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Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

by | Jul 15, 2016 | Decorating Inspiration, My Dining Room, My Seattle House

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Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

We have had a whirlwind of activity around our house lately! We are working on lots of house projects this summer and I’m LOVING how it is feeling around here. I definitely have to say it is feeling so much more like home. I think I say that with every small update we make, but this time it REALLY feels more like home because of my new planked wall.

You’ll remember years ago when we added planked walls to our old house…well, I missed them. They add the character I love. I’ve had shiplap or painted paneling in every home I’ve lived in as a kid and a grownup, so it’s a look I feel at home with.

Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

While I plan to add more planking in this house over time, we started with just one wall in the dining room. Since I had a contractor in my house to paint my wall, I realized rather than having him take the time to patch and fill in the doorbell section, might as well just cover it with charming shiplap planks instead! :)

Shiplap Wall in the Dining RoomRemember what this area looked like before we moved in, above?

Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

It is amazing what an impact the shiplap wall has had on the room and in the vibe of the house. The white will be a perfect backdrop for warm textures and the colorful accessories I love. I think the white feels so fresh and clean with the big windows and natural light. It feels really refreshing as we walk through the house, making a stop in my plum bedroom and two other non-white painted rooms I have yet to show you (in case you’re wondering what our color scheme will be).

We installed a different type of shiplap this time. Because our old house was actually a new house :) we used thick tongue and groove planks to add a lot more texture which I really loved. But since our new house is actually an old house, we decided to make it look a little bit imperfect, like an original “old time” planked wall. It’s definitely subtle, but it feels like it fits right in naturally so we really like the effect in the house.

Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room
For this wall we used shorter and a few random length planks (they do not have a groove) and staggered them for an older look (at least in our minds it feels older). We also let the paint seep in between the grooves a bit for a more “imperfect” painted over time vibe. For our planks we used baseboard trim molding from Home Depot and it worked great! Our contractor used a nail gun and glue to install them for us.

We are so happy with how the wall turned out and what a difference it has made already in our dining room. I can’t wait for our statement dining light to be installed next! While I still plan to create an archway to the kitchen for added character, it was fun to take a first step towards more architectural character with this planked wall. It really added a lot to the room.

Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

I’ll share more of our dining room updates as we install our new light and a few other updates we’ll be making over the next couple of months in this room. Plus you might have noticed we got our new chairs and window shades installed so I have lots more to show you in an upcoming post! Lots going on around here, like I said :).

Shiplap Wall in the Dining Room

UPDATE: See my post, Shiplap Walls (What to Use and FAQ)

***Room Sources >>


Bamboo shades (you’ll get the best discount available with my link)


Glass cabinet

Stool – HomeGoods

Rattan shelf – thrifted

Brass horses – thrifted

Teal pot – Ross



  1. Karen on Bainbridge Island

    Melissa, is the trim MDF or wood? I sure like the look. We’ve been toying with the idea of doing something similar in our dining room. I think I am inspired.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      It’s MDF. :) Our old walls were pine. Once you paint it you really don’t think about it, so I think it’s a great way to do planking for less.

  2. Renee

    Does he doorbell still work?

  3. Deanna Rabe

    I love it! We are doing the stairwell to the basement in tongue and groove that was given to us! I am toying with doing the upper wall too, to make a statement wall behind the stairwell. I can’t wait to get that project started!

  4. Teresa

    Awww, sweet Jack!…and Lilly too! They add to the beauty of the room! :-)

  5. Diane

    I think I might like ship lap of some kind in my kitchen. We have a long 12 foot wall with no character.

  6. Sandra@lookingforpotential

    I love the look of shiplap in rooms, yours looks so pretty. Would you do it in a powder room or have you?

  7. Melissa

    The wall looks very nice. I have been thinking about doing shiplap on one wall in our breakfast nook. Can you give us a ballpark estimate of the cost for your one wall? Thanks for sharing your home-making journey!

  8. Cat

    It looks amazing! Love love love. I bet it feels so good to have it all done:) if I may ask, what is the width of your boards?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I believe they are 5 inch. PS I just did a brand new post with more specifics!

  9. crystal

    Beautiful space. Where did you get that beautiful blue/white plant stand?

  10. Kathleen DeBlasi

    I love your blue swirl lamps on the sideboard. I am sure you already posted the source, but I must have missed it.
    Thank you

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you Kathleen! The blue swirl lamps are from Wayfair! There is a link within the post near the end but you can also go to and you’ll find a photo of the lamp that links right to it! Thanks!

  11. Jenny

    OMG, this looks SOOOOoooooo GOOD!!!! You’re absolutely right, the planks add SO much interest and character to your room! LOVE it!

  12. Cathy

    Your shiplap wall looks beautiful! Thank you for the tip on using baseboard trim molding, as we’re considering doing some shiplap.

  13. Carolyn Joerg

    Awesome!! I love following your progress and look forward to all of your room reveals! Could you share the size of the trim molding you used? Thank you so much for sharing :)

  14. Jackie

    Beautiful Melissa! I love your lamps, and found them at Wayfair. They offered them in navy and blue. Which color do you have? It looks like the shade I’m looking for. Thank you!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Jackie! Sorry for my delay in responding :) We have these lamps in the navy (shown in this dining room post) but we also had the lighter blue in our old office! We love them!

  15. beck campbell

    I debated whether to do shiplap or board and batten in my entry way when I redid it…I ended up doing the board and batten but now…hum…kind of liking this look! Beautiful!

  16. Maggie. @magsjag

    Gorgeous!!! You go girl!!

  17. Sandy @ Shady Meadow Cottage

    Your wall looks great! I’m thinking about adding shiplap to a wall in my bathroom. I never thought of using baseboard trim molding.


    Melissa, it is all looking so great and it is so YOU, that is what I love about they way you decorate, you always stay true to who you are and add a twist now and then. Keep up the good work, your hard work is paying off beautifully,

  19. Jo Jo

    I love your ship lap planked wall! Also love that used base board molding MDF product! Smart thinking, great look for less! So excited to see your whole dining room with all the updates! Can’t wait! ❤️?

  20. Judy

    How did you finish the edges by the door? Can you posts pic from that angle? I would love to do this on the wall in my kitchen. Love your dining room wall! It’s inspiring!

  21. Linda

    That wall looks great! I love the sideboard, the dishes, the mirror, the accessories… Although I am not a fan of white walls, all the white on the items on and against the wall provide a really “clean” look. Nice job!

  22. Joanne Taggart

    The shiplap wall is beautiful! And the white color definitely will go well with your textural details. And of course, let’s not forget the furry family members. They’re adorable!

  23. Terri

    I would love to try shiplap on a half wall in our kitchen, but it has an outer edge that faces the hallway. I notice you have a similar wall, but can’t find a detailed photo to see how you finished it. Does it need 1/4 round or a vertical plank at the edge?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      We have a semi-rounded edge piece on ours, it’s subtle and does the job! I will try to do another post with a few more details that might help, as several people have had questions like yours! Thanks!

      • Kristen

        Yes, this was also a concern I had with the wall I wanted to plank in our living room. I wasn’t sure how to finish off an open edge that is visible.. Your dining room looks great!

  24. Suzanne

    It looks awesome! How did you finish the corner? Did you use a finishing trim to conceal the edges of the boards, or just sand them a bit, paint, and leave them exposed?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thanks! I’ll do another post to show the edge as several people have had the same question, but it has a small corner piece that finished the edge. :)

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