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!

Be sure to click the link below for all those hot tips, the fun story, and all sorts of other great stuff!
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  • Cathy
    on Nov 5, 2019

    Im thinking this might work to use as a wainscoting in my living room. I have wood floors and I think they would look lovely together. But how would you keep the rough wood from collecting dust?

    • Cheryl Kennedy-Jones
      on Nov 16, 2019

      Sand it before you paint it. Might have to sand again after the first coat of paint because bare wood absorbs the first coat but this will give you a smooth finish.

  • Cathy
    on Nov 5, 2019

    My walls are white. Would the white show in the tiny gaps?

    • Mike Crispen
      on Nov 9, 2019

      If you have a gap, yes your white walls will shine through. t will look better with a dark paint behind it regardless of where you install this type of wall. Sure is purdy aint it?

  • Karyn
    on Nov 18, 2019

    Is it ok if main bathroom and daily showering?

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