Shiplap – The Sweet Heart of the Design World

Why has this design element created a Beetlemania like fervor? And what exactly is it? Generally, when people think of shiplap they conjure up images of white painted wall paneling.

Technically shiplap refers only to the shape we mill the wood into. 

Like this:

You can also leave a “nickel gap” for a shadow line.

Shiplap can be milled in any wood species in any reasonable dimensions. It can be primed and painted or stained and oiled. It can be made from new or reclaimed wood. It can be milled smooth or rough.

You can install it horizontally…

(draws the eye from left to right, creating a wider feeling area)

This is the classic look of white shiplap.

Or vertically…

(giving the illusion  of higher ceilings)

A little more of a modern edge.


Or diagonally….

Cha cha cha


What I appreciate so much about simple white painted shiplap is that it gives some interest to what would likely be a boring ‘ol sheetrocked wall.

It adds a subtle striped appearance along with some warmth and character from the wood grain peeking through.

Or maybe you want a rustic look. The texture and warmth of wood really adds character.

Use a variety of colors like Savona’s Restaurant on the strand in Kingston, NY.

Plus, it’s economical (if you choose knotty pine) and very versatile. (size of gap, specie, dimensions, grade, stain, paint, texture, etc.)

Woodstock Way Hotel chose an aged look for the shiplap that adorns its walls in keeping with its sustainable and conscious design.

I love that shiplap works in so many types of spaces: rustic, modern, transitional, man caves, treehouses. 

I definitely think it deserves the hype! 


pine flooring in bedroom

What’s the Diff?

If you call us for a quote for Eastern White Pine siding for your home or business we can present you with two general options. We can use the same stuff that you can get at any lumberyard. Let’s call that the “good enough stuff”. We’ll call the other option our recommended option, the “good stuff”. It’s Adirondack pine.

Being that they’re both the same species how different could they be?

As different as a stale grocery store chocolate chip cookie vs. one of Grandmas homemade cookies still warm from the oven. Both are worth eating, but it’s a different experience. 

As a company hoping to impress you with our professionalism and highfalutin knowledge… Here’s a chart! 


Now that you understand the different grades of pine, what you also need to know is that pine has knots and…[/vc_column_text]

Knots Bleed.

What it actually is, are the tannins and resins of the wood trying to escape. 

Knot so bad

Good’nuff Stuff

The Good Stuff!

Nature is a wonderful thing and it will almost always win, but there is a way to help prevent those pesky knots from bleeding.

First and foremost get a high-quality pine, like our Adirondack Pine. Less moisture content in the wood equals less knot bleed. That’s worth saying again… less moisture = less knot bleed.

The drier pine will cost slightly more. We definitely think it’s worth it.

Secondly, follow this sequence when coating (painting) knotty pine siding.  In our years of experience, we’ve found this to be the best practice.

  1. Shellac knots
  2. Oil prime all sides
  3. Latex prime exposed surfaces
  4. Apply top-coat to all sides
  5. Apply 2nd top-coat to exposed surfaces
  6. Apply final top-coat after installation


*Please keep in mind that we will provide any and all of these services in our coatings department as requested. Why DIY when we can save you time and money?  Let us do the hard part!

We hope this sheds some light on the quality levels of Eastern White Pine and helps you to make the best decision for your upcoming projects. And let’s help those poor knots from bleeding!