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Covering walls with pallet wood: The basement bathroom renovation

Hey guys! I’m so excited to show you the finished walls of my basement bathroom today! I covered them entirely with pallet wood and barn wood from our barn. As many of you know I have been working down in my basement to get it finished as a wood workshop for me and my number one goal was to spend the least amount of money possible. In an exchange we were given a pile of old pallet wood that my husband and I hauled down to the basement for me to start work with. I had a little extra sheet rock leftover and a ton of old closet doors I had no use for so this whole basement ended up covered with basically everything but the kitchen sink lol! During it all I saved the best wood I had for the bathroom, here’s my pile of wood and all of the before photos.

Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop


Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop
Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop
Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

With no plans to buy anything new for down here I knew I would have to get VERY creative. Now, this bathroom is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but I need to make a note here: This is my workshop bathroom, it actually will not be used very often. The reason we put a bathroom down here to begin with was with the plans on having a rental suite in our basement. Well, the plans fell through but not before I had already completed all of the rough in and purchased just about everything we could possibly need down here. Or, in the case of the bathroom cabinets, I had stashed them (and that gorgeous old sink) just for this purpose. So, though I didn’t need a bathroom down here really at all, there was really nothing to do but to go ahead and finish it! I grabbed my air compressor and my Hitachi brad nailer (one of my very favorite tools) and go to work!

Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop


Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop
Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop
Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop
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Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

I will be posting about the counter top, the sink and probably the mirror too because they were all projects into themselves. As I said before, the idea of covering all of the walls in a place with pallet and barn wood might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! I will be leaving the ceilings as-is, totally open with all of the plumbing etc. exposed, this is still a workshop and I like the ruggedness of it all exposed. The floor is still a conundrum for me, I am leaning toward painting it as it is a rather ugly many-times-patched concrete floor so there is a still a lot of work to do! And, of course, at some point I’ll need to get a toilet for down here too! I also plan on giving all of the walls a good vinegar scrub and then putting a couple of coats of sealant on them, right now they’re a little splintery and dirty. As far as the work goes, this was easy! It was just cut the board and tack it on and only took me a couple of afternoons to do the whole bathroom.

Covering the walls of my basement bathroom with pallet and barn wood instead of sheet rock during the renovation of my basement workshop

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8 Comments

  1. Jenny Young
    November 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    It looks amazing! I absolutely love it.

    I’d paint the floors as well & you may even consider painting the sealing – even though it’s all exposed. I’ve seen some really cool looking basement ceilings painted black. They just sprayed everything & it all blended together.

    • November 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Jenny, now that is an idea! I didn’t consider just painting everything the same color in the ceiling, cool, thank you!

  2. November 14, 2016 at 1:32 am

    You continue to amaze me! You are one talented lady!!

    • November 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much Kathy!

  3. Sue
    November 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Tarah, I LOVE this room! You are so talented, and this is a great design idea… Just so “familiar” and “down home” my very favorite way to do a room…

    • November 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much Sue!!

  4. December 1, 2016 at 2:59 am

    What a fantastic looking bathroom Tarah! You do such great work–those walls are amazing. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm 🙂

    • December 1, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Diana it is my pride and joy!!

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