I love wood walls and really wanted one in my guest bathroom. But with so many boys running in and out of my house – I worried about cleaning it (if you know what I mean!😉). So I decided I would try laminate flooring for easy wipe down. Now after a year of use, I am ready to share that it works! Please excuse my dark photos – I wasn’t thinking “blog post” when I did this DIY, but I have so many ask about it so I thought I had better share!
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is “a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer.” Wiki link here
Laminate is easy to clean and has a smooth finish. If liquid is allowed to sit on it for long periods of time it can warp, just like any wood wall. But some laminates even come water resistant if you are especially worried.
Here is my 60 second video to watch the full process – you can pin this post for later as well!
Before and After:
- Laminate Flooring (I used Lakesure Pecan from Home Depot at .79 cents a square foot – steal!)
- Measuring tape
- Circular Saw
- Finish Nail Gun
- 1.5 inch Finish Nails
- Stud Finder
Step One – Pick Laminate
The Home Depot has tons of options at every price point. I was looking for inexpensive. Traffic Master has 3 colors at .79 cents a square foot. I snagged Lakeshore Pecan. It cost me under $40.00 to do my whole wall.
Measure your width and height, then multiply together for your square footage.
Step Two – Cut Your Laminate
My wall was super basic, so I used my circular saw to cut all my strips. If you have to cut special pieces you can use your jig saw.
Step Three – Prep Your Surface
You will wipe down your wall and then search for studs. Once found, make a vertical line down the wall so you can see where they are the whole time you are installing. You will need to place your nails into the studs or the laminate will not hold strong. You can use wood glue as well, but it makes it pretty permanent. You will tear off some of your sheet rock to remove it.
Step Four – Install
You will use your nail gun to install your 1.5 inch finish nails. These will make the holes so tiny that you won’t have to repair them.
Grab your ladder and level as well. You will want to make sure your strip is level. Matching it to the ceiling doesn’t always mean it will be straight.
Place your first strip up, make sure it’s level, then place a nail in the top and bottom of each stud area of the strip.
This brand of laminate had a hook style connection for each sheet to attach to the last one (most do). So I would insert the next piece into the installed piece and then pushed it down and nailed in place.
We taught my mom how to use the nail gun while she was visiting! She was so proud of herself!
Getting behind the toilet is hard. So Mike attached a chunk of strips together and then shimmied them behind the toilet before install. This made it SO fast and and easy.
He was pretty proud of himself 😂🙈.
And there you have it! A super easy wall that you can wipe down fast. It adds alot of character to a space!
Here is a link to other wood wall posts I have done including shiplap and peel-n-stick!
Let us know if you have any questions! Good luck!