Published on April 14th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Low End to High End Half Bath via As Is

Materials: Nexus Yellow Brown cabinet cover panels; drill, jig or circular saw, tape measure

Description: This half bath in our 1950s house was utterly dull and style-less. I was going to redo it with conventional painted drywall but then I got the brilliant idea of paneling it with the 3×8 Nexus Yellow-Brown kitchen cabinet cover panels that I’d scored in the AS IS department of IKEA awhile back for $10 each!


We had five panels, which sounds like a lot but it wasn’t quite enough to do the whole room. So I decided to do half tile and half paneling, with a sill on which the panels could sit to give it a very finished look.

We had to build out the walls a bit and sheath the studs with cement backerboard for tiling. I did the tiling first (cheap 3×6 tile from Lowe’s!), then we hung the panels. The room is 8′ and we tiled up a little higher than 4′ so that we’d have some wiggle room cutting the panels. All cut edges are in the corners, which weren’t exactly plumb so we had to carefully mark each inside corner cut to get the right fit.

I recommend scoring each cut with a very sharp utility knife before sawing to minimize splintering.

Panels were screwed into place with finish screws and I filled the holes with wood filler and then actually cut tiny pieces of veneer and glued them over the filler. This was a bit fussy. If I had to do it again, I’d use the color hard wax filler sticks.

Last, I caulked the corner joints with a silicone caulk in a color to match the wood after carefully masking off each joint. I left the vertical joints in the middle of each long wall and above the doorway and window uncaulked since they were straight and had finished edges.

~ Kathy

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13 Responses to Low End to High End Half Bath via As Is

  1. Hey great ideas I’ve seen here. Good job fellas. IKEA is awesome indeed. Wish you a Happy New Year and good luck

  2. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe the difference you made in this room! Absolutely stunning! Might have to copy the idea…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really liked the fireplace. For some reason I left the gold fireplace insert in place, instead of continuing the tile to the inside of hearth. I guess because I used adobe and cobalt blue tiles and it has a kind of Spanish look. I really like your modern look and taste.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks, everyone!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Holy crap – looks great. What a wonderful job you did!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Elizabeth! says:

    Very pretty! I love renovations!

  7. Sarah says:

    Your home looks so beautiful and lovely… Really cozy. Great job. (also with the fireplace)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Where is the Toilet Paper Holder from?

  9. James says:

    Good point, half bath isn’t a term used here in the UK so I didn’t pay attention to the lack of shower or bath! Doh!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Oh looks very nice! Definite upgrade. As for the moisture I’m going to assume there isn’t going to be much as its a half bath, only toilet/sink. So much like how a kitchen would handle the water, maybe a little bit more humid, but nothing like taking a shower would do

  11. James says:

    Looks great! How do the panels handle the moisture and condensation in the bathroom?

  12. Anonymous says:

    An Elegant Solution indeed!!!


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