Today I’m trying something new.
Normally I stay behind the scenes as I’ve never considered myself as the outgoing, on-camera personality type, but you know what? My life was never the same when I faced my fears last year and I’m not about to stop there. So long, comfort zone.
I wasn’t sure where this new video medium would lead when I started, and I still don’t to be honest, but I’m getting more comfortable at it each day and absolutely loving the process. And that’s what life is all about, right? Enjoying what you do while working on yourself.
So just before I started planking my bathroom walls a few days ago, I decided I’d go all out and make a how-to video tutorial. If you’re a visual learner like me, you’ll definitely get more out of this than the standard blog post recap—though I already did one of those back in 2013 during my first wall plank attempt in the Florida house. Time to switch it up!
Here’s my DIY shiplap wall planking tutorial:
Let’s rewind for a second. Originally I had planned on nailing up beadboard sheets (because it’s quicker, cheaper and easier… not gonna lie) but when I saw it next to the tile, I decided I preferred the look of shiplap and it was worth the extra bit of effort.
After all, it worked out great in my guest bathroom…
Shiplap has become a loosely used term these days (I blame Chip & Joanna for its addition to the general population’s lexicon) and if you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’ve tried my fair share of wall treatments. This happens to be the easiest, quickest and most inexpensive way of achieving that shiplap look in my experience.
From a bare beige wall…
To a trip to Lowe’s for supplies…
And a few long nights of measuring, cutting, nailing, spackling, caulking, sanding and painting…
And $175 later… I now have this:
The wall color is Valspar’s Coconut Milk and yes, I finally chose a non-gray paint! It’s a soft ivory-putty color, if that helps. And I think it will be perfect once everything comes together.
Speaking of timeline—things are about to move fast in this bathroom. Aside from the shiplap installation, this past week the drywall was patched and retextured, and plumbing installed and ready to be hooked up to the fixtures. Next week all of the tile will be grouted and sealed, and the toilet, vanity, sink and mirror will be installed—hopefully along with the wall lighting and possibly some wall shelves. Then all that’s left to do is a few quick accessories and the glass shower wall which should be a simple drop-in. I’m still on track to get this house on the market in two weeks!
There’s a few detailed posts in the pipeline, but I’m waiting until there’s more progress so I can get some nice After photos for you. Appreciate your patience, guys! In the meantime, I’m all over snapchat right now (@jennasuedesign) and as always, still checking in on instagram and facebook.
Let me know what you think of the video tutorial and if you’d like to see more content like that! I’m still learning so things are bound to improve, but I could definitely see more of these in the future. I hope you enjoy it as well. Happy Weekend and (almost) first day of Spring!
Thank you for your video tutorial. I’m in the process of doing this to my guest bathroom, and I purchased a cheap jigsaw to cut the plywood in areas. The jigsaw shredded the edges of my plywood, to the point where I cannot put them on the wall. Is this because I bought a cheap saw? r are there different blades, and I should buy one that wasn’t included in the box. Thanks in advance for your help.
Oh no! Plywood has a tendency to split but there are also specific blades that are made for different types of wood. I’m sure I’ve used dull blades or the wrong ones before and never had it split that badly… could you use wood filler to patch it?
Sharon Marella says
I thought was Great ! I want to do some of this when I move to a different house.
Lymari Navarro says
Love your work. Great video and very informative. We did a shiplap wall and I wish I would of saw this tutorial before we did.
Love the look ! Related to the previous question, Did you cut the outer corners at a 45 degree angle ?
Nope, straight cuts!