Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Powder room planks

Well, we are moving right along on this mostly DIY powder room reno.
I last shared how we had tiled over the existing tile (you can read about that here).
Since then, the tile has been grouted and the bottom half of the walls have been planked.

We did this planking job a little bit differently than the one we did in our master bedroom (read about that here).
Since we only planked halfway up the walls in here, we needed to add a trim at the top.
We picked out a simple one because we felt like there is already a lot going on with the hexagon tile. A fancy elaborate trim would probably have been too much.

Also, since we tiled right up to the existing woodwork, we added quarter rounds to it so that it would have more of a finished look.

Unlike our bedroom which has perfectly spaced planks, I wanted to try a more rustic and less uniform look in here. Some planks are practically touching, some have a penny-sized gap. They are all a little different and I like it that way in here.
You can see the variation in the pictures below:

We also installed these planks a little differently than we did in our bedroom.
Because we live in the Northeast and there are temperature extremes (freezing cold in the winter and hot in the summer), we experienced some expanding and shrinking with our bedroom planks. That resulted in some cracks between planks and some bowing. To fix that, we had to re-caulk some spots and add extra nails here and there after the fact which was a little annoying.

This time, in addition to nails, we also glued the planks to the wall.
So, these babies hopefully aren't going anywhere!

All in all, it was a pretty quick DIY job.
Chris measured and cut the planks.
I glued, he nailed, I painted.
We both spackled the nail holes and caulked the corners and the edges.
Charlie cheered us on from his pack 'n play!
Bam, done in a couple of days.

Next up for this space is picking a paint for the top half of the wall. 
Will share more once it is done!

- Caitlin


  1. Beautiful! May I ask the tile source and grout manufacturer/color?

    1. Thanks! Tile is from The Tile Shop and is the 3x3 carrara marble hex (here's the link: http://www.tileshop.com/product/hampton+carrara+hex+3+x+3+in.do). They have promotions a lot so we got all the tile 30% off. The grout is by Simple Grout purchased at Home Depot and the color is called Delorean Gray.

  2. Thanks so much for the info, Caitlin!

  3. Looks great! What did you use to seal the tile and when did you apply it? We are looking at same tile/grout and I just want to make sure we do it right and our tile looks white still (like yours). Thanks!

    1. Hi we actually haven't sealed the tile. I know we probably should but just haven't gotten around to it yet. There doesn't seem to be any problems or changes despite cleaning and foot traffic. It is a powder bathroom so there's no moisture from a tub or shower. Hope this helps and good luck with your project!


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