Recently, we added planked walls to our master bathroom. I’ve loved the “shiplap” look for some time now, but our house is not a farmhouse style home. Some people would also caution that this could be a fad, only to go only to go out of style eventually. However, since the investment was minimal, it is in style now, and the bathroom is so small, we thought we’d go for it!
Many of you have already seen our Master Bath Reno & how amazing the finished product is!
Since this project was not done all at once and we had a lot going on at the time, I did not get pictures of the step by step process. However, I wanted to share the best tutorials that I’ve come across to create that planked wall look. Also, the following tips (& mistakes I made) are very helpful if we ever do this again.
8 Tips for Planking a Wall
- If using plywood, you will need to strip down the large pieces into ~ 6 inch (or whatever width you choose) strips. We used a table saw at home to ensure proper cutting, but it took both of us to hold the large boards since they are floppy.
- Sand down the edges! I did not do this & regretted it. This caused some “gloppy” paint in a few spots.
- Use nickels as your spacers.
- Have a level handy as you nail each plank, just to make sure you’re still on track. You don’t want to get halfway down your wall & realize the boards are crooked.
- Use wood glue as well as brad nailing into the studs. You will also really have to adjust your compressor if using a nail gun or else the nails will go right through the plywood.
- If painting a darker color (like I did above our vanity), do a quick paint swipe on the wall between each plank before nailing them in. I could visibly see the white wall in the cracks after painting, so I had to (tediously) paint between each plank.
- Spend the time to puddy the nail holes & sand before painting.
- As my Dad says, caulk fixes a multitude of sins! Those imperfect edges- no one knows 😉
I love this tutorial from Jenna Sue Design. It helps to have a visual of what your project will look like.
Best Planked Wall Tutorials
Finally, Nina Hendrick also has a great tutorial, but does not allow pictures to be shared so click the link.
Hope this gives you direction in your wall planking! Anyone else done this before & have other tips? Share in the comments!