I don’t know what it is about this time of year. There’s enough going on, but for some reason Ryan and I manage to throw a million and one home projects into the mix. Seems logical, right? Anyway, I say that because it was around this time last year that I shared our budget-friendly modern farmhouse half bathroom renovation. I always knew something was missing from that space, and I knew that that something was shiplap. It’s a miracle that I’ve lasted this long without adding shiplap anywhere in our house. So, drum roll please … I present shiplap wainscoting in our half bathroom!
Isn’t she pretty?! It probably doesn’t seem like a major change – it is just half a wall of planks after all – but the shiplap adds so much more character to the space. Plus, since this bathroom is on the smaller side all the white shiplap helps brighten it up.
Now, for all you DIY’ers out there I’ll let you in on a little secret. THAT’S NOT REAL SHIPLAP. *gasp* Nope. Real shiplap is pretty expensive (and kind of a ripoff, if you ask me), and it’s too thick when paired with our baseboard. Thanks to Pinterest, we discovered an easier, budget-friendly alternative – plywood! It sounds crazy, but it really does the trick. You probably would’ve never known the difference if I didn’t tell you, right? For our bathroom, we only needed two sheets of plywood (I believe they were 1/8″ thick … the smallest you can get basically). Lowe’s cut the planks for us, and Ryan managed the rest!
Since I wanted the shiplap to be the real focal point of the room now, I also made some small decor changes. The above-the-toilet ladder that we made is now firewood, and I replaced it with this cute galvanized shelf from Hobby Lobby. I love that it both looks good but actually serves a functioning purpose. There’s also now a towel ring on the wall next to the vanity, but I took these pictures before Ryan put it up. I think you get the picture, though.
The best part of shiplap wainscoting in our half bathroom is that Ryan was able to complete the whole thing in a weekend! This project is that easy and quick even for novice home DIY’ers. Now let’s see if I can convince him to do the same thing when we get around to renovating our laundry room … 😉