While writing last week’s post, I realized I don’t have a good tutorial on how to shiplap using underlayment. As I shared last week, this is my favorite go-to when adding shiplap to any of my walls. I have tried other techniques, but this one is by far the easiest and the least expensive….
How to Shiplap Using Underlayment
Underlayment (4’x8′ sheet) (Number needed is dependent upon project size)
Table saw (or circular saw)
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Nail filler Affiliate Link
Paint walls the same color the shiplap walls will be.
Cut underlayment into strips. I like to cut mine 6″ wide…making the strips 4 feet long and 6 inches wide.
Starting from the top of the wall, measure length of board needed. I like to start with a 2 foot strip in the left corner. Working your way left to right, here’s the pattern: 2 foot strip, 4 foot strip, 2 foot strip, repeat all the way to bottom of wall. Using your nail gun attach each board to the wall.
Fill in all of the nail holes using wood filler. Then sand those spots with 220-grit sandpaper.
Caulk: where the shiplap meets the corner of the wall; down along the baseboards; all along the ceiling.
Ready for paint!!
Tip: If you are adding shiplap to walls that join together, it helps to add a 2×2 strip. It’s very unlikely that all of your boards will line up perfectly. This strip tricks the eye into not noticing this imperfection. It works like a charm….
And that’s it! So simple, right??!! And what a statement they make! And best of all, you didn’t have to hire it done! You did it!!
Until next time,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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