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DIY Shiplap on Bathroom Walls "How-to" Style Tutorial Video for Restroom Upgrade Remodel

After redoing the vanity, floor, sink, faucet, heater/light and shower it was time to shiplap the walls.

I bought the 4 X 8 sheets and ripped them into 8 inch wide planks. This took two people using the Ryobi Table saw on it's stand.

RYOBI 15 Amp 10 in. Expanded Capacity Table Saw With Rolling Stand:

I used my Dewalt Chopsaw to cut the planks into the shorter desired lengths.

This battery powered brad nailer is what I've used most of the time for nailing down shiplap on various projects. If I didn't use this I'd probably use some finishing nails. Here is a paid link to one:

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Brad Nailer Kit, 18GA (CMCN618C1):

I start at the bottom and work my way up.

This picture shows the very first piece of this job in the installed condition. I like how this shiplap covers up old rough paint and all the years of accumulated imperfections making it look like a new wall.

Some of the tougher spots to get to are behind the toilet and light fixtures. Special cuts are necessary around round protrusions such as light fixture bases and water supply valves.

For my specialty cuts I like to use this Porter Cable Oscillating tool. Here's a paid link to it:

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Oscillating Tool with 11-Piece Accessories, Tool Only (PCC710B):

This was a piece that was to be installed around the sink. I mark it out with a pencil before cutting it with my oscillating tool.

Here is that exact same piece installed to the left of the sink showing it's cutout for the lip of the sink.

The light fixture was similar to the sink piece in that I had to make a couple of specialty cut outs. I made it so the vertical seam fell on the midpoint of the light fixture's back cover. I just had to make sure that the openings cut into the shiplap board was smaller than the back cover of the light fixture.

Once the shiplap was complete I installed small white trim around the ceiling border.

Then it was time to paint it. We tapped off everything so as not to get any paint on surrounding items before starting the paint.

All done. This is a cheap and easy way to go if you want to have a nice new look to your bathroom walls or any walls for that matter.


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