Planking In The Master Bathroom

I’m back today with more progress in our master bathroom. We’ve been able to get several things completed, and it feels amazing! This room sat unfinished for months upon months, so seeing progress is wonderful.

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

One of my very favorite elements, is planking. That comes as no surprise to most of you, but if you’re new here, we love us some planking. We started by planking the wall in our breakfast nook several years ago, and have slowly continued adding more throughout several rooms in our home. It feels very cohesive now, which was my goal when we started adding the plank walls. I didn’t want just one plank wall in the house, but instead an even “flow” of them throughout the house. 

Planking in the master bathroom is our latest project, and I must say, it always brings in such an amazing vibe. It gives the walls texture, while providing the perfect backdrop. 

I reached a little bit outside of my normal “white” comfort zone, and painted the upper part of the wall black, Onyx by Benjamin Moore. Can I just tell you how much I am utterly in love with it? Be ready to see more black floating around the house, because it’s definitely going to happen. 🙂

To plank the walls, I knew I wanted them to stop somewhere around the height of the light switch, which with 6″ planks and taller trim, made the planking come up the wall to 52 1/2″. It’s the perfect height for the room.

We started our first plank at the bottom of the wall, right above our trim…

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

And continued planking the wall until we reached the last plank, right above the light switch…

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Anthony started planking the wall on the opposite side…

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

And did the back wall behind the toilet last, followed by the quarter round in each corner…

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

With all of that done, I went in and started filling the nail holes, and caulking the corners, seams, top, etc. 

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s always a messy job, but well worth it! 🙂 

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the caulking was dry, I painted the plank walls Super White by Benjamin Moore. The portion above the plank wall is White Dove (also Benjamin Moore), and the back wall is Onyx, by Benjamin Moore. Here’s a peek at how it turned out!

Planking In The Master Bathroom by The Wood Grain Cottage

Oh my! Do you see that lovely shelf? Just wait until I show you more… that’s the next installment in our little bathroom redo. There’s actually two shelves, and they have totally made this room!

I can’t wait to share more, really soon, but in the mean time I’m absolutely loving how everything is coming together! I’m like…


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  1. I love what you e done ❤️ Can’t wait to see it finished. I used some planking in my new build, along with some shiplap. Hubby doesn’t know it yet but I need more too! Did you use an eggshell finish to you onyx and white paints? Thanks

    1. Hi Dianne! Thank you so much! 🙂 The sheen on the planks is a semi-gloss (it’s what I had on hand, and looks nice on planking), and the rest of the paint are done in eggshell. I hope that helps! 🙂

  2. This looks fantastic! I’m wondering what sort of wood you used and where you found it. Also, can you tell me the difference between planking and shiplap? I’m doing our bath much the same as well as our kitchen ceiling. I was calling it shiplap.


  3. Wow. I cannot believe how much you’ve done since revealing your health problems and yet you move forward. You’ve really gotten a sense of what you like and how nicely your home looks!!

  4. Seems like plankin and shiplappin is all the rage ! I was glad to hear that you have done a few walls throughout your house….I have a list of walls that will be getting this treatment this year as well and with our open floor plan I think doing a wall here and there will make it all flow together as well. Our wall color is Grey Owl by BM…i was hoping that it will look okay with white shiplap. I really don’t want to paint all the walls white….hmmm. what do you think ? Love love the way the bathroom is turning out!

    1. Thank you so much, Dawna! Yes, I would also say planking or shiplap is very popular, and for good reason: it’s beautiful! 🙂
      I do think your Gray Owl (love that color by the way!) will look wonderful with white shiplap. It will be lovely! I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Sandra! Thank you so much! 🙂 For the material, we used 1/4″ underlayment material we purchase at Home Depot, in a 4′ x 8′ sheet. We then rip it down to 6″ pieces on our table saw. Planking is a bit different from shiplap, and even tongue and groove. My friend, Layla, shows the difference here:
      I hope that helps! 🙂

  5. I’m going to be using planking or *shiplap look* in my dinette area to cover up my wallpaper! Exactly what we needed! Originally was going to beadboard, but love the shiplap look. I’m painting mine the same color as my existing walls. Who says *shiplap* can only be painted white! Hope mine looks as great as yours!

    1. Hi there! We had enough space behind the toilet to slide the pieces of underlayment behind it. To paint as much of it as I could, I put saran wrap on the toilet tank and used my paint brush to reach as far behind it as I could. I hope that helps! 🙂

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