Bathroom Wainscoting (finally!)

Care to take a stroll down memory lane?! When the bathroom was in it's blue glory days. There was clearly a renovation at the peak of the monotone colored bathroom days. After looking at so many houses there was clearly a pamphlet with "would you like an all blue, pink, or yellow bathroom we have JUST the tile for ya (and matching tub/toilet/vanity)!"

The bathroom was riddled with mold and water damage, and the shower head was fit for the 5' and under we knew walls would be coming down in here. It was pretty cool to see, once we had everything ripped out, that at one point there had to have been a tub (probably claw foot...WHYYY did they remove it!) in it's place with a radiator at the foot of it. The dangling cut pipes in the walls were a dead give away.

The tub was leaking into the kitchen, which wasn't ideal, and the window was one shower away from crumbling out the side of the house. SO! we ripped it apart.


 OK, so we tiled the floor and the shower, installed the vanity and toilet and......stalled. Mainly because I hate trim, especially in an old house where nothing is straight and I have to Macgyver solutions.

We wanted to put wainscoting over the old tile glue. It wasn't the prettiest wall treatment, and bead board is clean, water resistant, and doesn't involve us having to tear down MORE plaster walls. Because, we are SO over that.

Something i've learned in a house that is not level, caulk is your BFFL.

SO, first I cut a piece of trim for the door and floor molding. We got a new miter saw as a wedding gift and I LOVE IT. Using it was further encouragement to finish this project...

The panels had a tongue and groove system on each end, so they locked into each other. I added some construction adhesive to the back of them, then after stacking a few  I put in a few nails with a nail gun to keep it in place.  

Then, I added ALL the caulk, to the edges, joints, and nail holes. Sidenote: although the packaging said to use caulk for the nail holes, i'd use woodglue next time. It shrunk too much and showed the holes still after a few applications.


I used a Dremel to cut small holes in the panels for the electrical (we will be installing electric heat in the bathroom), and the sink pipes...still pretty amazed that I measured the location of those holes right the first time *pats self on back*.

Then I added a piece of trim around the edge, using my nail gun (love that thing), and caulk. 

Finally! Time for paint! The panels come in a prepainted white, however it was a little creamier than the white that would be the trim, which would have bothered me. So I painted it the same color, 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint.

During that time, I also started working on the walls, which were in rough shape, I took off the remaining pieces of wall paper, washed and sanded them down.  I also replaced the light fixture, mainly because it was so huge and the bulbs were SO hot that whenever I worked close to it I couldn't stop's what it looked like, light is turned off because when it's on it has the light capacity of a million suns. Or so it feels...

Photographing light fixtures is impossible, just trust me it's better than before :)

Wall color is Revere Pewter (love the color, used it in the master bedroom as well), Trim is Polar Bear.

OMG, much better.

SO, what's left for this room? Still working on some patching on the ceiling, then that'll need a coat of paint. Then it's just hanging some pictures & towel hooks, and installing the heater before winter! We have noodled the idea of a glass shower door as well, so that may be in the cards...down the road.

All in a weekends work!

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