Use Plywood Strips to Create a Statement Wall

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I’m not one to display toilet paper on shelves behind my toilet on the wall. It might be for some but it’s not for me.

The wall behind the toilet always throws me for a loop. When I was doing this bathroom I wanted to do something different, so I decided to do a simple skinny lap feature.

Follow along with me and I will show you how I did it....

Materials and tools needed

  • black paint
  • painters tape
  • alder plywood
  • table saw
  • mitre saw
  • air nailer
  • Rubio monocoat smoke
Let’s get started:

The first thing I did was tape off the corners of the walls around the toilet since I was going to be painting this wall black.

I then painted the wall with two coats of black.

I measured out my space and determined I would need 23 -1” strips of alder plywood. The amount of pieces you will need will vary based on the size of space you are covering.

For my wall, 1” strips with a 1/4” spacing worked out perfect.

I ripped these down on my table saw. I also ripped down two 3” strips to run horizontal on the top and bottom.

*i had originally wanted to do the full length of the wall, but my toilet sat to close to the wall to be able to get the plywood behind, so I decided to stop right above the toilet tank.

I first air nailed the top horizontal piece on and then started doing the vertical piece. I did apply a small amount of adhesive to the back as well before I nailed them on.

To get even spacing I ripped a 1/4” strip of plywood with my table saw and I placed that as a spacer in between each strip as I secured it of the wall.

Once you have all the vertical strips up, put on the bottom horizontal piece.

I wanted to darken mine slightly, so I rubbed on Rubio monocoat in smoke with a rag. Rubio is usually meant for hardwoods but it did the trick for what I wanted.

Stand back and admire your work

I added some simple greenery to my wall and that’s it that’s all.

such a simple diy and it adds to much to the awkward wall behind the toilet.

if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me.

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cannot wait for our next DIY together



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  • Allyson Allyson on Jun 15, 2020

    How will you keep it clean? Looks like dust will be trapped in between the slats? Thoughts?

  • Scott Scott on Oct 04, 2020

    This looks great! What type of wall were you securing too? I'd like to try something similar on plasterboard but wondered if using tac nails / adhesive adhesive is sufficient to stop the strips falling off? And if in a bathroom (while not in direct contact with water) is there any issues with moisture from shower steam and humidity with wood warp or adhesion of glue? Any thoughts?

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