How to Paint a Shiplap Wall

Learn how to create a simple and affordable shiplap wall in your home. Get the job done fast and easy by using a Wagner paint sprayer.



Hi there! My name is Rachel Joy and I blog at Joyful Derivatives where I teach simple and affordable ways to create a home you love to spend time in and are proud to share with others.

Today I want to teach you how to paint shiplap with the fabulous FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer from Wagner!

We have tons of shiplap throughout our home and absolutely love how fast and easy painting it is with a sprayer.

Of course, the first thing you’ll need to do before you start painting your shiplap is install it and then decide color you want to paint!

You can read my full instructions for installing shiplap here and my post about the best farmhouse colors for home interiors here.

Once you’ve installed your shiplap and decided on a color, it’s time to get painting!


Prep the shiplap for paint

Begin by spackling all the nail holes, seams and knots in the wood.



Once it’s dry, sand it all down with your sanding paper and block.

Then, use a rag or vacuum (with a soft bristle) to get all the dust off of the shiplap.

Lastly, if needed, caulk the seams between the shiplap and other trim/walls.


Mask surrounding areas

Next, use your plastic sheeting and painter’s tape to mask off the 24-36” surrounding all of the shiplap you’re going to paint.

Leave this masking up until you’re completely done painting the shiplap.


Prime and paint shiplap

It’s very important to prime your shiplap before you paint it.

Use your FLEXiO 5000 to spray the primer and then paint onto your shiplap.


More info

This sponsored post was created by Joyful Derivatives. To see the remaining instructions and even more tips/tricks for painting shiplap, head over to the full post at Joyful Derivatives.

Products Used



Paintable Caulking

Painter’s Plastic Sheeting

Painter’s Tape



Putty knife

Sanding block

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