When our kiddos were little bitty we would sit them in down on their birthday and put all of their wrapped presents in front of them.  Some children make a bee-line for the present nearest them and some sit and try to decide which one to open first.

I was the child that went for the biggest and shiniest present with the largest bow.

Go for the gusto.

That is how I am feeling about sharing with you regarding our Master Bedroom makeover.  We have been working like mad people on this room and the bathroom that adjoins it and I want to show you my favorite part first.

MM Ship Lap label

But I’ve decided that the time has come to talk to you about my favorite part of the whole room!!

Adding ship lap was an easy way to add a little bit of farmhouse to our ‘new’ house. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and was a little intimidated to tackle the job.  Just so you know, we are not big wood-workers.  We have several tools, but our skill level is moderate.  So, if I can do it, you can too.

So here’s how I got this fabulous ship lap wall:

Step one: make 436 runs to Lowes to get all of your supplies.

You know it’s true.

I measured my wall and did a little math to figure out how many boards we would need to cover this wall.  I chose tongue and groove #2 pine boards.  This gave us lots of (ahem) texture to our wall.

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Step two: Mark your vertical edge (If you aren’t running your boards to the corners) and mark your studs. You’ll need to nail the boards to the wall on the stud if you want these suckers to stay put.

Step Three: Cut your boards to the correct length.  We didn’t have to do this step because we got 8ft boards which was the perfect length for the space between our windows.

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Step Four: Using a nail gun, put the first board up and make sure it is level. Use your safety goggles because you can’t come crying to me if you shoot your eye out…

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Step five:  Put the rest of the boards up.

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Step six: Love your wall.  With all of your heart.

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Step 7: We then primed and painted the boards.  Boom.  Done.

Seriously this was one of the easiest (and my most favorite) project to date.  I think from the time we started putting the boards up to when we were finished was MAYBE an hour. MAYBE.

I keep finding other walls that need a little love.  Mr. Creativity is somewhere rolling his eyes right now…

Well, what do you think?  Do you have a wall that needs a little ship lap love? I want to hear from you!


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23 Responses to Master Bedroom Makeover { Ship Lap Wall }

  1. Scott says:

    That looks great Holly – nice work.

  2. Jill says:


  3. mary scott says:

    I love it!

  4. Miss Kitty says:

    Hi Holly! Wow! This is a great project that you and your husband did. I am not a woodworker either…I love looking at your work but don’t know if I could attempt that wall. I have been watching “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and they work on a lot of older homes in the Waco, Texas area that have old shiplap in them. They try to save some of it to show character in the homes. I remember that phrase “Go For The Gusto” from old Budweiser commercials in the 1970’s. Your master bedroom is just beautiful!

  5. Oh my goodness Holly, you are one funny gal, I’m so excited to hear it’s easy because I’m planning to have my stuff do this to a wall in our guest bedroom. So, quick question (because I have no clue) – did you buy sheets of pine and it already had the grooves?? Is that what #2 pine is?? It looks amazing, thank you for showing…and congrats on the ‘re-tweet from JoJo!

  6. Barbara Trinh says:

    Love it!!!

  7. Roxanne says:

    I absolutely love this, I’ve been obsessed with shiplap forever. I can’t believe it was so easy (aside from all those trips to Lowe’s, lol).

  8. I love me a planked wall!! (ship lap wall, that is!). It looks amazing behind your bed!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Work it Wednesday – featuring you this week1!
    ~Krista from the happy housie

  9. Raewyn says:

    That seems like such an easy way to dress up your wall!! Thank you for linking up with us for Pinworthy Wednesday!

  10. I love the look of ship lap. This turned out great =)

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  13. Oh, how beautiful! Love it! (And I love step 6 LOL) Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

  14. adam says:

    How do you go about ensuring the shiplap is installed to look modern?

    • hollymcc says:

      Hey Adam,
      For a more modern look you could stain it with a dark stain (kona is a good choice) or even paint it a dark contrasting color for your room. I would love to hear from you if you try it out!

  15. Gaby Sappenfield says:

    Amazing– I wish I could ship you to my house and help me! Can you please tell me you wall color and what type of primer? I know pine knots can bleed through. Thank you and keep posting

    • hollymcc says:

      Awww, I would love to help out…but I’d have to bring my air compressor and saw and paint supplies and and and… YOU CAN DO THIS! I used the water-based Kilz primer and then my color was Sherwin Williams Shoji White. Gook luck and let me know how it goes!

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