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How We Used Wood Flooring to Create a Fabulous Shiplap Feature Wall in 1 Afternoon

Today I’m going to tell you all about

how we used wood flooring to create a fabulous shiplap feature wall in 1 afternoon!

Two pieces of cherry stained wood flooring that will be used upside-down to create a shiplap feature wall.

A couple of years ago

a friend of mine had a tragic event when her home flooded from a plumbing issue and her wood flooring was ruined.  Well…most of it!  She knows I’m a DIY’er so she called me and said they were going to put new flooring in the entire house and if I wanted any of the undamaged old wood floorboards, I should come and get it.

I was off in a flash!

At the time I drove a Honda Accord and I had convinced it over the years that it was a truck and could all anything it put its mind to.

I went through the pile of wood flooring

in my friend’s front yard and picked all the undamaged pieces I could find and filled up my trunk with them.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them at that point, but I knew something would come to me so I headed home happy.

Honda Accord trunk full of wood flooring pieces to be used for a shiplap feature wall

Oh It’ll Fit!!!

That stack of wood flooring

sat in my garage for just over 2 years when I finally realized what to do with it.  Shiplap!

I’ve been a bit bored

with the wall above my headboard for quite some time now and one day it occurred to me that I could use that wood flooring as shiplap above my headboard. If you follow me over on Instagram you may know that I tend to get ideas for DIY’s and just run with them.  This was one of those times.

Wall above headboard with nothing except the candle sconces.

Because it’s actually wood flooring

it has tongue-in-groove edges on the sides and we quickly decided that we didn’t need, or want, that feature, so Dee ran the 18 pieces that we needed for this project, through the table saw to remove the lip on the edge as well as the end.

Wood flooring from the end of the piece showing the tongue in groove lip down the side and on the end before removing it!

Tongue-in-Groove on one side and one end of each piece!

Running the wood through a table saw to remove the lip edge on one side and one end of each piece.


Dee laid out a pattern

on his computer to decide just how we wanted to attach them to the wall. Dee is the engineer of our projects, like our fabulous pot rack here!

computer drawing of pattern for laying out the shiplap on the wall

Once the pattern was decided,

I was tasked with cutting a few boards down to 17 inches. No problem…I like using the miter saw, the table saw still scares me a bit.

Using our miter saw to cut some pieces down to fit into our pattern.

Now that our cuts are all made

it’s time to start attaching the wood flooring to this shiplap feature wall.

The boards are all trimmed and cut to the proper lengths in preparation for putting them on the wall.

Dee stared started at the ceiling

and attached the pieces of wood flooring to the wall using our finish nailer and compressor. I sat and watched, and took pictures, my part comes later!

Using a laser level and starting the shiplap feature wall with the first board installed at the top of the wall!

Using a laser level and starting at the top

Adding floor board to the wall working from top to bottom!

continuing to add upside-down floor boards to the wall as shiplap using a finish nailer.

We didn’t worry about…

using any kind of spacers…we just butted them all together!  (he did…I was sitting) 🙂

When he got down to the bottom,

(the top of the headboard) he had to cut the boards down lengthwise to fit.  No worries, as that will always be decorated and won’t show anyway!

Showing all the boards on the wall except one while making the very bottom row fit perfectly!

To make it look neat and tidy

we trimmed each side with 1×3’s, (he did, I was still sitting) I apologize for not having a photo of that at this point in the process.

It really didn’t take long at all to get all the wood flooring on the wall, even less than an hour.

Once he had finished his part…

it was my turn.  I decided to paint it white! I used my favorite wall color, Westhighland White, by Sherwin Williams, mixed by Home Depot in their satin Behr paint. (again I didn’t get a photo at this point, I really need to work on my photo-taking skills!).

By the time I was finished with the first coat

I realized that I wished I had allowed more of the natural wood to show through, I liked the way that looked.  But some spots were completely covered so it was too late for that!  I thought about sanding it to allow more of the wood to show through but that seemed like a lot of work and a big mess, so I had another idea…

What if I GLAZE it????

I’ve been on quite the glaze kick lately and figure why not glaze the wall above my headboard which is now covered in upside-down wood flooring?  I love the way glaze transforms white to a raw wood look like it did for this table!

So I got out the glaze and a sponge brush

and started brushing the glaze on and then, using a lint-free rag, I wiped the glaze back off.  The glaze does a great job of getting down into all the cracks and crevices.  It really makes the wood grain pop and it just looks amazing. This is the glaze I use and I love it!

I LOVE how it turned out! 

I’m so happy with my decision to glaze this upside-down wood flooring which is now a fabulous feature wall.

Glazing the shiplap after I had painted it white!

As soon as the glaze was dry

we hung the wall sconces back up and put this fabulous mirror on the headboard, Dee made sure to attach it to the wall so that it’s secure and I don’t have to worry about it falling on us during the night!

Starting the re-decorating process. by replacing the candle sconces and putting my recent FB Marketplace mirror on the headboard.

The very first thing I did

was decorate the headboard for Spring/Easter!  I love having this space to decorate for the holidays and seasons!  I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate so my headboard takes the place of that!

The finished wall with all the decor in place, including an antique mirror, candle sconces and spring flowers and greenery.

This beautiful mirror was a FB marketplace find

and I’m so in love with it!  The nice old man said it was his grandpa’s so I know it’s very old.  I love the way my chandelier reflects in it!

Beautiful antique mirror found on facebook marketplace.

This gorgeous antique mirror was a great find on FaceBook Marketplace

I still have quite a large stack of wood flooring

as we only used 18 pieces for this project, so I’ll be sure to let you know what we find to do with the rest of it. I have a few ideas floating around.  🙂

Happy DIY’ing,


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2 years ago

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I wish I had some old flooring myself but if I tried to get something like that to bring home the hubs would have a holy fit! I’m glad you didn’t paint it, I loved it the minute I saw it on the wall! Nice job to the both of you!

Hi! I'm Cindy...

….wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast.

I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk! But I really don’t like spending a lot of money, which you probably figured out by where I like to shop.

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