Written by Jaymi Naciri

Shiplap is having a moment thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper. But you don’t have to live in Waco, TX or other parts of the south where shiplap was used in the construction of many older homes to add his bit of character to your home. If you want to jump on the shiplap train, here’s how to get it and what to do with It.

“Characterized by long horizontal (or vertical) panels formed by overlapping ‘rabbets’ (grooved boards), weathertight shiplap has long been popular in areas with harsh climates,” said Remodelista. “Because of this functionality, and due to the fact that it was often made from relatively inexpensive pine, shiplap has traditionally been associated with less formal structures, such as woodland cabins and coastal cottages.”

But, as architect Sheila Bonnell of FRAMe Architecture + Design showed on Remodelista, shiplap has more versatility than you think and can work in nearly any space and any style of home.

Look how well it pairs with marble counters and open shelving in this kitchen.

Here it sets a unique foundation for eclectic furnishings.

But those who want the look without the expense of real boards also have options. Emily, a DIYer from website Table and Hearth, “researched all kinds of materials that you can use to achieve a plank wall; real wood planks themselves, reclaimed wood, or ripped-down panels of hardboards or plywood. I wanted the classic wood look, in wide planks, but couldn’t afford ones that were already cut. Plus, I REALLY didn’t want to have to remove and reinstall our baseboards so I needed something that was 1/4″ thick or less.”

Here’s how plywood shiplap looks in another room using 6″ boards.

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You can also get a great look using shiplap without covering an entire wall. This shiplap treatment clads a fireplace using untreated cedar fence boards that have been cut and washed prior to installation and then stained in walnut.

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Take the focus up to the ceiling. Whether you’re using authentic shiplap, new or reclaimed boards, or plywood, a planked ceiling treatment creates interest in an unexpected place. “Rough-hewn pine boards overhead draw the eye up to the vaulted ceiling in this bedroom designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines,” said HGTV.

Why should the inside of your home have all the fun? The shiplap look can bring interest and distinction to your exterior as well.

Go au natural,
use a rich stain,


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or combine it with other materials for a truly unique look.