DIY Coastal Planked Wall

10 Materials
2 Days
We started out with a dingy, dark tan half bathroom painted by the previous owners. We knew we wanted to do something unique with the space and something that would brighten it up. Today I want to show you how we turned our bathroom into a fun room with my DIY Coastal Planked Wall tutorial using Plaid Crafts' FolkArt Milk Paint.

Here's the BEFORE when my husband started painting the walls. The dark tan is shown in the picture and we started by painting the walls Alabaster White.

We started by using tongue and groove unfinished wood planking and cutting it to our wall's 36" width. From there, we nailed them onto the wall, then came the fun part of painting.

I detailed more about my choice of painting on my blog, but I wanted to create a weathered look so I mixed different colors and textures on the wall using different FolkArt Paints.

I worked down the wall one plank at a time, sometimes skipping a few down to use the same color again.

The FolkArt Milk Paint is the paint that I used and really goes on like a stain, but with a nice milky finish and GREAT colors!

And here's the finished product!

Stop by my blog to see ALL the details and my tips on making this project easier and successful!

Abbey D
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  • Dawn Vecchiarino Dawn Vecchiarino on Jan 30, 2019

    Would adding the paint to a glaze make it more durable?

  • Linda Linda on May 28, 2019

    What is the purpose of painting the wall?

  • Beth Beth on Feb 15, 2021

    I love the idea. Would it have been easier to dry fit and them paint before putting the wood on the wall?


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  • K M A K M A on Jan 07, 2021

    Would look nicer with a vertical trim piece in each corner.

  • In our guest bath we had to tear out all the walls after we found termites! So all shiplap and I got bored with white so basically painted the same way! I did go over it with glaze to tone down and give it a older beachy look! We also took out the closet framing with the 15" door and put in the shelves.