Your Guide on How to Easily Install Horizontal Shiplap

One Room Challenge Week 2

Ready for an easy horizontal shiplap install?! The Spring 2020 One Room Challenge is finally happening! So glad you joined us! If you’re unfamiliar with this event then you’re in for a treat. Each Spring and Fall, 20 Featured Designers are selected by Linda Weinstein and the ORC team for a 6-week challenge where they each take us along on their journey to an incredible room transformation! Feeling inspired? Guest Participants, like yours truly, with a blog or Instagram account can register and join in on the action. This year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge includes an additional 2 weeks of work time which is so helpful for newbies like me and Hubby!

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You guys, I learned so much about myself this past week that it’s kinda scary! I knew that order and organization were important to me. But, I had no idea how vital they were to my everyday life until we started working on this shiplap install. I may or may not have had a panic attack … once or twice. After I calmed myself and was able to think rationally, I understood that a bit of chaos was needed to create beauty!

So What Kind of Shiplap to Buy?

For this easy horizontal shiplap install, we purchased 6″ x 8′ primed MDF shiplap siding. This particular shiplap is self spacing and removes the hassle of having to manually space each individual piece, significantly reducing our install time. The added benefit of this shiplap already being primed should also make painting easier.

Easy Horizontal Shiplap Install

Our first step in this easy horizontal shiplap install is creating vertical markings along our wall. These lines indicate the location of the studs. It’s very important to identify your studs if you want to properly secure your shiplap. We also chose a horizontal layout because it’s a simpler process and doesn’t require any additional wall structure install. In choosing these options we were able to really maximize our work time!

We highly recommend using a brad nailer for fast and easy shiplap install. We filled all holes and spaces using dry dex spackling paste. What we love about this product is it goes on pink and changes to white when completely dry. We then sanded it to a smooth finish.

The horizontal, white shiplap definitely lends more to a farmhouse style. But I’m confident that once we paint the walls and style our bedroom, this space will have that cozy modern vibe we’re going for!

We selected a super minimal window trim that will not only border both windows but also the rest of the wall. I believe this will allow for a cleaner look, while also keeping the focus on the horizontal shiplap. Be sure to check out our loft alcove and stairs nook shiplap installs.

This Week’s Agenda

With the shiplap install complete, it’s time to select a paint color! I have 2 contenders in mind but you’ll just have to wait until next week to find out what we chose! We will also be building, staining, and mounting our photo ledge! We even decided to add one more LITTLE project to our growing list, so come back next week to check out more progress!

It’s such a good feeling to check projects off our list! Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on our personal journey in this event. You’ll definitely want to follow along and see what the Featured Designers and other Guest Participants are working on too! Anyone else participating in the ORC? Comment below to let me know so I can show my support and celebrate your transformations!

Aminah Chung


7 Replies to “Your Guide on How to Easily Install Horizontal Shiplap”

  1. Caitlin @CaitlinMarieDesign

    The shiplap looks so good Aminah! I would love to try installing some one day. Can’t wait to see your room transform!

  2. Your shiplap is looking great; I am excited to see it dark! I am fan of dark colors on walls 🙂

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