High End Wall on a DIY Budget

6 Materials
$40
2 Days
Easy

How to transform a wall, and a room, with inexpensive wood lath!

Yeah, I can't leave well enough alone. Good enough is never enough for me. Take our guest bath.... so so. It never felt done or right. Suddenly it hit me, a great wall idea, but all my material options were too expensive.

Alas, never fear. That means it's time to get creative. Enter wood lath. So for under forty bucks, I transformed a room like mad.


This bathroom is hardly ever used for a shower if you're concerned about the wood; it's been used maybe all of six times and won't be for years, so lath will be a-ok. But hey, this idea is great for any room in the house!

Sure, lath is tricky. It's wonky, it's bowed, it's not consistent. It's also rough and tumble. But! It's a budget saver and it actually looks great without veering into design styles I didn't want to veer into.


First I stained it with a mix of Golden Mahogany and paint thinner.


Be sure to come by my blog for the great story of how I revealed this to my unsuspecting husband over at Flipping the Flip!

Next, tacking it to the wall time. I did not plan the vertical seams but I did want an eighth of an inch between each horizontal seam. Easiest, most consistent way to get that? A free paint stirrer.


I have all sorts of great tips on this project, like how I got around the outlet and the light fixture so click the link below to be in the know!

It took a lot of trimming, to say the least. If you don't have a pneumatic nailer, either borrow from a pal or rent from a hardware store.

And there it is! Definitely a high end look on a budget!


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  • Bob
    on Aug 2, 2020

    Love the idea and the look, What would you suggest if the lathe is going to butt up against a tub/shower enclosure? ( it is the Fiberglas king with a shower curtain. The shower is used heavily on a daily basis . So I guess my question is ; how would you suggest to finish the ends that end at the shower/tub? Then what would you suggest to use on the lathe to protect from the amount of water, steam, condensation? How exactly did you finish around outlet and light switch ?

  • Alyssia Trigg-DiAmparo
    on Aug 2, 2020

    Someone may have asked, but is the woodstain waterproof? Just curious because it is behind the toilet.

    • Stain in itself isn’t waterproof, maybe a little resistant but if water is a concern (it’s not here as we don’t use this bathroom often), you can seal the wood with polyurethane.

  • Laurie Kilts
    on Oct 8, 2020

    what is the difference between shiplap and this? Is it the size of the individual pieces of wood? I have always wanted to do a ship-lap wall, should I seal all sides of my plywood strips as well?


    • Shiplap is meant to mimic how ships were built while this is thin wood lath with a wider gap and not meant to create a shiplap effect.


      It depends on what room you’re putting the wood (living room vs a bathroom, say) and whether you buy pre-made shiplap or create your own, and what type of wood if you create your own.

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  • Lisa
    on Aug 4, 2020

    That looks beautiful! What a fun idea!

  • Gina S.
    on Aug 5, 2020

    You've have accomplished something that is amazingly beautiful. It's cost effective and no one will ever know that you didn't brake the bank. I have a water room in my master suite which I'm the only one who utilizes it so I may just try this. Thank you for sharing.

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