Faux Shiplap AKA Sharpie Shiplap

YOU GUYS!! I’m thrilled to share a simple DIY with you that will transform a space. Introducing faux shiplap, using a sharpie paint pen. It’s the real deal ya’ll. So, lets get down to business, shall we?


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+Sharpie (black) paint pen (link provided for the exact one I used)
+Yard stick

(And probably a ladder, LOL)

Before I got started I first decided to paint the wall white, it had been gray. I thought this would achieve a more realistic ‘shiplap’ look. The paint color I used was called Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.

Alright, lets get down to the nitty gritty…


After I had finished painting the wall white and it was dry I used a pencil and my level to start making lines. I started from the top and worked my way down. I spaced my lines 6 inches apart. I went down the wall making small dashes to signify 6 inches.


Next, I used my level and a pencil to make a straight lines across the wall. Do not skip this step, its very helpful to have the lines already drawn with a pencil before using your sharpie pen. I simply used the level to assure the lines were straight.


Here comes the fun part. Use your yardstick now and your sharpie paint pen to draw your black lines over the pencil lines. When you’re doing this I would recommend shaking your pen throughout to ensure enough paint will come off when you’re doing your lines. I would highly recommend having a wet washcloth next to you in case you mess up somewhere, it is fairly easy to erase if you do so immediately after you’ve made the mistake.

AND THAT’S LITERALLY IT 😀 You have officially created sharpie shiplap! Woot, Woot!

I hope this was helpful and you love how your project turns out 🙂

Happy Shiplaping!!