What is shiplap?

Hooked on Houses

Thanks to Fixer Upper, shiplap has become a household word and the new, have to have it building material to recreate the Waco look. It can add texture and visual interest to a plain wall and help create a warm, rustic look.

But what is it exactly, where did it come from, and how can we create the look?

According to Wikipedia, “Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly in the construction of barns, sheds, outbuildings and inexpensive or seasonal homes.”

The key is the rabbets which cause the boards to overlap and create the characteristic shadow line effect.

On the Magnolia website, Joanna Gaines says it’s not hard to recreate the look using tongue and groove paneling. Make sure to use a spacer to create the gap between the boards.

For step by step instructions see this tutorial on Hooked on Houses.


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