What You Need To Buy From Home Depot To Install Shiplap

Designing your first home or remodeling your space can be a lot of fun when you know exactly how you want it to look in the end. You get to pick out paint colors, furniture pieces, flooring options, and more. Additionally, people often go the simple route in painting their walls, but those who love a farmhouse-style home enjoy shiplap throughout their space. Shiplap is essentially comprised of horizontal boards separated about an inch from each other along a wall, according to The Finished Space. The outlet adds that shiplap got its name from a Viking ship found 1,700 years ago in which they used boards horizontally around the perimeter to keep water out.

Shiplap can also be placed vertically to make a room look taller, but if you want the space to look larger go with the horizontal approach. And, the material is easy to install without a professional's help; all you need to do is follow a step-by-step guide that tells you how to properly do so. To that end, Home Depot has a guide you can follow – here are the tools you'll need to get started.

The tools for the job

When you're preparing the wall for shiplap installation, a fresh coat of paint is definitely needed if you haven't painted your wall in a while so that you can treat any stains, or you simply need a new start. You can buy paint at Home Depot or another home improvement store; pick out a bold color or buy a traditional white color for both the wall and shiplap.

Before you put the shiplap in you'll need to map out exactly where you'll nail the it to the wall. For that, you will need to buy a measuring tape, stud finder, large level, nail gun, and chalk. Restore Decor & More claims it's easier to find the studs first to directly nail the boards into. The guideline you draw with the chalk will make it easier to install the shiplap. You'll also want to buy some baseboards that match the shiplap to tie the whole look together, according to Semigloss Design. The width of the shiplap will determine the width of your baseboard so that they're even.