Faux Shiplap On The Fireplace Wall

Hello my darlings!  I am so pumped to share our newest DIY project; faux shiplap on my fireplace wall!


Would you LOVE to add Fixer Upper Farmhouse Style to your home? This faux shiplap wall will can be created in under one weekend for under $100 with items from your local hardware store.


You see, the engineer is off for 2 weeks at the end of every year, and a bored engineer is every wife’s dream.  Or it should be.  Since our 15 year old builder grade house didn’t come with real shiplap, I asked for a cheap planked wall.

And he delivered.  After hours spent drawing up plans, and doing math.  Our minds work so differently, it’s a miracle we get along.  😉  I would have cut strips and started nailing them on the wall willy nilly.    And mistakes and swearing would have happened for sure.

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We decided to use MDF because it’s cheap, lightweight, and easy to paint.  And that was pretty much the extent of my involvement until the painting happened.  🙂

He used pennies to space the boards, but since they aren’t cut perfectly straight the gaps are not even.   At this point I was a little worried about that, but it worked out fine.


plank wall before

When the time came to cut around the fireplace mantel, I thanked God for my engineer’s brain.

To match the detail, he folded up a piece of foil, and “molded” it to the curves of the mantel.

planked wall fireplace cut 1


Then he traced the foil with a sharpie.  (don’t hate him for spelling mantel wrong…)


planked wall mantel cut 2


And cut it with a scroll saw.


planked wall mantel cut 3


A pretty good match if you ask me!


planked wall before


The MDF is attached to the wall in the studs with brad nails and my Ryobi Airstrike, which I love almost as much as my engineer.

Are you ready for some after shots?



planked wall 2


I am seriously so in love with this.  Like, Fixer Upper kind of love.


planked wall and winter mantel 2


I gave the MDF two coats of Behr Ultra paint in Polar Bear, in the eggshell finish.  I didn’t paint in between the boards because I wanted those dark edges to accentuate the planked look.  Plus, it was easier.  😉


planked wall and winter mantel


The winter mantel is quiet and warm, just like I like winter to be.


planked wall and winter mantel 3


I was a little concerned that our creamy colored chest and window would look dirty next to the white, but I like the warmth they add to the white wall, and they tie in the warm color on the adjacent walls.


planked wall 5


The wall set us back about $65, and I think that’s quite a bargain.  The architectural detail it adds to my builder grade house is priceless.  And I totally don’t care if shiplap is unoriginal, or even if it goes out of style next week.  😉

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74 thoughts on “Faux Shiplap On The Fireplace Wall

  1. Love it. really warm. I am in the process of wanting to do this with my backsplash and one wall in the kitchen.. Wish me luck.

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I love my engineer, except when I want something done quick! 😉 I’m sure you get what I’m sayin’. 😉 I am thrilled to be participating in DIY Like A Boss!

    1. Hi Rebecca, thank you so much for visiting! The wicker vases/candle holders came from TJMaxx, and I made the wooden spheres out of embroidery hoops. 🙂

  2. This is gorgeous and I absolutely love it! Just need to get my engineer boyfriend to make me one now 🙂 It is amazing how different they think! Hope you are having a great week!


    1. Thank you so much, Jenny! I think this is my favorite project ever. :). And my husband is pretty proud of himself! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love your faux shiplap! Isn’t it great to have an engineer for a husband? I love how he molded the aluminum foil to create a template for cutting the curves around the mantel. So clever! I’m featuring this project at tonight’s “Best of the Weekend” party.
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    1. thank you Rachel! Could you bribe him with food maybe? 😉 Mine is pretty agreeable, but now he wants to “faux shiplap” everything. 🙂

  4. Kimm! You should be proud of how this turned out! It really does look amazing! I love it! I hope you have a great weekend! If you are interested in joining one more party each week I would be so happy to host you over at Making Broken Beautiful. It runs every Thursday thru Sunday and is a home decor and furniture party. Have a great day!

  5. I love it AND that you did it on a budget too. As far as it being overused – I don’t think we are there yet. I read somewhere once that while we in blog land are seeing certain trends everywhere, that is not the reality in normal everyday homes. This was about the time that bloggers had already gone nuts with the chevron & then had moved on- but for the majority of the population it was still quite popular. They were not inundated with it like we are & therefore they still loved it. I have always believed that us bloggers are the ones setting the trends. We create, we showcase & push these ideas out there. Once the rest of the world jumps on board it’s quite a while before they get over it- fortunately we are always ahead of the game.
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  6. I love the wall Kimm! I am going to have to steal your idea someday, after we build our home. You are so talented!

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