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Faux Shiplap Ideas and Tutorials for All DIY Skill Levels

If you want the look of shiplap, while sticking to a budget or avoiding heavy lifting or power tools, I’ve got some great “faux shiplap” DIY alternatives for you. Check out these 8 DIY shiplap tutorials.

Thanks to Chip & Jo and Fixer Upper,  shiplap  is more popular than ever. We love the character shiplap adds to a home, and adding this simple detail really helps our flip homes sell quickly and stand out from the pack. I’ve even written full blog posts on where to buy “real” shiplap and putting up shiplap in Mouse House, shiplap in our new kitchen, and my favorite white paint colors for shiplap.

Shoot, I even designed a shiplap tshirt available for sale on Etsy 🙂

But today, we are headed in the opposite direction. We’re talking all about faux shiplap. See, real shiplap, while gorgeous, may not work for everyone. Whether you are a home owner looking for a quick change, or a renter working within the parameters of a lease agreement, real shiplap boards may not fit into your design plan. But don’t worry.  I’ve got you covered with 8 pretty ingenious alternatives.

Faux Shiplap Options for All DIY Skill Levels

Here are 8 DIY faux shiplap options, listed in order from difficult to easiest.

*click the link below each image to be directed to the original tutorial and image source**

1 – Plywood Strips

source: Plywood Shiplap Walls from Little Red Brick House

2 – Full Plywood Panel

source: DIY Shiplap Wall Panel from Her Tool Belt

3 – V-Groove Wood Planks

source: DIY Faux Shiplap Wall from Bless’er House

4 – Peel-and-Stick Wood Flooring

source: Faux Shiplap Backsplash from All Things With Purpose

5 – Wood and Command Strips

source: How to DIY a Planked Wall with No Nails from Fox Hollow Cottage

6 – Wall Mural

source: The Easiest Faux Shiplap, Ever from The Red Painted Cottage

7 – Look of Wood Wallpaper

source: Look of Wood Wallpaper from Hymns & Verses

8 – Painted Pinstripe Lines

source: Planked Look Wall from Bower Power Blog

9 – Pen Lines

source: Pencil Shiplap from Neli Design

I hope you enjoyed all of these shiplap alternate options. If you’re looking for even more shiplap tutorials and ideas, then you’ll want to check out these 15 Awesome Shiplap Tutorials.

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If you want the look of shiplap, while sticking to a budget or avoiding heavy lifting or power tools, I've got some great "faux shiplap" DIY alternatives for you. Check out these 8 faux shiplap tutorials.

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