Half Bath Renovation: Shiplap + Pallet Boards

The blue walls, the faux cork floors, the old boxy vanity. . .The list of what is wrong with this bathroom could go on. For someone who does a lot of laundry (I have a husband and toddler AND the washer/dryer are attached to the half bath) I had to get cracking, and fast.

I could look at it no longer. This bathroom had to go.

#Demo day

We jumped right in, without a plan in mind, of course. In hindsight we should have waited until we had the entire plan ready, but I couldn’t walk into this bathroom without feeling anxiety.  We banished the vanity, pulled up the floors, and got rid of that popcorn ceiling. We pulled out the toilet for convenience while we work. We were left with a shell, which was all that was worth saving!

Back to Basics

We are basically working with a clean canvas at this point, so we started painting. We laid new wood floors and painted the walls a soft blue hue. We added trim around the window to brighten the room. Jared and Dad constructed these quickly and installed them all around the house.  

We are finally beginning to see our vision.

I <3 Shiplap

We purchased tongue and groove boards from Lowes and attached them to the bottom half of the wall. This project was pretty simple: bought boards, cut, sand, nailed in + wood filled, and painted white. We added a chair rail on top for transition. We sealed it in for good measure.


This half bath is tiny.  The original boxy vanity with storage just wasn’t feasible, or necessary. We opted for a pedestal sink for simplicity and space constraints. While installing these things is easier with smaller hands, my father and Jared took on the project instead. They successfully installed without punching a hole in the wall. I would have punched a hole in the wall, or used the hammer.

Hanging Basket

I do my best to incorporate something green in each of my rooms. Not only is it a great design element, but it cleans the air and brings energy to the room. I used hemp rope, tied in knots, to create the basket. I attached a hoop on the end to attach to the hook on the mirror

Pallet Board Addiction

We knew we wanted to incorporate pallet board wood on this project. For one, the rustic feel brings warmth to the room.  Two, I like the natural, rough texture and colors. Third, it is cheap. Forth, Carraway was able to work with daddy to pull the boards apart. We used the pallet board wood to build the mirror and ceiling. If you can't find it around town, you can actually buy some online.


I searched for a mirror for months when we decided to renovate the half bath. I could not find the right one. So, Jared made one with the pallet board wood. My vision was a rustic wood framed mirror, the same width as the sink, to warm the room and bring in a natural element.  We got the mirror from a Habitat for Humanity Restore for ten bucks, but you can find them online as well.  WALAH! Rustic mirror. It turned out exactly how I envisioned and cost a fraction of any store bought mirror.


This was the last piece of the project, and the most time consuming. We wanted to keep with the same rustic look so we decided to give a pallet board ceiling a go, and I could not be happier with the turnout. We originally planned on painting it white but decided to keep the natural look after seeing the results.

The Finished Project + Décor (Carraway’s big boy potty)

Renovating a bathroom doesn’t have to cost thousands. You just have to have patience on your search for the perfect pieces and design elements. With a little bit of inspiration, and help from your friends and family, you can do it all yourself.