It’s finally time to share some of the details of our budget bathroom redesign! This DIY plank wall was easy to create and install, budget friendly, and made a drastic change in the space.
If you love the whitewashed look, you should check out this tutorial, as it gives what I’ve found to be the perfect whitewashing technique. If you prefer a stained wood wall, or a painted white plank wall, this tutorial will still work for you, you would just stain or paint the wood before installing it.
To keep the cost down, I used 1/4″ plywood for my plank wall. It was by far the cheapest option, but still created the look I was envisioning. If you are planning to stain or whitewash the wood, you’ll want to get a higher grade of plywood. I used birch because I loved the knots on one side of the wood. If you are just painting it, any sanded plywood should work just fine. I would just be sure to prime it before painting.
I ended up needing two 8′ by 4′ panels of 1/4″ plywood. My wall measured less than 8′, but if it was longer, I would probably just stagger the seams between boards in a random way.
I had an employee at the hardware store rip down the boards, but this store had a new policy that they could only rip them down to a minimum of 12″. I stood envious as it took less than a couple minutes to rip down the boards, knowing it would take me ten times as long to make the last cut of each of those boards. So, I went home with 8 boards, and used my table saw to rip each of those boards in half.
It was at this point that I stained and whitewashed the boards.
After adding three coats of Polyurethane, I started installing them on the wall. I found all the studs and marked where they fell with a piece of painter’s tape on the ceiling. That way, I knew I was nailing each board into each of the studs. (You can see the tape sticking out at the top of the top board.)
I had to measure, cut and install each board at a time, because I haven’t met a wall in my house that was level and the same measurement at the top as it is at the bottom.
I air-nailed into each of the studs, and that was about it!
I love how it turned out. You can see how I put together all the elements of the room, and how the entire room refresh only cost me $200!
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