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A Guide To DIY Shiplap Ceiling

Calling all DIYers, if you’re looking for your next home improvement project – just look up! While floors get constant attention, ceilings can often get overlooked for a makeover. A shiplap ceiling is a way to instantly brighten any room with a beautifully finished and polished look by installing shiplap planks directly to your ceiling. A shiplap ceiling is a perfect way to bring charming architectural dimension to a room, often leaving a room with an inviting farmhouse style.

A shiplap ceiling will make most rooms feel larger with a finish that looks high-end. Instantly add interest to any room in your home with this surprisingly easy installation process!

The Supplies:

  • Shiplap planks
  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Stud finder
  • Ladder
  • Hole cutter
  • Caulk
  • Spackling
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding block
  • Paint
  • Paint tray and roller

The Steps:

  1. Remove everything from your ceiling, this includes lights, vents, chandeliers, fans, and anything else attached to your ceiling.
  2. Locate the ceiling joists. Find your ceiling joists with your stud finder and mark them before you begin.
  3. Measure and cut shiplap planks to the length of the ceiling. 
  4. Attach shiplap planks. As you begin nailing, make sure you are holding your nail gun at a 45-degree angle. This will prevent the planks from shifting against the other boards and straining the enforcements above.
  5. Cut around ceiling attachments. To cut the shiplap around light fixtures and air vents, use a hole cutter for the circular cuts and a multi-tool for the straight cuts.
  6. Tidy up with caulk and spackle. Fill nail holes with spackling and apply caulk along the edges of the ceiling for a clean and finished look.
  7. Paint or stain shiplap planks your desired color or stain.

Don’t let your ceilings go overlooked another day! This DIY shiplap ceiling project will give your ceilings the attention they deserve. You can find shiplap planks for your next DIY project at your local Lowe’s.