I have a half bathroom in our house that was quite honestly boring. I think most half baths are boring because of their size, and they don’t always get a lot of use. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram for long, you know I’m the queen of “extra”, and so I knew I had to do something in this room to make it “extra”. My friend, Christine, did a complete makeover in Jordan Page’s office and I fell IN LOVE with her accent wall. So I thought why not give it a try here!
This project was WAY more tedious than I anticipated it to be. Altogether, I had 12 hours in cutting & nailing, 9 hours in caulking, 3 hours in wood filling, 2 hours in painting, an hour in drawing an art piece, plus undocumented time installing a new vanity and hooking up the plumbing. But it was 100% worth it.
- Miter saw
- Brad nailer (air nail gun)
- 1X2 boards (pine or common- if using common, double check them to make sure they are straight!)
- Wood filler
- Sand paper
- Brad nails
- Measure out your lines. Decide the distance you want and make your markings on the wall. For this project, I used a grouping of three 1X2 boards and then spaced them 1 inch a part. Then I did 24 inches in between each grouping of three. Personally, I started with the vertical boards first, and then did the horizontal boards second (you will make more cuts for your horizontal boards).
- Once all my 1×2 boards were nailed, I decided to add an extra 1/2 inch accent grid to the center of my plaid grid. This step is 100% optional.
- Next, you need to caulk ALL the seams. TIP: keep baby wipes handy! Take your caulk gun and make a bead along the seam, and then smooth with your finger tip. Wipe any excess with the baby wipe!
- Use your wood filler to fill all your nail holes. Again, this is a very tedious step but will make all the difference in making your project look professional!
- Sand all your boards to make sure your wood filler is level with the board and not “chunky”. This will make your boards appear seamless!
- Prime & Paint! I tried out several samples of green paint for this project, but ending up using Dried Thyme from Sherwin Williams. It was better than I imagined it would be!
The GREEN. It was the perfect moody, dramatic color I was looking for! Plus, it’s so fun to play around with colors in small spaces like this!
If you were following along on Instagram, you know that I didn’t originally plan to replace the builder grade vanity. However, I cracked it when I was taking down the old mirror- so it was meant to be! And, how beautiful is this new vanity?! I am in LOVE!
AND, to be just a little “extra”, I grabbed some scraps from the garage and threw this little step stool together! Now the girls can wash their hands without my help!