Our goal was to make this cottage look like it has been here a long time… with different trim around the windows, bead board walls, antique fireplace mantel, etc. We hung bead board in the kitchen a few weeks ago. And we love it so much that we are going to continue the bead board all the way down that same wall. Different wall textures make it so much more interesting. So basically we are practicing in the cottage to get ready for the house. We were strolling through Menards to get some supplies for another project. I spotted a pile of bundled lath boards. And I thought they looked so cool together and wondered if we could create an wood lath accent wall in the bathroom behind the vanity.
So…. we decided to give it a try.
I believe they were around $10-11 per bundle which each bundle had around 50 pieces each. Our ceilings are 10 feet tall so we bought 5 bundles. I still wasn’t sure if this would be neat or really janky. ???? We really picked through the bundles and made sure that we were getting the really straight and less damaged pieces. Because lath boards are very light weight and cheapy looking, but I loved the texture.
We started by marking every stud on the wall by drawing a line from ceiling to floor. And then cut lots of the boards different sizes to be able to attach each end to a stud. We knew since they were very cheap boards, they may bow if we didn’t get each end attached to a stud.
It went very quickly after we got a pattern down. I could see the pattern easier and faster. So I had the job of handing Deb each board to attach with an air nailer.
Still questioning my decision, we continued. The farther down we got on this lath board wall, the better I started liking it.
We gave the wall a light sanding to remove any splinters. I coated the lath board wall with oil based primer. And then I gave the wall two coats of the same white that we will be painting all of the trim in the house. The color is white, right off the shelf – no mixing, in a satin finish.
I absolutely love how this lath wall in the bathroom turned out. I got the perfect amount of texture… which is exactly what I wanted.
What do you think?