When I got married, we decided to live in my apartment. The location was great, but it did need a little work.
And what needed the most work was our single bathroom.
As a single guy, I knew that the bathroom was bad (but I could still live with it).
Needles to say my wife had a very different opinion on what "tolerable" was.
So, with a tiny budget, I started to do the things I knew how:
- Changed the horrible yellow floating sink for a new sink with a cabinet .
- Changed the 1960's yellow toilet for a single piece one from Costco
- Put in a vinyl floor (the kind that comes in single pieces where you peel of the paper on the back that protects the glue).
The plaster had seen better days 10 years before I moved in. It looked more like the face of the moon that a wall. Add to that about 15 coats of paint that had peeled partially and irregularly of the walls...well it actually looked more like a a slab of Swiss cheese gone bad.
I tried to fix it, only to make maters worse. Me and plaster will never be friends. So I called a guy and he gave me an estimate of how much it would cost.
Not nice, not nice at all.
A few days later, I was cleaning out some old magazines when I saw a pic of a real nice wood paneled room when inspiration hit.
They would look great, and would be cheaper that re plastering the walls.
A little side note.
I did this almost six years ago, and as you can see, the panels still look as good as the day I put them up. One day I will have to re varnish but hopefully that's still a few years in the future (lot of other projects to spend my time on)
In the end, it cost about $300 to panel the bathroom, which was a lot less that having the walls re plastered and then having to paint them.
Step 1: Turning an Idea into a doable plan
I went to my neighborhood home improvement store and quickly found an inexpensive 3 ply plywood sheet that would fit the bill. The "nice" side was some really nice reddish wood.
The only problem was that there was no way I could use a complete sheet per wall, due to size mismatch.
I didn't like the idea of an asymmetrical panel on the wall, so after thinking about it a bit, I decided to cut the sheet down into wood tiles.
It proved to be a good idea, since it does look grand.
At the time, I still did not own a table saw, so I got the guy at the home improvement store to cut the wood down to size.