Reign in the rustic look of salvaged planks by whitewashing and installing them as classic wainscoting. | Photo: Colin Poole/GAP Interiors

Photo: Anthony Tieuli | thisoldhouse.com | from Color of the Month, July 2014: Sand

Use a buffet or china cabinet for a vanity and medicine cabinet...great use for a thrift store find.

Photo: Roger Davies | thisoldhouse.com | from 20 Budget-Friendly Bath Ideas

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Photo: Chad Holder | thisoldhouse.com | from Color of the Month, July 2014: Sand

The mirror and vanity offer a hit of teal-blue color in this bath.

White-painted base cabinets give this farmhouse kitchen an elegant simplicity, while open shelves and exposed beams add a sense of loftiness. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Vintage Barn beam pavilion mediterranean

Turn vertical paneling on its side for a fresh take on a traditional look. Use moisture-resistant MDF sheets with milled profiles instead of individual wood "sticks" to cut the cost and installation time. | Photo: Jurgen Frank | thisoldhouse.com

Breadboard and integrated shelf

Don't take down those wide plain mirrors....update! Love this idea!

Modern Single Wide Mobile Home Update Rly like how they did the wood planks on the wall! @Justin Dickinson Wilson what about this for the stairwell?

Hate your countertops? DIY salvaged wood counter...cheap and so much more awesome than tile (for me at least) ;)

Smart Style This bathroom went from a children's bathroom to a streamlined and sophisticated space, with nary a tub toy -- or tub -- in sight. A combination of wainscoting and wallpaper enhances the continuity of the space. Covered in enamel paint, the wainscoting lends a protective finish to the lower walls, while grass cloth on the upper walls adds texture.

bathroom with wainscoting waterproof

thisoldhouse.com | from Cottage-Style Bath for $336

Duck egg planks, warm woods

easy upgrade custom look bath towel rod of birch branches, tree wallpaper

Wainscoting

Remove medicine cabinet. Install beadboard on back, sides, top, and bottom. Finish with trim molding. Paint. Totally doing this in kids' bath!