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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  • Jim Sterba Jim Sterba on Oct 17, 2021

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


  • Robin Robin 2 days ago

    That looks really beautiful, very, very impressive!

  • Mary Godwin Mary Godwin 2 days ago

    Did you have to cut them into different lengths or do they precut?

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  • It turned out gorgeous, can’t believe it’s lath. Very impressed! Thanks for sharing!

  • Darlin Darlin Yesterday

    I LOVE this so much, actually I have to say that I love this more than I do with the longer and wider wood. I also Love the B boards around the bottom half of the walls in almost any room. Thank you for sharing.

    • Oh thank you so much! I’m thrilled this idea excites you! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your nice compliments! Thanks!

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