Best wood for covering plaster walls?

Suzanne Allison
by Suzanne Allison
We have a mudroom/laundryroom that is plaster walls. We are doing a colored concrete floor and would like to go over the plaster walls with wood of some sort to create a cabin feel. Does anyone know a reasonably priced wood that would be a good fit for this project?
  6 answers
  • What a great space. Your options are endless! You can go with a shiplap style, or even something like a knotty pine paneling.

    Time for a shopping trip! Before deciding, I would make the rounds of local stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Floor & Decor or any local shops that sell decorator finishing. You can research up the wazoo on line, but everything looks much different in person. Make sure you have the measurements of your walls with you in case you fall in love with something, then you can purchase on the spot and not have to make a second trip.

  • Imjhale Imjhale on Jun 15, 2018

    I'm not a wood expert, and I'm not a fan AT ALL of wood paneling, but...A while back I was at a discount cabinet shop and saw some very interesting (real and faux) wood paneling. Different finishes and textures were available. I remember thinking "this isn't what i grew up with as a kid!" or painted as an adult. (Ugh!) I thought I would use it on a craft or home project one day. Don't forget that it can be hung horizontally and trimmed to your individual taste.

    Good luck

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jun 15, 2018

    Naomie pretty much said it all. I like the shiplap idea, also.

  • Emily Emily on Jun 16, 2018

    We actually cherish the plaster walls in our old house. While I admire many wood treated walls doing so over plaster will definitely ruin the plaster, should you ever tire of the wood.

  • Tulsa Gwamah Tulsa Gwamah on Jun 16, 2018

    Also you need to decide as to whether you want rustic, polished look or somewhere in between. You can make some really interesting designs with pallet slats and there are numerous avenues where you can get the pallets for free. You will have to dismantle them down to their basis components, if you go with the paneling look or, if your laundry room is large enough you might want to just hang them on the walls as they are and make shelves of hanging spaces utilizing the spacing of the slats of the pallets. Pallet wood projects are so varied that the possibilities are endless. Check out the following web site for an example of how one DIYer used pallets.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jul 02, 2018

    I realize I’m late to the game, but I’m with Emily , in that you will be decimating the walls. The worlds, and your tastes change. All paneling will make you crazy one day.

    Id suggest taking the longest wall, putting plywood or MDF on it, then covering it with the shiplap or whatever. You only need a few screws/nails to put the panels over the plaster. Attach your multiple, hundred nail boards onto that. When you’re tired of it you can tear a whole section down at a time.

    Paint the other walls dramatically, or there are all sorts of clever, woodsy wallpapers/covers out there.