple-wood plywood route loosely inspired by this DIY tutorial by Angela Marie Made.
I’m looking forward to sharing more details on our Shiplap Statement Wall DIY in the coming weeks – we are definitely excited to see how it turns out and think it’ll be the right amount of finish for our unfinished basement. View more shiplap wall inspiration here!