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Painted Shiplap in the Bathroom

by - Monday, October 24, 2016

Do you have any shiplap in your house? Whether you're using real shiplap boards, or DIYing a faux shiplap look, the popularity of this wall treatment style doesn't show any signs of waning. We were so thrilled with the natural shiplap in our cottage living room that we decided to put it in the main bathroom as well. Before you embark on a shiplap project though, you'll want to check out this post on What You Need to Know Before You DIY Shiplap.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass sconce | shiplap bathroom accent wall

Can shiplap be used in a bathroom?

As with any material, you'll want to consider the suitability of the material for the environment. For this faux shiplap, we followed the same steps as in our living room shiplap and made it out of plywood cut into planks. Bathrooms are wet environments and any building material can be damaged if water is able to penetrate the surface. Ensure that you have good ventilation and that your material is properly sealed (with sealants or suitable paint) and you should be fine.

What width is shiplap? 

If you're creating your own DIY shiplap, the answer is it depends! You'll want your shiplap width proportional to the size of the room. In this bathroom, we used 6" wide planks. It prevents this walls from looking too busy and creates that country look suitable for the cottage. If the room was bigger or had taller ceilings, we might have considered wider planks.

What is the shiplap gap size?

I love how the horizontal gaps are really pronounced. We spaced the planks out with a 1/4" gap in between. We decided to paint the shiplap in Sing Time P5221-34D by PARA Paints in a satin finish. The colour is a mid-tone grey with a hint of green. This bathroom has no natural light so there's a bit of a yellow cast in these photos. The paint provides an unexpected hit of colour in our mostly all-white cottage.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass sconce |

The large wood mirror (STABEKK from Ikea) warms up the grey scheme. It also repeats the wood tone found in other elements around the cottage, like the railing.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, woods shower curtain |

Speaking of woods, our shower curtain (Nordic Forest from Simons) is reminiscent of the famous Cole And Son Woods wallpaper. Our cottage is surrounded by trees so it was a fitting choice.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, industrial bathroom hardware |

The bathroom hardware has an industrial feel. You could totally DIY something similar out of plumbing parts. 

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass double sconce |

My favourite element though is the double sconce light fixture. I love the mix of milk glass, brass, and aged steel. I first tried these with Edison bulbs but they didn't give off enough light. So I switched them with the globe bulbs that came from the strip lighting that the builder had originally installed in this bathroom. They're pretty cute.

We were glad to have this bathroom finished because the cottage is all closed up for the season now. We didn't get to everything we planned to but I'm not too disappointed. It was an awesome first summer at the cottage!


Looking for more shiplap and wall treatments? Check out these posts:

What You Need To Know Before You DIY Shiplap

A Modern Coastal Craft Room

A Cottage Bathroom Redone

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