I want to fix wall in my small bathroom and need help

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I had put mirror tiles on a wall in a small bathroom years ago...Removed them recently and the wall is very damaged. I wanted to put shiplap on, but my hubby got a sheet of panel that looks like individual pieces but....the wood is so rough and splintery.. It is not real thick either. Got to work with what he put up... How should I prepare it for painting or staining?. It is so rough..
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  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on May 30, 2016
    Sand, sand, sand. If you don't already have a power sander, buy one. Use coarse, then medium, then fine sandpaper. When it's smooth, apply primer with a good quality brush, then use an enamel paint that is actually intended for metal. I do this as often as possible as it's more durable, or use a marine paint. Could what your husband chose be beadboard?

  • Sharon Poff Sharon Poff on May 30, 2016
    I truly appreciate you taking time to talk with me. Sanding is all I knew to do but thought I would ask. Now the enamel paint is a great suggestion and will do this. Not beadboard as I know it. I have several rooms with that. Some of my beadboard was rough also but this is truly rougher. Poor husband felt he knew what I wanted and he did but since he is not working on it did not consider the sanding.. To get him to help is a challenge and I wont tell him about it.. lol... Again thank you

  • Kathy Compton Kathy Compton on May 31, 2016
    Suellen said it all, didn't miss a beat! Be patient, the prep will take longer than the painting, good luck!

  • Jennie Herrick Jennie Herrick on May 31, 2016
    Sounds to me like the only thing you can do is to break out the sand paper and sand it. Make sure you start with a rougher grits and paper and work downtown lowest grit sandpaper. I'm sure everything will turn out just fine. Especially if you have fun while you do it!!

  • Karen V Karen V on May 31, 2016
    Nothing new to add, just agree with all previous answers!

  • Lou Camp Lou Camp on May 31, 2016
    I had a wall that didn't look great. I decided I could always redo if need be, but I put fine sand in a primer and paint in one and rolled it on. Had to dab some places with sponge. Works for me!

  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 31, 2016
    All those steps of sanding seem your only way out, except two other options,...sell the house, and/or sell the husband. )~

    • Lee Govan Lee Govan on May 31, 2016
      @Johnchip Great suggestion I like the way you think, but isn't that taking the creativity part out ?

  • Sharon Poff Sharon Poff on May 31, 2016
    wow great idea.

  • Patty Patty on May 31, 2016
    It is always easier if you can sand and prime before installing, but since your hubby has already installed then you have to go with the flow and start sanding. Everyone above is right sand starting with rough grit, medium then fine. It won't be as bad as it sounds all you have to do is start. It will be well worth it when you are done. Good luck.

  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on May 31, 2016
    You could texture the wood and then paint it. (Unless you like the wood look.)

  • Lee Govan Lee Govan on May 31, 2016
    Depending on you style, you may be able to burn and wire brush it to remove the splinter finish and will really bring out the grain. Keep a spray bottle of water in hand to spritz as you go, just in case.

  • Sharon Poff Sharon Poff on Jun 01, 2016
    I really like the wood.. thanks

  • Sharon Poff Sharon Poff on Jun 01, 2016
    thank you so much.. The information I have received has been so great.. Going to start tomorrow with the sanding. as directed.

  • Sharon Poff Sharon Poff on Jun 01, 2016
    thank you for taking the time to respond.. I will start sanding today..