Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
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 project, but I have so many ask about it so I thought I had better share! These images come from our Instagram video tutorial that you can watch here.
First off, 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 come water resistant which can be really great for a bathroom.
Before we get start, here is what the bathroom looked like before:
And here is the after shot:
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.
Measure the width of you wall. Take into account different lengths and spaces. My wall was super basic and each piece was the same length, about 3 1/2 feet long. I used my circular saw to cut all my strips. If you have to cut special pieces you can use your jig saw.
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 liquid nails as well, but it makes it pretty permanent. You will tear off some of your sheet rock to remove it.
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 first 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 inserted 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. You can removed the toilet but we happened to come up with a different way. Mike attached a chunk of strips together and then shimmied them down 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 a lot of character in this space and was fairly inexpensive.
Here is a link to other wood wall posts I have done including shiplap and peel-n-stick wood planks!
Let us know if you have any questions! Good luck!