I started in on the kids’ bathrooms back in February. Shiplap was the name of the game. I’m convinced there isn’t much that a little shiplap can’t fix. Amiright?! While I had that part knocked out in a week for both bathrooms, it took me forever to get around to doing the little stuff like adding knobs. Today I wanted to share with you guys Sam’s bathroom!
Before I share the rest of the photos I want to show you where this bathroom began. Plain ‘ol builder’s bath. Nothing wrong with it. It was brand new and clean, but boooooriiiiing.
I wanted to give it some character and not spend a bunch of money. To do so I added shiplap to the bottom 2/3rds of the walls. It changed everything! I then salvaged the builder’s mirror, framed it out with 1×2’s, and stained it grey. Lighting and fixtures stayed the same. Everything else was just adding accessories. The wall color even stayed the same, it’s just hard to tell since the before photos were at night with the lights on.
I took the towel bar down from over the toilet (those always make me crazy over a toilet), and in the reflection of the mirror you can see his new towel hook. A rhino head I had bought a while ago and never did anything with. Here’s to hoarding animal heads!
These cup pulls were another purchase I had made years ago, but never had a home for until now.
Ok. so public service announcement time. You’ve heard people talk about how important it is to hang your window curtains higher, well the same goes for shower curtains. In this first before and after you can see what a huge difference it makes. The room looks so much taller now. The chevron shower curtain was a repurpose of Sam’s old window curtains I had made for his nursery. You can see how I made the print here.
TIPS ON SHIPLAP
There are a ton of tutorials on DIY shiplap and a ton of different materials you can use to get the look. I didn’t use a particular tutorial, but I did search them all out to see what types of materials people were using.
Material: I decided to go with a thin 5mm sanded plywood. For two bathrooms (I also did the same in Izzy’s larger bathroom) I used 5 panels. Each panel measured 48″x96″ and was under $14. Score! To save me from lugging out our table saw I had the folks at Lowes cut down my strips for me to 6″. HUGE time saver. I also purchased some 1×2 pieces of pine to finish off the top of the shiplap.
Prep: What ever material you decide to use, make sure to measure out where your studs are so you can be sure you’re nailing into them as you go. I recommend using a stud finder because sometimes those things aren’t spaced out evenly. Shocking I know (grumbling to myself about our builder).
Spacing: A nickel was the perfect spacer for the look I was after. Grab a few of those because they’ll go flying or missing and you’ll want extras laying close by.
Starting Point: As far as where to start, top down or bottom up, I did neither ;D I wanted to make as few strange cuts or notches as possible so I started my first board on top of the sink back splash and worked my way up and then back down.
Outlets: Since your wall will be thicker where the shiplap is placed, your outlets will need to be pulled out further so the cover plates will fit correctly. I failed to get a photo of it but you can find outlet spacers to solve that problem at a home improvement store.
Cost: All in I don’t even think this complete makeover cost $75. That’s with primer, paint and accessories. Not bad at all!
SOURCES: wall color – PPG Palamino Grey . shiplap color – PPG White Chip . DIY chevron print curtain . lights . cup pulls (Hobby Lobby clearance) . black knobs . owl print . rhino head as towel hook (Homegoods) . soap dispenser (Homegoods) . striped bath towel (TJMaxx) . grey hand towel . wood bowl . wood panels for shiplap
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