bathroom refresh ~ the walls

Happy Thursday, sweet friends!!!

I’ve been working on my boys’ bathroom for what seems like months, in reality, it’s only been a few weeks. I keep starting, but can’t seem to finish, because I get distracted with other projects. I am determined to get this space completely done by the end of this week!

Today, I want to show y’all what I have done on the walls, skinny lap and simple panels…

The skinny lap ended up being less than $15! I only used five 2x4s, cut (using a table saw) into 1/4in strips.

I used nickels to space each board.

I finished it off with a three inch strip of 1/4in mdf.

Now time to paint….

My original plan was to add a stencil on the top part of the wall, just above the skinny lap. I started on a small area of the wall…

So soft and so subtle! I liked it, but my boys didn’t, so I came up with something else.

I decided to add some simple panels made from half round trim. I made these panels by cutting 45 degree angles with my miter saw. If you want some tips and tricks for cutting moldings, you can click HERE to check out a blog post that I wrote about cutting and adding moldings. I started by taping (using painters tape) one panel to the wall, just to make sure that I liked it, before I committed.

I liked the panel, so I grabbed my nail gun, and went for it!

Then, I decided to add one more piece of half round trim across the entire wall (I taped it up first, just to make sure)…

I caulked the edges, filled the nail holes, and painted the panels.

The color that I used is a Benjamin Moore color, called “soft chamois”

What’s left to do in this space?

• Clean up all of the paint that I carelessly splattered on the floors. So fun, right?!!

• faucet

•light fixture

• rug

• finishing details (my favorite part!)

I’m hoping to get this done soon so I can show y’all the entire space! I’m excited!


Now, let’s hop over to Tara’s blog to see what she has done on the walls of her kids bathroom. Simply click on the picture below…


Thank YOU so much for visiting my blog!!

Hope y’all have a wonderful day, full of sunshine and happiness!


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  1. I love your projects. I never seen the thin strips to use on the wall like you shown. Neat, I like that a lot. Your walls look wonderful and the boys will love their new bathroom.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  2. I absolutely love what you’ve done in this bathroom so far! The stencil looks so lacy but perhaps that is why your boys didn’t like it. I think it would be amazing to combine those colors with a stencil in some other space though. Anyways love the panels you created. So timeless. I’m so happy you’re doing this project “with” me!

    1. It’s been so much fun working on these bathrooms together!! It will be awesome to get them finished!

  3. Emily, this turned out great! I love the skinny shiplap and the texture it adds! Can’t wait to see the full reveal!

    1. You’re so sweet!! Thank you!

  4. This looks amazing! I can’t believe how little the shiplap look cost. Now I’m inspired!

    1. Thank you!!! I was super excited about how inexpensive it all was!!

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