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Kitchen Remodel – Adding a Shiplap Wall

Time is flying, and things are moving along nicely with our kitchen remodel! I wanted to share these cute pics of our 10 year old son, Zach helping his dad put up our new shiplap wall. Craig has lots of experience putting up shiplap and has installed it in the dining room, living room, and foyer (and also all over Mouse House.) When planning the new kitchen design, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a backsplash or not. I’m not much of a backsplash girl and couldn’t find one I fell in love with and was willing to spend $$ on, so shiplap it was!

Follow along with our other reno posts here:  Harper House Reno Starts  | Removing Tile Floors in Kitchen | Kitchen Remodel Weeks 2-3 | Coastal Farmhouse Kitchen Mood Board

Installing a Shiplap Wall

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

Zach did awesome! And it’s always so good to see our kiddos help out with things around the house. 

diy shiplap wall, farmhouse kitchen backsplash

And here’s a pic of our new shiplap wall all finished and painted BM White Dove. I can’t decide what color to paint the patio door and window grills. What do you guys think? Black? or a warm light gray? With all the white, I think we need some contrast. I’m not liking the wood look and we’ll be replacing the windows as soon as it warms up a bit (the seals were failing and dripping brown goo down the sides – not a pretty look!) 

kitchen remodel - install cabinets

And here’s the guys putting in our first cabinet! So exciting (that pantry cabinet was a monster and super heavy!) We went with Medallion cabinets from Menards in the Hawthorne doorstyle (which is a classic shaker style). The perimeter cabinets will be white (white icing) and the island will be a soft taupe gray (chai latte). I’ll be back soon with more details! 

Check out my other posts about shiplap:

My favorite white paint colors for shiplap

where to buy REAL shiplap

15 awesome shiplap tutorials

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  1. We built a laundry room and are putting up shiplap on most of the walls. My question is what is best: shiplap whole wall then install upper cabinets on top of shiplap or install cabinets first then add shiplap up to side of cabinets? I canโ€™t seem to find this addressed anywhere. Thanks for your help, Monique

      1. Hi Paige – If you are starting from scratch (have a blank wall with nothing on it,) I would shiplap the entire wall first and then put your cabinets on top of the shiplap. This makes for a much quicker and easier install because you won’t have to make lots of cuts to fit your shiplap around the cabinets. However, if you have a room where the cabs are already installed then it’s perfectly fine to just install the shiplap around the cabinets (this is all just my own opinion and personal preference – do whatever works best for you!)

  2. Hi!
    Just a quick question
    Did you prime your shiplap prior to painting with white dove? They were Pune boards Iโ€™m guessing


    1. Hello! Yes to both – we did prime the shiplap with a BIN shellac based primer (to cover the knots) and it was pine shiplap boards. Hope this helps!

  3. We just renovated our kitchen and are trying to decide on a backsplash. I really want Shiplap but have been told itโ€™s not the easiest to clean and dust collects in the grooves. What has been your experience?

    1. I’ve had our backsplash for 2 years now (I think?) and haven’t had any issues whatsoever with dust or inability to wipe up spills. We did use a satin finish paint which is much easier to wipe than a flat finish, so if you do use shiplap I’d make sure to use a satin or semi-gloss finish paint. And I’m a firm believer in doing what YOU want and using materials you LOVE and not letting the so called “experts” tell you it’s a bad idea. Those experts aren’t the ones living in your house and looking at your backsplash every day. If you want shiplap – GO FOR IT! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. How have your cabinets held up? We are trying to decide on cabinets and I keep looking at Menards Medallion cabinets. We have quotes for Medallions higher level cabinets but Menards are much cheaper!

    1. Definitely! We have used Menards cabinets in at least 3 of our own homes (and countless other rehab properties) and we are VERY satisfied with them. You really cannot get a better product for those prices, imo. Would I love custom cabinets with inset doors and all the bells and whistles – sure, but I’m not going to spend the extra $20-$30k it would cost! Why spend so much more money on custom when you can get a very similar look for half the price? That’s my thinking, anyway! Good luck with your project! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This turned out so well! Did your lumberyard put the full nickle gap in (assuming it’s nickle) or is your husband having to add a little gap spacing with the putty knife? Thanks!

    1. Hi Erin! I think he just eye-balled the spacing honestly ๐Ÿ™‚ but you can definitely use a putty knife or even pennies/nickels to keep everything even.

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