DIY Fake Shiplap with Paint to Make Hallways Look Wider

Vertical stripes add height and horizontal stripes add width.  I wanted to make my hallway appear wider but to paint thick horizontal stripes down the hallway would be little too overwhelming for my personal taste.

The most atheistic way I’ve seen horizontal stripes is shiplap!

I’ve been dying to put some fun wall paper in my house. Wallpaper is absolutely making a comeback and I really want to get in on it. I really liked this shiplap wallpaper from Targetactually. However after measuring my hallway, this project would cost me a little over $200.00 . Yikes. My Hallway is the first thing you see when you enter my house so maybe it was worth the plunge?

I decided I’d try to “paint” shiplap on my walls. And keep “wallpaper” as my back up plan if painting turned out to be a bust!  Thankfully, I think the paint turned out really well!

The copper electrical plates were gifted to me from my mother-in-law but you can find some here!

To learn more about the door paint colors click here.

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Here is how you can fake shiplap with paint too !

This is what I used,

  • Benjamin Moore “Classic Grey”

  • Sherwin Williams “Inkwell”

  • Measuring tape

  • Painters Tape

  • Pencil

  • Level

  • Purdue Painting Brush

My walls were already painted in BM Classic Grey, so if yours isn’t in a “white” or “off-white” you’ll need to do that first.

Step One:

Starting from the ceiling, use the measuring tape to mark every 8 inches down toward the floor.

Then take a few steps down the hall.

Repeat until you reach the end of the hallway.

Step Two:

Start connecting the dots across the hall with painters tape. I find this step easier if you rip up the painters tape into segments instead of trying to connect one continuous piece.

Step Three:

Take the level and just to double check all the tape you laid was straight. No one likes a crooked line.

Step Four:

Now you’re going to make a second row underneath the first one, just eye-balling a little gap in between.

Step Five:

Take your finger and press really really hard along all the tape so its really snug against the wall.

****DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP….. like I did….I had to do EVERYTHING TWICE. Talk about anger…..  ****

Step Six:

You’re almost there, now just take your paint brush and paint in the “gap” that you created with the painters tape.

Final Step:

Allow the paint to get get “tacky” then pull all that tape off.

You’re Done! DIY Fake Shiplap Walls with Paint to make my hallway look wider!

Before And After

After this project, I absolutely grew a new appreciation for striped walls and particularly for those who’ve painted them! This is definitely a weekend project but totally worth it! I love walking through our front door and seeing lovely, classic stripes! Have you ever tried painting stripes on your walls? This was my first time! I’d love to hear your experiences!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for more DIY and Fun In The House of David.

Come over again soon!


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