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Bathroom Makeover with Wood Planks

I love a bargain!  But finding an accidental bargain is even better!  After the post on Wood Wall Planks, I was psyched to get started on my son’s bathroom makeover.  The day I went to Lowes to finally purchase the planks (I’d been looking at them forever!), they were on clearance!  Instead of $19.99 for a package of four 8 foot planks, they were priced at $3.50 a package!!!  Holy Toledo!!  I hit the mother load!  I bought oodles of them.  More than I needed for this project.  For $3.50 each, I couldn’t help myself.

So, for less than $20.00, I paneled the bathroom walls.

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The “BEFORE”. This bathroom is a “Jack and Jill” room. It has doors to two bedrooms and a separate door for the toilet and shower.
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Plain boring walls.  And it has a huge, ugly “builder’s” mirror.
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The wood plank is EverTrue Edge V-Groove, Primed.  As you can see, I decided to use them horizontally.  It looks casual, beachy and more “boy” I think.
plank lightswitch
I used a jigsaw to make cuts for light switches and electrical plugs.  Although, when my brother was here, I asked him in my charming sisterly way if he would do some cutting for me.  He comes in handy.
compressor
I asked for a nail gun with a compressor a year and a half ago for my birthday. This project was the first time I used it. Let me tell ya people… it was so easy and so much fun!
nailer
Love the nail gun! It made holes so small that when I painted the planks, the paint filled in the holes. No spackling!
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The white molding on top of the wood planks gives the wall a finished look.

After the planks were up, I caulked all the edges and painted the planks a glossy white.  Then I painted the upper walls Wedgewood Gray, a Benjamin Moore color that Lowes colored matched.  Once the Wedgewood Gray was dry, I added trim molding to the top of the wood plank.

glue on mirror
I used lattice board to frame around the mirror.  It was stained first with MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso on both sides.  The boards are attached to the mirror with clear silicon. Because the mirror is attacked to the wall with clips, I used this method to get the wood to lay flush on the glass.  Since I don’t like “permanent” I did not want to glue the mirror directly to the wall.
mirror taped2
Painters tape is your friend when you need extra hands!
top mirror trim
The trim I used to cap off the planked wall is the same trim I used for the top trim on the mirror. I just bought a piece that was unfinished so I could stain it, instead of the pre-primed trim I used on the wall.
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The AFTER. I can’t tell you how many pictures I took, and how many settings I tried, to get good pictures.  (I didn’t succeed.)  Taking pictures in a room with no windows and six light bulbs is challenge!
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I know it will be too much to ask my son to keep these “pretty” towels in the basket and to use the old ugly ones for his hands. Boys don’t understand “they’re just to look at”. Oh well. They are neat and pretty today. 😉
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All done! If you need any wood wall plank, I have oodles I’ll sell you for as little as $19.99. 😉

before and after

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14 thoughts on “Bathroom Makeover with Wood Planks”

  1. Looks good Laurie! I like the horizontal placement. What gauge is the nail gun that it didn’t need any wood putty because the nail holes were so small? My 18 gauge still leaves enough that I have to fill and if I take on this project in our master bath, I might invest in a smaller diameter nail gun for it. Puttying and sanding are not my favorite pastimes 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I have a pin nailer that uses 23 gauge wire (headless or slight head pins). I probably can’t do heavy duty nailing with that, but the wood planks were lightweight and only 1/4 inch thick.

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  2. What a great DIY project, and you make it look so easy. I just love this transformation. Have you ever tiled? I’d love to tile a backsplash in my kitchen, but not sure I’ll ever get around to it.

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    1. Thank you! It was easy. Truly!

      I have not tiled a backsplash. I had ours done professionally. The majority of the tile was bought at Lowes, for little money. It really didn’t cost that much to have someone else do it. I think you might be surprised.

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