New Project – Shiplap Tub Skirt

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The kids went back to school this week!  This an extra special school year for us because Izzy is in 4th and Sam is now in Kindergarten!!  He is so ready and was ecstatic about walking into school with his big sister this year.  I am so proud of them both!

With both now in school full-time, I have projects galore that I am itching to tackle.  First up is the tub skirt in our master bathroom.

The current tub skirt is a bit of a sore spot for me because it was never done correctly in the first place.  We paid a ridiculous up-charge to have nice white paneling added to the front of the tub.  What they gave us was black functioning cabinet doors that were wonky.  Their “fix” was to glue the uneven doors shut and slap a coat of white paint on them.  It never looked right.  My stomach is starting to hurt when I think about the money we spent on it.  Anywho, I’m over it and want a change.

Option 1: Trim

Option 1 is basically just doing what was supposed to have been done in the beginning.  Doors get pulled off and wood trim is properly placed.  Simple and classic.

Option 2: Shiplap

Tub skirt gets white shiplap.  When I looked at Option 1 I was worried that there were just too many squares/rectangles.  Square cabinets, drawers, mirror, frames, tiles, etc.  This breaks that up a bit and also ties in with the shiplap in the other bathrooms.  When I go back and forth between photos this one feels the best to me.

Shiplap Inspiration

It’s definitely not as easy to find inspiration photos of a shiplap tub skirt.  But, what I did find look pretty darn good.

| Source: Unknown |

| Source: Katherine Miller |

| Source: Studio McGee |

| Source: Brepurposed |

Pretty, right?!  Now I know shiplap is certainly not new, but I like how fresh it feels as a tub skirt.  It’s also going to be a really cost effective way of changing up the current tub skirt.  I’m excited.  Who’s excited with me?!

Click here for more information on our master bathroom including sources.


  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    i have wanted to do our upstairs tup with a wood shiplap for so long! but the rest of the room is hideous so there is no point until i can make the rest look less hideous.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I looooove the wood look! I could definitely see that looking amazing in your house!!

  2. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country Avatar

    What a creative idea! Love the new look!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much, Shelley! I just finished up the project this afternoon!!

  3. Romeogirl Avatar

    First of all, where can I get that T-shirt!!!! Love the ship-lap on the tub. that will look wonderful.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      His shirt cracks me up!! I found it online at OshKosh. Pretty sure I need one in my size 😀

  4. Pamela Jones Avatar
    Pamela Jones

    I have tile and would like to up grade, but Indore bath could us a refresh also. Love this idea.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I could see this in your master!

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