America has gone crazy for Shiplap. What exactly is shiplap? Shiplap is a kind of woodenboard that’s often used for constructing sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings. Shiplap traditionally has a groove cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, morning, and a tight seal. This also gives shiplap its distinctive appearance, with subtle horizontal reveals between each piece.
Lately shiplap has become a popular choice for interior finishes too, thanks to its rustic charm and subtle texture. (Fixer Upper would lead you to believe that nearly every home in the Waco area is covered in it.) Whether you choose to use real, honest-to-goodness shiplap in your interior project or fake the look by applying MDF boards to your drywall it’s a great way to add a little character to any room.
You can buy rabbeted shiplap from a lumberyard or even big box hardware stores these days. If you plan on painting your walls white anyway, save yourself some time by buying it pre-primed. If you like the look of shiplap, but are on a strict budget, source some MDF panels instead, which might save you some money versus real wood. Either 6″ or 8″ widths work well. Although you won’t have the official tongue and groove, it still adds interest and character to the wall, for a little less. Use tile spacers to install each plank evenly. If hammer and nails isn’t your thing, but you still want the look, turn to adhesive products instead – from wallpaper to wood-look panels.
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