No, you don’t need to do anything to the drywall. In fact you could even forego the drywall and just do the shiplap directly. Since this is a bathroom be wary of the moisture and how it affects wood. I’d seal/paint the shiplap.

Do you drywall before shiplap?

If don’t already have drywall installed, you do not need it as a base for affixing shiplap. You can install shiplap directly to your studs to save on time, money, and mess.

Can you install shiplap directly to drywall?

Good news—you don’t have to! You can install shiplap right over the drywall. However—and this part is crucial—you must first take the time to find all the studs within your walls and mark them carefully before you place a single board.

Do I need to mud and tape drywall?

Taping and mudding is the process that joins pieces of drywall into a single solid wall. Drywall tape and coats of drywall compound are applied to reinforce joints and conceal screws and nails. When taping and mudding are done correctly, the wall is flat and smooth and the seams underneath are hard to see.

How do you install shiplap walls over drywall?

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Quote from Youtube video: So it just fits right over top of this little groove here I have three tips for you before you start this project. I started by taking my 1 by 2 and marking. Where all the studs were alone.

Should you glue shiplap to drywall?

Shiplap planks can be fastened to walls either vertically or horizontally. Simply nail through the drywall directly into wall studs. You can use construction adhesive when installing on ceilings or over other surfaces, as long as they’re in good condition.

How do you secure a shiplap to the wall?

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Quote from Youtube video: Be sure to stagger the cut ends from row to row. Cut the boards to fit at the beginning or end of a row if necessary.

Should I start shiplap from top or bottom?


The first key to installing shiplap is to always, always, always start at the bottom of your wall! This little piece of advice is actually good for two very important reasons. First, by starting at the bottom, it allows gravity to be a helpful aid as you work your way up the walls.

How do you hide seams in shiplap?

How To Caulk Seams On Shiplap

  1. Once you have installed your shiplap, run a bead of acrylic caulk (also known as latex caulk) along the seams where the shiplap ends butt up to a wall, inside corner or molding.
  2. Smooth out the caulk with a clean finger or rag so that the caulk fits neatly into the seam.

Do you caulk shiplap seams?

The edges of the shiplap wall need to be caulked (with paintable caulk) wherever there is molding and then they need to be “cut in” with the paint brush. For my wall, we caulked the gaps along the inside wall corners (where we installed quarter round molding), the floor molding, and the top crown molding.

Will Liquid nail hold shiplap?

2. Shiplap can be installed directly to sheet rock/drywall. Simply mark the stud locations for nailing the shiplap or you can apply a construction adhesive such as liquid nails.

Is it better to glue or nail shiplap?

For shiplap with a smooth prepainted surface, like our Timeless nickel gap shiplap, you’ll want to use adhesive and nails. Instead of nailing through the face of the board, you’ll only nail through the flange of each board to avoid any visible nail marks that will affect the overall look of your wall.

Should I fill the nail holes on shiplap?

Use finish nails for a smooth look. Finishing the Look: If you used finish nails, fill the nail holes with spackle. Let them dry and then sand the surface lightly with 400-grit sandpaper before brushing a final coat of paint on the surface of the boards.

Do you put trim around shiplap?

Trim Shiplap Edges

Another way to finish shiplap edges is to use a trim. Trim is a great way to cover up any gaps and can be used to create a more polished look on any accent wall. It’s perfect for adding the finishing touch, so it’s definitely something you should consider using if you want a well-finished look.

What should I put behind shiplap?

You only need drywall behind the shiplap if the building codes require you to do so. Although you may not need it, there are drawbacks to not having drywall behind your shiplap.

Do you face nail shiplap?

We always recommend face nailing shiplap and tongue and groove when installing it on your walls, ceiling, and as exterior siding. Face nailing means that you shoot your nail at a 90 degree angle to the board through the flat (or face) of the board.

Do you stagger shiplap?

Stagger the shiplap boards so that the end joints are spread out along the wall or ceiling randomly. If you stack seams on top of each other, you’ll create an eyesore that draws your eye to the dark lines of the jointed ends. Building pros agree that staggering seams provides a better looking aesthetic.

Can I use a finish nailer for shiplap?

A finish nailer or brad nailer is the easiest and most efficient tool to use when installing your new shiplap or tongue and groove. They can be purchased/rented relatively cheaply from your local hardware store, they’re lightweight, and are simple enough that a 12 year old can use them!