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The best shiplap for your buck!

The hardest part about Shiplap is figuring out what materials buy. There is so many different ways you can make a shiplap wall.  I know a lot of people use plywood but the wood is so rough and does not look real in person to me.  Not to mention all the prep work you have to do before you can even get it on the wall. Plus you can't by a 12' piece of plywood. Which means you would have lines connecting your ship lap. It would just make it sloppy I have go the secret for you! This shiplap I found and love by the way is seriously the best. Why you say? Well,....
  1. It's tung and groove which means each board fit together kind of like a puzzle piece.  No need to space it out yourself.  
  2. It comes already primed and ready to hang on your wall. You just have to cut the end to fit your wall space.
  3. It comes in 8' or 12' lengths
  4. Its sold and both Home Depot and Lowes (we bought ours at Home Depot) 
  5. Best part is it's super affordable! 

We currently have 3 out of 4 real shiplap walls.  The wall above our fireplace we use raw MDF sheets. It turned out nice (its smooth not rough)but there was so much work leading up to the finished product. In my opinion it wasn't worth the few extra dollars we saved. 

If your wall is 12' or less (most are) You can use this shiplap and have no connecting lines! To me this is kinda big deal.  Here are the board links to Home Depot's website so you can check them out yourself. You can buy them online and pick up in store. This option is so nice because you don't have to load them to a cart and they will put them in your vehicle for you. Don't have a big enough vehicle? They will deliver to your house but with a fee.  

Let's talk cost. First you need to figure out the size of your wall. Here are some examples of my walls I shiplapped and the cost break down. 

The cost of the 12' board is $8.76 each
The cost of the 8' board is $5.84

Bathroom - $131.40 needed 15 - 12' boards
Hallway -  $148.92 needed 17 - 12' boards
Dining room - $87.60 needed 15 - 8' boards

In order to figure out your math and how many boards you need just measure the height of your wall and divide that by 6. Each board is 6" tall. 

My bathroom is 90" tall so I would divide that by 6. 90x6=15.  I would need 15 boards. 

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

In the picture above I purposely did not paint the lines grey. I loved the look with the lines still showing.  If you do plan on painting your shiplap a different color other then white you need to paint the grooves before you hang them.  Will make the process so much easier! 


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