The kitchen is the most popular room to remodel, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. So, chances are, if you remodel a room, it will be the kitchen. But you don’t have to go all out to make an impact. 

One easy thing you can do to your kitchen is to add a backsplash. Adding a backsplash to your kitchen is one of the best things you can do for it. Not only does it look amazing, but it can up the value of your home substantially.

What Is A Backsplash?

Shiplap Kitchen Backsplash
Image from ReVision Design/Remodeling

Backsplashes are layers of material that are often put on the wall between the countertops and the above cabinets or ceiling. They are found in the bathroom and the kitchen but are most commonly added to kitchens.

You can install a backsplash yourself with tile or another material, or have a professional contractor do it for you. Either way, adding a backsplash can be the best thing you do for your kitchen and its resale value. 

What Is A Shiplap Backsplash?

white shiplap backsplash kitchen
Picture from Alison Giese Interiors

While most backsplashes are made from tile, you can make them out of anything that you want to make them out of. Shiplap is a great alternative to tile that looks just as good, and sometimes even better. 

The average cost of shiplap is around $4 per square foot but ranges from $2 to $7 per square foot. On the other hand, tile has a much broader range but is generally is also around $4 per square foot. 

This means, that the two have the same average but shiplap has a much smaller range. Because the cost of boards is fairly consistent while the cost of tile ranges from $1 to $20 per square foot. So the type of tile matters. 

How To Use A Shiplap Kitchen Backsplash

shiplap backsplash in kitchen
Image from Atlantic Designs

There are many different ways to use shiplap in your kitchen as a backsplash. But there are also a few key points to take note of when choosing your design. These designs are great ways to get inspired with shiplap backsplashes. 

The Continuing Shiplap Backsplash 

farmhouse shiplap kitchen backsplash
Image from Olinova Design

The continuing backsplash is a common one and it makes a huge difference. You can use it on the walls and as a backsplash, making sure to have the two continue instead of cut each other off. You want a constant flow. 

Pros

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White On White

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Image from SHELTER Custom-Built Living

White on white is a common way to do shiplap if you want to refrain from getting tagged with the “farmhouse” design style. Although shiplap is primarily for the farmhouse look, this is a way to make it look different.

Pros

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Adding Diversity 

Picture from Innovative Design Build, Inc

If white on white isn’t your thing, you can go the other way and use a simple shiplap backsplash and a lot of other details in your kitchen. The backsplash doesn’t have to define the kitchen, it can accent it.

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Going Vertical

Image from EPG Homes, LLC

 

Most people will never think about putting their shiplap vertical. But you can do it! It makes the kitchen look taller and completely transforms the purpose of the shiplap backsplash. Doesn’t it look unique? 

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Incorporating The Ceiling

Image from Anders Lasater Architects

Incorporating the ceiling into your backsplash design can be even more impactful than incorporating the walls. Ceilings are often neglected and forgotten. But if you use shiplap on them, then you can change this.

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How To Install A Shiplap Backsplash

Image from Peak Stone Company

Installing shiplap isn’t as difficult as it seems. All you need are a few tools, the shiplap, and paint if you plan on painting your shiplap. Here are the steps you can take to install a shiplap on your own without a contractor. 

Step 1: Prepare Your Wall

You can either use shiplap as a wall covering or you can install it over an existing wall covering, like drywall. If you have an existing wall, make sure it is clean and that all of the trim and moulding are removed.

If your wall isn’t white, you will need to paint it as shiplap will have a gap that will allow the color to pass through. So paint it the same color as your shiplap will be to avoid bright colors showing through.

Related: Kitchen Backsplashes Dazzle With Their Herringbone Designs

Step 2: Measure The Space

The best way to find out how much shiplap you need is to measure the space after you remove any trim. Find the square footage of the area and then add about 10% to make sure that you don’t need any extra.

Step 3: Find And Mark Studs

While most studs are 16-inches apart, you can’t rely on this measurement completely. Instead, either invest in a stud finder or look for visual studs. If this is your wall covering, you will already know where the studs are. 

Credit from Bay Custom Cabinets LLC

Step 4: Level The First Board

It’s very important that the first board you place is level. Use a good level and make sure it is level before you move on to the next one. Do this with the first few boards. The only one you can’t do it with is the top one.

Step 5: Secure The Boards

The easiest way to begin securing the boards is to glue the first one down. But if you have a partner, this isn’t necessary. They can hold the board up while you screw it into the stud. From there, it’s easy as you can use the lower board to hold it up. 

If you are alone, you can use spaces to give that authentic look. because shiplap shouldn’t be sandwiched together. It should be slightly spaced instead. Use coins or spacers to do this. 

Also, make sure that you stagger the boards. Cut one board in half and use it for the second row. Make a staggering pattern, being careful not to stairstep. 

Making It Your Own

Image from Carey’s Custom Woodworking, Inc

After you’ve installed your shiplap, all that’s left to do now is make it your own. So add your own personal touches to bring the entire room together. Choose shiplap backsplash styles that suit you and create a masterpiece. 

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