Give Your Bathroom a Makeover Using Shiplap Appearance Boards

Alex Evjen

Article Posted By: Alex Evjen

of AVE Styles

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Alex Evjen of AVE Styles used vertical shiplap appearance boards for a modern and unconventional look in her bathroom. Read more to find out how to get this look for your home.

Bathroom Makeover Using Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Shiplap has taken over the interior design world this past year, and it has intrigued me. Even though it is seen as a treatment for rustic and country style homes, it made me wonder if it would work in my home. My interior design style tends to lean a bit more modern, so I had the idea of applying vertical shiplap instead of horizontally to provide a more modern approach. The Home Depot also offers a variety of sizes of shiplap appearance boards, and when I saw they had narrow planks of wood, I got very excited. I knew this wall treatment would be just the ticket for my bathroom remodel.

The first floor of my home is a mix of modern and traditional styles using natural textures and colors. I wanted my bathroom to reflect a similar style so that the experience in my home feels cohesive and inviting.

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

The original bathroom was from 1993. I gutted everything because I wanted to start with a clean slate and build from there.

I chose materials like limestone and wood, as well as colors like Naturalism by Behr and a warm gray to bring in an earthy quality. Then, I juxtaposed chrome and metal finishes and clean lines to balance the rustic quality of the materials. This achieved exactly what I was hoping for, and the shiplap really steals the show of the space. It was so easy to install too. Below, is a step by step guide to achieve the perfect application.

Materials

Tools

Step 1: Measure the Area

Vertical Shiplap Appearance BoardsMeasure the area of the wall you are applying your shiplap. Be sure to always purchase a couple more boards than you need. If you are using shiplap in a bathroom, be sure to keep the wood away from any over spray the shower may cause.

Once the wood has been purchase place inside the home so that it can acclimate to the temperature. Wood can expand and contract based on the temperature of your home, and you want to ensure that it has adjusted to your home’s temperature before applying to a wall.

Before applying the wood, make sure your wall is smooth so that it can stick to the wall firmly. You may need to sand any texture prior to application.

If you are applying the shiplap in a bathroom, as an extra precaution against moisture, seal the wall with a primer before shiplap application.

Step 2: Cut Boards to Length

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Once you’re ready to install the shiplap, cut one board to the length of the wall using a saw. If there is an edge of the area that is not joined by another wall be sure to start on that side rather than a corner and work your way to the corner.

Step 3: Use Construction Adhesive

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Apply two beads of construction adhesive on the backside of the board

Step 3: Secure the Boards

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Secure the board to the wall and use a level to ensure it’s straight. There is a little bit of play in the application, so make sure to adjust the board so that it fits perfectly to the ceiling and the floor.

To secure the board, put two ½-in. finishing nails at the top and two at the bottom with a nail gun or hammer. If there is any additional pucker, add nails as needed.

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2-4

Cut your second board to the appropriate length, and fit it in to the first board using the tongue and groove. Make sure it’s snug against the first board. Then repeat steps 2-4.

Step 5: Apply Baseboards

Once you have applied shiplap to the whole area, apply your baseboards over the shiplap. Fill in all nail holes wood putty and let dry. Sand to smooth. Tape off edges and fixtures with painter’s tape.

Step 6: Paint

Paint the wall area with your choice of paint. Finish by painting your baseboards.

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Vertical Shiplap Appearance Boards

Follow our Bathroom Design Ideas board on Pinterest for more inspiring decor ideas. Find more inspiration, read more of our Bathroom Ideas on The Home Depot Blog.

To create your own vertical shiplap accent wall, shop shiplap and other appearance boards at The Home Depot.