Powder Bathroom Plank Walls & A Sneak Peak

We’ve made a serious amount of progress in the powder bathroom. I pretty much couldn’t live with the house tore up any longer, so Anthony and I spent two nights working in there until 1:00 in the morning.

We might have had a bit of a motivation… seeing that his birthday was the 5th and we had family coming over to help us celebrate on Friday night. It helps to have a working bathroom.

I can’t wait to show you everything- it looks fabulous- but today I’m sharing the plank walls.

Anthony is always so hesitant about nailing that many boards and nails into our walls, but I’m always there to cheer him on. I can guarantee they’re going to be around for a long while. I am head over heels in love with them. We’ve already installed them in the breakfast nook and laundry room, so why not the powder bathroom?

It’s a great feeling when you finally find the style and look you love. I love planking. It makes everything seem a bit rustic and aged. Plus, it brings in a fabulous amount of texture and I’m a texture girl!

The progress pictures aren’t pretty. We were doing everything late at night, so no natural light.

Powder Bathroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

We installed the planks (which are 5 inches wide) 6 feet tall. We installed them on all the walls and I instantly loved it!

You can see our full tutorial here.

Powder Bathroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

We drilled around the plumbing for the sink…

Powder Bathroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

And then I got busy painting the walls behind and to the side of the vanity.

Powder Bathroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the walls were dry, we reinstalled the vanity. I’ll share more on the vanity soon!

Powder Bathroom Planking by The Wood Grain Cottage

I painted the planking with super white by benjamin moore. It’s the same color that we used on them in the laundry room.

Here’s a little sneak peak of our progress:

Powder Bathroom Plank Wall Sneak Peak by The Wood Grain Cottage

I can’t wait to show you more! This has been such a fun room to work on.

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage


  1. I am just redoing my bathroom downstairs. I inherited the plank board walls.(along with the popcorn ceilings). As I have been watching your post…looking at your laundry room. I decided to remove the popcorn(big mess) and paint the plank boards. Then I had the problem …what color do I use for the accessories???Thank goodness you decided to post pictures of your bathroom. Now I know. Use nickel . It looks so fresh. Honestly …it’s like you read my mind.. Thanks again!!!

    1. THANK YOU so much, Diane! I am so happy I’ve inspired you in your own home! It sounds like you have a fabulous base to work off of (-minus the popcorn ceilings, which are a total mess to remove!). Nickel looks fabulous with the planks and so does black or bronze. White is such a neutral ground, so anything goes!
      You will love it! 🙂

  2. Y’all are a talented couple…looking good guys, looking good!!! Love the sink counter top! Is that marble? How exciting…blessings & <3

  3. I’m loving it already and I haven’t even seen everything yet but you guys made a great work on the walls, I love it! 🙂 I like the faucet too! I’m sure this space will look beautiful after you guys are done Shayna!
    hope your hubby had a great birthday too! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU so much, Amy! I bet your planks vertically are awesome! I wanted the room to feel bigger, so we installed them horizontally! 😀

      1. They look ok, but i’d love them tons more horizontally, but for some reason I never even thought of it ~ Now i’m glad i’m following your decorating your beautiful home, because i’ll get tons of inspiration 😀

  4. Hi Shayna! I love your blog. Thanks for the great ideas. I have a question: do you have a favorite white paint that you use? I’m always worried about the white looking too stark, but yours looks great! Thanks! Kathy

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Kathy! I love Super White from Benjamin Moore. It’s a nice bright and crisp white, but not too stark. 😀
      I hope that helps!

  5. Hi there. I found your blog via a Google search on DIY wood planked walls in bathrooms. Gorgeous powder room. I was wondering how this was holding up now a year later behind the sink? Problems with mold or water soaking into wood? Seriously considering for one of our bathrooms and wondered your thoughts. Thanks for your time.

  6. Shayna:

    Love what you did with the powder room in your old house and the entryway in your new home. Question…Would you do the plank walls in a bathroom that has a shower? I would love to do this in an upstairs bathroom in my home. Unfortunately, we had a contractor remodel the upstairs (over 25 yrs ago) and he put skim coating on the walls, which looks like crap. So I would need to rip all the walls down and start all over again (not happening). I thought this would be a perfect solution but am concerned if I would be creating a mold problem…

    1. Thank you so much, Pat! I absolutely love the plank walls and wouldn’t worry about putting them in a bathroom. As long as the bathroom is well ventilated, and the shower doesn’t get the boards wet, I don’t think you will have any problems. The plank walls are great for hiding imperfections. 🙂

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