Shiplap Shelf

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I love the look of shiplap and really wanted to add it to our master bedroom.  I also wanted a  shiplap shelf or an area to display pictures, frames, mirrors or what ever treasures I found that I loved.  You can see how I added shiplap to the walls for less than $50 in this post. I have to say, I am totally in love with the way it turned out!

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This is how I made the shelf on top of the shiplap. 


My wall is almost 14′ long so making one long shelf was not really an option.  I wanted to be somewhat seamless, without brackets holding it up, similar to a plate rail in an old home. 

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I started by trimming all the ends of the boards so they were square.  Actually Mike did this part, the table saw is too tall for me to use!  Below is the layout of the boards.


Next I cut all the boards to length, I staggered the cuts so I didn’t end up with one “seam” right in the middle making the shelf weak.  And I couldn’t get the 1″x8″s in 8′ lengths, so I had to get 3-6 footers.

This is how my boards were laid out, of course yours will be fit to your space.  We took it upstairs in two sections, the grey and the blue, then connected them one up in the room.


I used the Kreg Jig on the 1″x8″ so I could attach the 1″x2″ to the bottom and 1″x4″ to the top. 

I am telling you, if you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you need to purchase one!  This thing is simple to use and makes for strong joints! 


Once I had all my pocket holes drilled, I attached both the top an bottom boards to the center board using screws that are inserted into the pocket holes.  Once I had them in the room I attached both sections together.  The picture below shows the shelves (upside-down) before we took them up to the bedroom.


Again, I needed Mike to help with this, I couldn’t hold up a 14′ shelf and screw it to the wall without him.  I already had the studs marked from installing the shiplap, so we drilled the holes for the screws in the appropriate spots and screwed the shelf in place!


I squealed a little!!  Ok, maybe a lot!  This project turned out so good…….I am excited to get busy with the scrap pieces of shiplap on another project!

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