This bathroom makeover has been much needed and I love the look of our new DIY board and batten. Two years ago we moved into our 90’s home I knew all of our bathrooms needed a major facelift, but they fell to the bottom of the list while we reno’d our downstairs kitchen and living spaces. When our toilet broke after Logan’s Curious George birthday party, it gave us the push we needed to finally get it done.
The bathroom was painted dark green with blue and white “marble” linoleum floors and the original fixtures 🤢 Basically it all had to go so we had a complete bathroom makeover from ceiling to floors.
The floors were first. Originally we wanted tile, but opted to go with laminate we had leftover from reflooring our downstairs. Laminate isn’t ideal for a bathroom, but we ultimately went with it because it’s just a powder room and won’t have the extra splashes and moisture that comes with having a bath and/or shower. It was also a big money saver using supplies we already had. If we end up needing to change it later down the road, no big deal.
Matt installed the floor over the weekend and next up was the paint. Again, we used supplies from the house and I was able to use up the last of our white and yellow Lifemaster Dulux paint. I love the yellow and white combo because it brings so much light and personality which is exactly what this tight space needed.
Next was the DIY board and batten and it was surprisingly affordable to do. Under $50 for all of the board and batten supplies and an additional $25 for the baseboard and door trim. We used basic flat fibreboard in these sizes:
- 1 x 4 for the door trim and baseboard
- 1 x 3 for the top rail of the DIY board and batten
- 1 x 2 for the vertical battens of the DIY board and batten
The install was quick and easy and took only a couple of hours to complete, and that’s including dealing with the kiddo wanting to get involved. After lots of measuring and testing Matt marked and cut all of the pieces with a table saw. We used a laser level and a nail gun to secure everything to the wall starting with the top rail then moving to the verticle battens.
The main trick I learned is to base your spacing off of your room. You can avoid awkward placement with outlets, vents, wall edges, etc, if you just take a bit of time to lay things out. Originally I wanted 12 inch spacing, but ended up going with 14 inch so it lined up better with the room and didn’t run through the toilet paper holder.
Prepping for painting was the hardest part of the DIY board and batten. With so many corners it was difficult to secure the tape and I’m not happy with how crisp the lines are between the batten and the wall. If I were to do it over I would either paint it beforehand and touch up the nail holes, or freehand it, because it took way too long to tape it off for the result. Keep in mind I’m no professional painter and maybe I just need to get better at taping 😂
We went with white fronts and simple hardware for the cabinet, letting the paint colour and custom pieces show the personality of the bathroom. The faucet and light fixture are both from Amazon, one of my favourite places for getting small home fixtures. We kept the original mirror, but I’m planning a framing project for it and another mirror in our house.
The rest of the decor is a little more custom. A friend made the bathroom sign based on inspiration I found on Pinterest. The shelf is made from lumber we had lying around and stained in a dark walnut, and the vases are from a thrift store filled with some greenery from our yard. The images in the frames on the wall are of places that are important to us including Lizard Lake, Nukusp, Dawson City, and the Fisgard Lighthouse.
It was a lot of fun doing this DIY board and batten bathroom makeover. Now what was once my least favourite room in the house is one of my favourites!