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Shiplap Walls

Have you seen the shiplap trend everywhere you look?

Oh, I've seen it and  I'm loving it!
Living Room contemporary living room
I've been thinking about what wall in my house could accommodate this craving I have. For me one wall would do the trick, a whole room would be way too much.

As I was working in the laundry room it just came to my mind, hey! this would be the perfect place. :)  Small, lots of traffic to admire it, and just one small wall.
This is the Wall.  The door on the left is the one to go to the garage.

Of course, I wanted to go the cheap way. ;) That's why I used a sheet of MDF wall panel. It gives the appearance of natural wood paneling. Each sheet is 32sq.ft. or 4'x8'.  It is very thin and good to use on top of the existing wall. It is pre-finished and not recommended for ceilings.  I bought it at Home Depot where I asked them to cut it into the small pieces I needed.
Lily Mist MDF wall panel
The baseboard wasn't removed, I simply removed excess caulk on top of it.

Using the Jigsaw, the opening for the outlet was cut.

The studs were located to nail the board in place. I did not use glue, the way I am, I will be changing this look in 5 years and I don't want to be ripping off the walls.

The final piece to be installed... As usual, giving me trouble  :/ Ceilings and walls aren't straight!

Some sanding did the work ;)

Now, some corner molding to finish it up.

All done!

This material isn't supposed to be painted or stained, but I didn't like the wood tone it had, I still had some leftover primer from painting the kitchen cabinets and that's what I used:

Plus two coats of paint...

Here it is :)
The picture doesn't show it that well,
but it makes a difference!

Some related links you might want to check:

Laundry Room Final Reveal
DIY a small Laundry shelf
Laundry Room New Brighter Look


  1. How fun!! I have an old house with grooved knotty pine walls through out and I absolutely love them! :) Great job!!

  2. Great project! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. Looks great! It's funny how paneling is coming back and we just ripped ours down in the family room 2 years ago!

  4. What a great idea - love that you didn't glue it so when you get tired of it you can easily remove it. And you sure know your way around power tools girl!

  5. Cristina- I love it. It looks really nice and it is not overwhelming at all. I think it is just perfect in that particular spot. Happy Tuesday- xo Diana

  6. Great job Cristina! I love the direction of the panels and I'm sure it adds just the right touch of charm to the space! :-)

  7. I am loving the look of the horizontal boards...yours came out so great!

  8. Looks great! Adds so much interest! I'm following you : )

  9. Love this! I never really thought to put that on sideways, instead of lengthwise, but I LOVE it!

    Great project!
    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


  10. Wall paneling provides a luxurious look to your home walls. I really like wall paneling. Andrew Johnson

  11. How are you liking this product? I am concerned about buckling and need to make an informed decision before our purchase. Thanks!

  12. Hi Tinydesignstudio, It's been almost three years since I installed this product and it's still holding strong. I didn't use glue since it was a small wall, anyways there is no sagging or buckling at all. The paint job is also holding nicely, just a very minor scratches from things we hang on the shelf. The grooves are very small, sometimes is very hard to notice them! I hope this can be of help with your decision. If I'm to install full sheets, I'll use glue.

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