High End Wall on a DIY Budget

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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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  • Vik24238980 Vik24238980 3 days ago

    That is so pretty. How do you clean it though? Wood is so porous, did you seal it with anything? And how about those one-eighth inch cracks? We all know about how bathroom particulates (aka toilet plume) have a 6 foot radius. I'm going to try to figure this out, because I love the look. You did a great job!

  • Why is lathe so impossible to get at my Home Depot?? Not even available on line. I’ve actually never seen it available. Very frustrating. Love your beautiful bathroom!

  • Jim Sterba Jim Sterba 2 days ago

    I like the look. But what happened to the mirror that was behind the sink?


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  • Fri53311633 Fri53311633 2 days ago

    It looks so good. It turned out very well. Inspiring. Faith Friedrich

  • Sandy Kronberger Sandy Kronberger 2 days ago

    I love the rustic look for all sorts of stuff. I have purchased many bundles of lathe in the past for keeping a tarp or plastic sheeting held down. Some bundles are better than others. The "fuzzy" kind, which are made from poplar wood, are usually of very poor quality, are different thicknesses and many are too warped for a project like this. The better quality ones are smoother and not warped as much. You could also use furring strips, but there again you'd have to hand pick them from the lumber store to avoid warped ones. Get the ones with the rounded edges for a project like this. You will need longer staples too. If you have a bandsaw or table saw, you could rip down some 2x4's and make your own.