Faux Shiplap Bathroom Makeover

by Christina
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Shiplap is a huge trend right now thanks to Joanna Gaines who I love by the way! I decided to include it in the bathroom makeover I was doing by creating a faux shiplap out of plywood.
The before was plain jane with a basic unframed mirror and light fixture, and an over the toilet cabinet. There was nothing fancy about it so the mirror came down along with the cabinet.
1/4" plywood was cut into strips and attached to the wall with a nail gun. I used a nickel for spacing in between them.
Instead of using one light fixture, my husband added wiring for 2 sconces. I continued the faux shiplap around the whole bathroom and then it was primed and painted Muslin White. I also spray painted the new light sconces with Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
Once the shiplap was finished, I stripped the golden oak cabinet and re-stained with Weathered Oak Stain by Minwax. A small amount of Varathane Gray Stain was wiped on to give it more of a weathered look.
Once the mirror was up, shelves were added, new hardware and faucet installed, it all came together! The faux shiplap adds a layer of texture that brings some character to the bathroom. For a detailed look at the faux shiplap tutorial, visit my blog Mommy's Tool Belt to get the how to! The reveal also shows more before and after pictures so check it out! http://www.mommystoolbelt.com/bathroom-reveal
Suggested materials:
  • Plywood   (Home Depot)
  • Muslin White Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Primer   (Home Depot)
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  • Audra Audra on Nov 20, 2016
    Hi! I'm currently doing this same method in my bathroom renovation but I'm really concerned about the steam/ moisture from showering causing an issue. Just curious how are they holding up now that they've been up for a few months?
  • 33626419 33626419 on Jun 17, 2018

    Hey how wide were your boards and how did you float the outlets? Also how did you cut out for the sconces? Thanks!

  • Michelle Loewer Michelle Loewer on Jul 03, 2018

    Have you have any issues with the the plywood warping or getting mould on it from the humidity in the bathroom?

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  • Rsf14493471 Rsf14493471 on Nov 13, 2016
    Just wondering is ship lap good for the hot weather and bugs in the south. Thanks
    • Christina Christina on Nov 13, 2016
      That's where I found out about shiplap.. seeing it in the old houses on the show Fixer Upper!
  • Teri Roberts Teri Roberts on Dec 18, 2019

    I'm not seeing an answer Requarding damage to plywood from steam and humidy in bathrooms and I too would love to know. Thankyou