Black Shiplap: An entryway makeover

Maybe you’re the type of person who hates to fix drywall. Or maybe you’re the type of person who sees wrecked drywall and thinks FINALLY, I can do that project I’ve been dreaming up!

I am the later and thus an entryway makeover was born!

One of my daughters accidentally pulled a hook out of the wall trying to get her coat off. I couldn‘t be mad because she actually hung her coat up. 🙌🏻 #momwin However, just repairing the drywall wasnt a possibility because the walls have wallpaper on them. Repairing the drywall would have been easy, but there was no way to patch the wallpaper and have it look good. So we decided to cover it up. Well it actually went like this...

Husband: what do you want to do in the entry way?

Me: I’m so glad you asked (with the biggest smile ever. Pulls up Pinterest board).


Me: 😍

Inspiration from HGtV “Welcome Home”

We had previously done shiplap in our laundry room and we had some material left over from that project. For the shiplap we used 1/4” plywood and ripped it into 6” pieces. While I would love actual shiplap, this is a more budget friendly way of getting the look.

Entryway Before

Lumber/Materials List:




1x2x8 (qty. will depend on your measurements)

1 + 1/2- 1/4” sheets of plywood

(we chose a low grade pine since we would be painting it)

1” brad nails

Brad Nailer

Wood filler

Gallon of trim paint (

Tube of paintable caulk

1 1/2” Wood Screws

1/2” Dowel

Step One:

Paint, paint and more paint! Painting the trim, shiplap and walls where the seems will be ahead of install will make your life easier and your project will look better.

Painted Trim. Just this changed the look drmatically!

Step 2:

Math! Not my strongest suit, so I defer to my husband on this part. Measure your walls and plan your layout. You don‘t want any slivers of shiplap in one corner or at the door. Also, decide how high your top trim will go. For us it made sense to align it with the bottom of the window in the door. Measure and install your top trim (we used 1x6 for this part) and installed with wood screws (red arrow) into studs to make sure it was secure. Hitting studs was mostly important on the wall that holds the shelf.

We also mitered the corners (yellow arrow) of the 1x6 on the ends they would be exposed. Later they got a coat of paint.

Yellow arrow: mitered edge Red arrow: wood screws

The 1x6 trim under the shelf is where we wanted to have dowel hooks. Drill your holes (we used a drill press) before installing this piece if you choose to have dowel hooks.

Install your corner trim (1x4) and the end trim (one end we used a 1x2 and the other end was a 1x4).

Step 3:

The fun part! At least it was for me. Time to install the shiplap pieces. (WAIT! Did you paint your seems first?)

In the last step you planned your layout, hopefully you marked it on the wall, if not do that now. Start with the most center piece and work your way outward. Make rip cuts accordingly for the corner pieces. Extreme accuracy isn’t necessary because you will caulk the seems in the corners. Also, it’s likely that your walls aren’t perfectly straight so the cuts won’t be perfect either. Caulk is your friend!

Step 4:

Make shelf brackets. I hand made these from scrap wood when we cut the 1x8 for the shelf. Start with a square piece of wood. Cut it in half diagonally. Draw out the profile you want for the brackets. I chose a simple scroll pattern. Cut it out with the jig saw and then sand it smooth and paint them. Once dry install shelf brackets with a brad nailer. We chose three shelf brackets for our span.

Step 5:

Measure, cut and install shelf (1x8). Use your brad nailer and nail the shelf into the top of your 1x6 pieces of trim every 1-2” and at every bracket.

Step 6:

Fill holes with wood filler and caulk joints that aren’t shiplap seems. Once wood filler is dry, sand smooth and prime.

Step 7:

Sand all trim and shiplap and paint a final top coat of paint. Sanding between coats will give you a smoother finish. I hope your painted the wall behind the seems before you installed the shiplap 😉.

Step 8:

Install new black switches, outlets and plates. This is obviously optional and a preference. I didn’t want the switches and outlets to stand out. I wanted them to blend in with the black trim. Tip: you will need electrical spacers for your switches and outlets since installing 1/4” shiplap on the wall.

Step 9:

Cut,sand, and install wooden dowel hooks. I chose 4” for our dowel hook length. I also chose to keep the dowels a natural wood color. I did apply some furniture wax to the dowels to protect and seal them. I had to use a hammer to install the dowels, but learn from me, you can hammer too much and go through the drywall.

Deep breath! You did it! Your all DONE!

I did go back and sand and paint a third coat because there were some holes I missed sanding the first time.

Some before pictures of the entryway. Just shows that spaces abs designs take time to evolve. While it would be nice to have had this space done while building, it’s the living in it part where you figure out how you truly use the space and how you need it to work for you.

And the AFTER!

I love how this space turned out! It stands out as it’s own space now and functions better for us when guests come since we don’t have a front coat closet. I’m also super proud of myself for doing most of the work on this project. My goal for the year was to learn and do more projects on my own without waiting on my husband and I gotta say, I feel like a badass for doing it by myself. Could also be the power tools that make me feel that way! 😂

Happy DIYing!


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