Faux Shiplap: DIY Sharpie Shiplap and Painted Shiplap Tutorial

Before Joanna Gaines made shiplap a household name, I was in love with the trend. Seabrook is one of my favorite beach towns in Washington mostly because the homes and community are so charming. I think visiting Seabrook for the first time is when I saw shiplap used on walls in person. I loved the coastal vibe that it gives and the clean white lines make me swoon. I've been trying to convince my husband for years to put it up {it took me 15 years to get the board and batten installed that I had begged for} and I can't seem to be making any headway. His response is always, "why would you want to nail a bunch of boards to the wall?" Well, my friends, I think I may have stumbled upon the most genius solutions for you. I've got two different faux shiplap options. Yep, no wood boards, just paint or marker made to look like shiplap. You get the farmhouse or coastal look without the commitment that comes with nailing boards to your wall. Are you ready to see how you can create Sharpie shiplap or painted shiplap in your own home?

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Painted Shiplap

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This genius idea was shared with me by Fixer Upper fan Kendal Privett. I had never thought of using paint to create faux shiplap, but she did it and it looks amazing! I honestly can't believe the before and after and how much lighter the whole space looks now. Kendal shared with me how she did it and now I'm sharing the tutorial with you too, so you can create the same look without the shiplap commitment.


Start by painting your wall white. Benjamin Moore alabaster or white dove are great white paints to use for shiplap looking walls {or for shiplap itself if you go that route}. Measure down from the top every six inches using a pencil. Use a yard stick and a level to keep your line straight. 

After your lines are drawn use painters tape {this is my favorite} above and below the pencil marks going completely across the wall leaving a gap about the thickness of a nickel. You don't need to be precise.

After you've put the tape above and below the pencil marks, paint the small gap the same color as the wall. This is an important step if you want clean crisp lines. You can see from the picture below, the top is a picture of the line without the white paint and the marker over top and the bottom picture has a layer of white paint and then the black paint. See how much straighter it is?


Once your paint is dry, lightly go over the top with black paint. Nothing fancy. The bottle will cost you about a buck. Let the black paint dry a bit and then pull the tape off of the wall while it's still slightly wet. Be careful not to get the black paint from the tape on the wall.


Let your wall dry completely. You can now hang hooks and make the wall your own.


Doesn't it look great? It's hard to tell that it's not really shiplap.

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Because I love a good before and after, here's another image of the space side by side.


Sharpie Shiplap

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Who knew that you could use Sharpie and create a shiplap wall. Plus it has a pretty awesome sounding name...Sharpie Shiplap. Say that 5 times fast! Niki Petska created this wall when her husband had similar objections as my own husband. Here's a before and after of Niki's dining room.


Simply follow the same steps as above starting by painting the wall white. Start at the top of the wall and measure down every six inches. Use a pencil, a yard stick and a level to draw lines across your wall. Niki had a longer wall and decided to make a few vertical lines down too. Most shiplap boards are eight feet long so measure out eight feet and then draw a vertical line on every other row. From that line, measure four feet and make a line on the "board" above it.


Take an oil-based paint marker like this Sharpie and your yard stick and draw a line over your pencil line.


If you make any mistakes, simply paint over it with your white paint and start again. It's as easy as that! You can transform any space and give it the shiplap look you want without nailing boards on your wall. It's perfect for any of you that have commitment issues or if you just want to give the shiplap look a try.

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By using a few boards and the same marker or paint technique you can create faux shiplap just about anywhere. Thank you Kendal and Niki for sharing these amazing transformations with us. 
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I would have never thought about using a paint line or a Sharpie marker to create faux shiplap but as you can see, the results are pretty amazing. Best part is, you don't have the same cost or commitment as you would if you were installing the real thing and it will cost you just a few bucks! Will you give it a try?

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6 comments

doodletllc@yahoo.com said...

WOw...you had me at Sharpie...love it!

Rachel Teodoro said...

Isn't it fabulous! Who would have ever thought! I think it's an amazing knock off version and it's CHEAP!

hannah crabtree said...

Looks great! I'm seriously thinking about trying this in our kitchen. I have a question though, something my hubby asked me and so I want to ask here (please pardon me if this is too blunt)...but here goes, does the fact that it's drawn (or painted) on make the wall look fake or cheap? I mean it IS fake and I am cheap, but I don't want my house to look fake and cheap, if you know what I mean. LOL. Meaning no disrespect, just an honest question... Thanks for sharing this cool option, REAL shiplap is just too much for us.

Rachel Teodoro said...

Hey Hannah! Thanks for being so respectful in your comment. I totally get what you are saying. Both methods, aside from the white paint, cost about $5 and took less than a few hours. I bet you could tackle a small area and give it a test run to see what you think before you did a huge space. Give it a try, what's the worse thing that happens? You may just have to paint it over...

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Sandy Morlan said...

Rachel, this is so amazing and helpful! We'll be selling our home and moving into an apartment. I love the look of shiplap, BUT you cannot hammer boards onto an apartment wall. Your article is inspirational and lifted my spirits! I'll be able to have the look of shiplap without the cost of materials or heavy labor. I'm thinking of using a dark gray for the dividing lines, for a softer look. Keep inspiring us. Thanks so much! ~ Sandy

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