We recently went through a bathroom renovation and we did it all ourselves. The only thing that was left in the bathroom were the hardwood floors. Everything else was updated. One big new thing on my wish list for the bathroom was a horizontal planked wall! These beautiful walls are very, very popular right now and the look is clean and crisp and amazing! After showing Bobby tons of Pinterest pins of planked walls he caught the vision so we decided to plank one wall. I’m so excited to share with you the smart, easy way my hubby came up with to plank a wall… without spacing, gluing and a whole lot of measuring!
Here is the bathroom before. I was in my “Tuscan” phase 20 years ago!
The bathroom is more like the rest of our home now! I like to call it “refined farmhouse”. And the planked wall is a big part of that look!
Here’s the secret that made the planked wall so easy to install…
We bought a less than best grade, cheap, tongue-and-groove paneling and it was hung with the WRONG SIDE (or backside) of the plank FACING OUT!!! The side that would usually go against the wall, faced out! We did not want to see the beading of the boards but we wanted the ease the tongue-in-groove gives us to install.
In a moment of what I can only describe as “Fixer-Upper” brilliance, Bobby turned the boards to the wrong side and… Eureka! An easy way to hang horizontal planking was born in the lumber isle of G.R. Mitchell’s Home Improvement Store!
Installation is literally a SNAP! The tongue-in-groove planks snap into place and make their own perfect, little separations between each plank. So easy! No spacing!!!!
Wrong side tongue-in-grooved snapped together. Easy and perfect placement!!!!
- #2 (or grade 2) tongue-and-groove pine fencing (that’s what it was called in our local hardware store)
- quarter round molding
- Valspar Signature Paint + Primer We used a matte creamy white.
- 2 1/2 inch finishing nails
- hammer or nail gun
- hand saw, or miter or chop saw
- stud finder
- jig saw if you need to work around pipes, etc.
- countersink tool
- nail putty
1. Remove everything on or in front of the wall you want to plank. This includes baseboards and crown molding. (We left the toilet where it was and Bobby worked around it.
Find the studs on the wall and mark them off using a pencil, as shown. Measure the horizontal length of the wall.
2. Cut boards for one horizontal row of planks at a time. Begin planking at the bottom of the wall with the board resting against the floor. REMEMBER TO USE THE BACK (WRONG) SIDE OF THE BOARDS.The groove part of the board faced the floor. Nail the boards into the wall at the studs.
Our first board was laid as one 6 foot piece because that was the total length of our wall. The first couple of boards were hidden behind the toilet and the sink so staggering them did not matter.
3. For the remainder of each row of planks, cut the boards in different lengths. For our six foot wall we cut boards 18 inches and 36 inches. The boards were staggered, snapped into place and nailed into the studs in the wall. This process went pretty fast! Very easy to do!
4. For each row, snap the tongue into the grooved plank on the wall below it and make sure it fits snugly against the wall. Stagger the boards to give a pleasing look.
5. Nail the boards into the studs in the wall as you go.
6. Bobby used a jig saw to cut around the pipes for the sink. You won’t have to do any extra cutting if your wall is free from pipes and electrical sockets.
7. Continue working up the wall. You may need to cut the last row of planking board smaller to fit flush against the ceiling.
8. Measure the vertical length of the wall and cut a quarter round strip to fit. Nail it at against the planked wall at the corner. (The picture was taken after we painted the planked wall… we installed the quarter round before painting.)
9. Countersink and putty the nail holes and when the putty is dry sand to smooth. Paint the wall with a primer and a good paint. We used a matte paint and primer all-in-one. We used 3 coats to get a nice clean finish.
After the wall was planked and quarter round installed Bobby put new crown molding and baseboards in our little bathroom.
I’ve given you the hand-holding, step-by-step version of HOW TO PLANK A WALL THE EASY WAY! Hope this inspires you to create great walls in your home!!!!
We are working on another planked wall! Very different. I can’t wait to show it to you!
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