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Where to buy skinnylap

Sources for the thin shiplap style

I don't know about you, but I love the skinnylap trend! The first time I saw this Instagram photo from Joanna Gaines, I knew I had to have it in my home. I created a skinnylap feature wall in our kitchen, and it's one of my favorite projects I've ever done! One of the questions I get all the time is "where do you buy skinny lap?" Well, because it's a little different from shiplap, it's not as easy to just go to the store and buy skinnylap, but today I'm going to share what I used for my skinnylap wall, as well as some other materials you could use to get the skinny shiplap look.

Wondering where to buy skinnylap? Make your own DIY skinny shiplap wall with these resources and materials!

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A brief history of skinnylap:

The skinnylap look is actually inspired by what lies behind the walls of many older homes. Before drywall was a thing, many homes used lath and plaster. Strips of 1-2" wooden lath were attached the "studs" and plaster was smoothed over it. From the back side, the thin lath strips could be seen with plaster "keys" seeping between the boards. In 2016, Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper was inspired by this older process, and "skinnylap" was born! So how can you get the look of thin shiplap in your own home?

Wondering where to buy skinnylap? Make your own DIY skinny shiplap wall with these resources and materials!

How to get the skinnylap look:

Here are some materials that can be used for a skinnylap wall.
  • Wood lath- The original inspiration for the look, lath is available at most home improvement stores and lumber yards. Order online and have it shipped to you or order for in store pick up at Home Depot. This is what I used for my skinnylap feature wall. Note- lath is not smooth, so it will give you a more rustic look. I sanded my boards enough to remove the splinters before painting. 
  • 1 x 2 boards- I have seen many people use 1 x 2 boards for a more modern skinnylap look. It always looks gorgeous! Just keep in mind that 1 x 2s are a lot heavier than lath, so you should make sure to find studs beforehand and buy appropriate sized nails. Order online and pick up at your local store.
  • Sideways beadboard- I have also seen some people use beadboard planks or beadboard sheets. Run it horizontally to get a similar look. 
  • Wood flooring- In one episode of Fixer Upper, Chip and Jo put the house's original hardwood floors through a planer and used them as skinnylap. If you don't have old floors to tear apart, some great sources for solid hardwoods are Home Depot, Build.com, and Build Direct. This unfinished flooring is a great choice if you rather paint instead of choosing a stained floor. 
  • Plywood- If you're looking for a cheaper option and are feeling a little brave, you could cut your own skinny planks using the Accu-Cut or Rip-Cut and a circular saw. Or you could use a simple method like I did when we cut our own shiplap planks
  • Wallpaper- Not up for the work? Chip and Jo were thoughtful enough to create a skinnylap wallpaper for the Magnolia Home line! It's available online at Home Depot and Bellacor

Wondering where to buy skinnylap? Make your own DIY skinny shiplap wall with these resources and materials!

Want more info about how to install skinnylap? Check out my tutorial.

Wondering where to buy skinnylap? Make your own DIY skinny shiplap wall with these resources and materials!

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