DIY Shiplap Fireplace (On A Budget)

Shiplap walls are one of my favorite ways to give the house a farmhouse feel. I knew I wanted to add shiplap to our fireplace whenever we were building our house. I started researching the cost of this project and found faux shiplap to be the way to go, since we are trying to cut cost as much as possible.

In this post I am going to cover:

  • The supply list
  • The process of putting it up on the walls
    Total cost of this project.

Supply list:

  • 1/4 inch plywood cut down to 8in strips
  • Trim for edges
  • Finishing nails
  • White paint

How to DIY:


The first thing to do is find the studs in the wall, that way it is quick and easy to nail the boards to the wall. Since we already had sheetrock on the wall we had to find the studs.

Step 2:

We used finishing nails to nail the boards to the wall. We started at the bottom then worked up from there. After we nailed the first board, we used nickels to space the boards evenly throughout the wall. We also used a level to make sure the boards were level before nailing them to the wall.

Step 3:

Once the shiplap was on the wall, then we added trim to the edges. This gives it a clean seamless look.

Step 4:

We went back and caulked and used painters putty to cover up the nail holes. If you want a clean look, then this is something you would want to do. If you want to add a more rustic look to the walls, then I would skip this step.

Step 5:

Paint the ship lap. We painted the fireplace after we finished the wall. To me it is easier to paint after the boards are on the wall, but that’s just my preference.


Fireplace: $75

This project adds a ton of character to any room. Also doing faux shiplap cuts cost down but still has the same look as real shiplap.

Follow along on our building journey on my instagram account huntfarmhouse.


8 thoughts on “DIY Shiplap Fireplace (On A Budget)

  1. Do you use the fireplace? Curious how it has held up being a wood burning fireplace. Fire code requires 6” from the opening not covered by wood.


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