Friday, March 3, 2017

Installing Shiplap in the Master Bathroom

Like everyone else these days, we are obsessed with shiplap (thanks Chip & Joanna). I just love how much visual interest it adds to any boring wall or room, and "interest "was exactly what we needed for our master bathroom. As you may have seen in my last post, the bathroom had great bones, but it was just very, very stark. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of all-white-everything, but this space definitely needed some warmth. Shiplap to the rescue!

For the bathroom's small, square toilet room, we actually cut and installed the shiplap ourselves, loosely following these two tutorials (one, two). And although they were helpful, we found that the process was pretty self explanatory! We started by buying four of the thinnest 8ft pine sheets we could find at Home Depot, and cutting those boards into 6 inch wide strips. If you don't have the tools to make these cuts, you can also have Lowes or Home Depot cut the boards for you for an extra small fee per cut. Once we had the strips, Josh went wall by wall and cut those strips down to the dimensions of the wall we were applying them across.  This was the perfect room for our first shiplap endeavor. It was small and needed almost no custom cut outs (like light switches, outlets, etc.) aside from one small hole for the toilet pipe. Once we had our cuts, we just started at the bottom of the wall and attached each board one by one using a nail gun. We used pennies to space each new board from the previous one so that we could make sure all the spaces were somewhat even.
Once all those boards were nailed thoroughly, we gave them a quick sand and prime. Finally, I painted them with two coats of one of my favorite white paints (Alabaster by Sherwin Williams). I love how much the shiplap has added to this boring little "loo"! And I love that it's a project so easy that you don't have to be Chip & Joanna to do it. ;) I can wait to add some art and maybe a couple of sconces above the toilet to complete the space.
Then for the shiplap behind our sinks, we actually used hardwood floors that we had leftover from our kitchen. Remember this post? We ended up ordering a sample box of the Montpellier Oak floors that we didn't end up going with, so had that box of wood just sitting in our house. This project was even easier than the DIY shipalp, given that hardwoods are already meant to slide right into one another. Josh just cut them down to the exact size of the space (which was especially hard at the top due to the molding!) and then essentially slid them right into one another on the wall. I might love how hardwoods look on the wall more than I do on the floors!
So our bathroom is officially shiplap-ed and almost complete! I'm still searching for some finishing touches (like the perfect rug) and then I'll be sure to post photos of what will be the first finished room in the #grazianobungalow. Stay tuned!

Master Bathroom Project List
·         Shiplap toilet room
·         Shiplap wall
·         Paint walls
·         Cut mirror to create two
·         Style! (add rug, towel ladder, hamper, art, candles etc.)


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