My Board and Batten Reveal and Tutorial: How Long It Has Been A Comin’!

Disclaimer:  This post is long and has a ton of pictures…read at your own risk!

I am so excited to be at this point and to be able to share with you my board and batten project.  My husband and I began this a few weeks back and although not difficult, it is time-consuming when you consider we both work full-time in busy jobs (I am a therapist and he is a pastor) and have two young girls on top of it all.  
We spent the good part of a weekend beginning this and then piecemealed it from there.  I spent many late nights painting.  The good part is that it is done and the bad part is that we still have the living room to finish as we had decided to complete it in two stages. If you recall, when we moved in to our home, we had this going on:

?

Yucky wallpaper

?

Peeling paper? and an ugly chair rail
?
 Scotch tape held it all in place – lovely

There was work to be done! I suggested stripping the wallpaper and painting, but the hubby was not too keen on this idea.  He’s not a manual labor type of guy as it is. We wanted cheap, easy and I wanted quick.  No hanging out for months here please.  I am simply too impatient!  Board and batten was our solution!  We simply bought luan boards and put this up over the wallpaper!  Woo hoo!  Everyone wins here!


Here are some shots of the during parts:

Our hallway before
First, we had to remove the existing trim and chair rail – demolition!

My cute husband with a hammer – he is not a handy man by trade so I treasure this
picture as he did this project for me simply because he loves me!!

Second, since we had wallpaper up which we wanted to avoid stripping, we picked up some luan board at Home Depot for $20 a sheet and asked them to cut it to our exact measurements which they graciously did…not sure this is their policy, but the worker was really helpful and informed us this is his last week working there anyway :o)

We used liquid nails to glue it to the wall thus covering the paper up (I already love it just for this reason)

Board is up – already fresher!
We then took small headed nails and hammered it in as well to be sure it was super secure.  Trying to find the studs was fun.  No stud finder was used as I figured I had already found mine:

Well, there he is now in all his handsomeness

Chris using the hammer to secure the board to the wall and being sure it will never move again

We used very few tools for this project: a level, a hammer, nails, liquid nails, a miter saw and a box cutter.
We noted how ill equipped we are for DIY projects and I made a mental note to fix this issue.
Chris box cut around the outlets by hand with the box cutter which took forever and a day.

Nice work shoes Honey!

Almost done putting up the luan board…yeah!

This part of the process was relatively quick and easy especially as the boards were already cut by HD.  Awesome!
So\.. Chris was doing fine and flying through the task…he was lovin’ that.


Then onto the trim for the top and bottom of the luan board.
 This was the hardest part in terms of figuring out what we wanted while shopping at Home Depot (picture 2 bored little girls sitting in a car cart picking on each other just to pass the time and a irritated mommy).There were so many types of trim we could have used, but I wanted clean, simple lines so I chose a basic trim without any bells and whistles.  This also helped me to cut the costs.  I used a 2 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch board for the top and a
3 1/2 inch bu 3/4 inch for the base trim.

 t 

 Because we have so few tools, we used this saw to cut the trim to size.  It worked fine for us.  This took some time to do, but it was easy.

Onto the battens!
We used lattice boards for this part which were in bundles of 10 for just a few dollars each.  They worked out great and lay flat to the surface without sticking out.  We cut them to size and spaced them 12 inches apart…spacing is up to you, but we thought 12 inches between battens worked well for our space.  We used a paint stirrer to measure (it was 12 inches) as this made it easier than whipping out the tape measure each time.


Looking good!

More measuring
Emma and Ana held an impromptu tea party on the living room floor.
So glad they were able to content themselves.


We than nailed in each strip.  The girls weren’t wild about the noise. Ana looks perplexed.

It was beginning to look really nice at this point.  I thne moved onto painting.  Well…I moved onto painting.
Chris and I agreed that if he would put the boards and batten up, but that I would do the the painting.  Fine with me!

I used Behr paint with primer in the basis semi-gloss white.  I don’t know if that paint took any less coats to paint or made it quicker, but it worked fine.  This part is that it took forever!  I had read that painting was the biggest time-consumer for this project, but honestly I thought that wouldn’t happen to me.  Haha.  It was a long process of painting several coats. 


And onto the reason why I began this pain-staking process in the beginning, the final product:

So pretty and fresh!

So much better, don’t you think?

A much nicer backdrop for my dresser!

Looking down the hallway

 Oooohhhh….a side by side view really shows off the awesomeness!  Lovely! I just love a bold transformation!
I do have to finish the board and batten in my living room so once this is done, I will be sure to show you …I am ready to start the second half of this project although Chris is taking a break!   Do let me know what you think!

Linking To:

French Country Cottage


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The Shabby Nest

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Funky Junk Interiors

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Keeping It Simple

DIY Club


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  1. hiya , wow great job it looks lioke a different hallway , lovin the new look , tfs
    xmaggiex

  2. Great job! These things always take longer than we think or want, don’t they? (I was posting about that today, too!) But you’re effort paid off for sure. It looks great!

  3. I.LOVE.THIS!! Way to go on involving the hubster–there’s nothing like a home-improvement project that makes your marriage stronger. It looks beautiful and makes you appreciate each other all the more, I’m sure!

  4. That is amazing! You are right–so fresh and pretty–tell your hubby it looks fantastic!

  5. Wow! It turned out amazing! Looks so fresh! Great job!

  6. What a great job! Avery fresh and new look!

    Sanghamitra.

  7. This looks so great! Our b&b project turned out similarly: http://welcometoheardmont.com/2011/03/master-bath-phase-5-the-big-reveal/
    I love how inexpensive this wall treatment can be and your before and after photos are amazing! Great job you guys. :)

  8. It’s beautiful! Nice job. :)

  9. Stunning. Sure doesn’t look like the same hall. And the chest with the wall decorations are perfect.

  10. Your board and batten looks amazing! Sure makes a huge difference in the feel of your hallway! Love your hubbys work shoes… I wear similar shoes sometimes while doing projects too :) Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  11. What an amazing transformation!!! It looks wonderful and your dresser is pretty dang adorable too :)
    I’d love it if you’d link this up to The After Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage…

    http://www.3meadowlakecottage.com/2011/06/striped-curtains-finally-and-after.html

    ~Erin

  12. Beautiful! I hope to install lots of board & batten in our home! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from TT&J :)

    http://www.chrissyandnathan.blogspot.com

  13. such an amazing transformation!!! it looks like a different hallway.

  14. You both did a wonderful job! You make a great team, and even finished with help from a few princesses :)

  15. What an awesome job….love the way it came out !!!

    Your girls are adorable..:)

    An love that pretty blue dresser….

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  16. That is just gorgeous!!! We are both in the caulking/painting process of board & batten in our homes and are dying! lol

    Turned out beautiful! Great job and thanks for linking it up….. I’m going to pull up your pics to keep me motivated ;) xo

  17. This is wonderful! I saw it on Not Just a Housewife and had to come see it. I have a long narrow hall in my house that looks a lot like yours, I think a project like this would make it look much nicer. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. LOVE this!! I featured you today on my blog! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

  20. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  21. Great post, it looks great! You gave an awesome tutorial and I linked it to my paneled walls post too, well done!

  22. Thank you Heather! It is a labor of love! so worth it! Thanks for stopping!
    Stacey

  23. Fabulous work! Love the new look–your dresser does look great against the new wall!

  24. Great job! Amazing transformation!

  25. I’m so impressed by all your amazing projects! AND they all turn out fantastic. You are my inspiration. I can’t do all the amazing projects I have in my head yet (I’m still renting my first apartment.) but everything I see gives me hope for the future. I also want to tell you that I am amazed at all your energy. I am just a stay at home mom for now (with online schooling)but I barely have energy to get my butt in the shower! Again, You are an inspiration.

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My Board and Batten Reveal and Tutorial: How Long It Has Been A Comin’!

Disclaimer:  This post is long and has a ton of pictures…read at your own risk!

I am so excited to be at this point and to be able to share with you my board and batten project.  My husband and I began this a few weeks back and although not difficult, it is time-consuming when you consider we both work full-time in busy jobs (I am a therapist and he is a pastor) and have two young girls on top of it all.  
We spent the good part of a weekend beginning this and then piecemealed it from there.  I spent many late nights painting.  The good part is that it is done and the bad part is that we still have the living room to finish as we had decided to complete it in two stages. If you recall, when we moved in to our home, we had this going on:

?

Yucky wallpaper

?

Peeling paper? and an ugly chair rail
?
 Scotch tape held it all in place – lovely

There was work to be done! I suggested stripping the wallpaper and painting, but the hubby was not too keen on this idea.  He’s not a manual labor type of guy as it is. We wanted cheap, easy and I wanted quick.  No hanging out for months here please.  I am simply too impatient!  Board and batten was our solution!  We simply bought luan boards and put this up over the wallpaper!  Woo hoo!  Everyone wins here!


Here are some shots of the during parts:

Our hallway before
First, we had to remove the existing trim and chair rail – demolition!

My cute husband with a hammer – he is not a handy man by trade so I treasure this
picture as he did this project for me simply because he loves me!!

Second, since we had wallpaper up which we wanted to avoid stripping, we picked up some luan board at Home Depot for $20 a sheet and asked them to cut it to our exact measurements which they graciously did…not sure this is their policy, but the worker was really helpful and informed us this is his last week working there anyway :o)

We used liquid nails to glue it to the wall thus covering the paper up (I already love it just for this reason)

Board is up – already fresher!
We then took small headed nails and hammered it in as well to be sure it was super secure.  Trying to find the studs was fun.  No stud finder was used as I figured I had already found mine:

Well, there he is now in all his handsomeness

Chris using the hammer to secure the board to the wall and being sure it will never move again

We used very few tools for this project: a level, a hammer, nails, liquid nails, a miter saw and a box cutter.
We noted how ill equipped we are for DIY projects and I made a mental note to fix this issue.
Chris box cut around the outlets by hand with the box cutter which took forever and a day.

Nice work shoes Honey!

Almost done putting up the luan board…yeah!

This part of the process was relatively quick and easy especially as the boards were already cut by HD.  Awesome!
So\.. Chris was doing fine and flying through the task…he was lovin’ that.


Then onto the trim for the top and bottom of the luan board.
 This was the hardest part in terms of figuring out what we wanted while shopping at Home Depot (picture 2 bored little girls sitting in a car cart picking on each other just to pass the time and a irritated mommy).There were so many types of trim we could have used, but I wanted clean, simple lines so I chose a basic trim without any bells and whistles.  This also helped me to cut the costs.  I used a 2 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch board for the top and a
3 1/2 inch bu 3/4 inch for the base trim.

 t 

 Because we have so few tools, we used this saw to cut the trim to size.  It worked fine for us.  This took some time to do, but it was easy.

Onto the battens!
We used lattice boards for this part which were in bundles of 10 for just a few dollars each.  They worked out great and lay flat to the surface without sticking out.  We cut them to size and spaced them 12 inches apart…spacing is up to you, but we thought 12 inches between battens worked well for our space.  We used a paint stirrer to measure (it was 12 inches) as this made it easier than whipping out the tape measure each time.


Looking good!

More measuring
Emma and Ana held an impromptu tea party on the living room floor.
So glad they were able to content themselves.


We than nailed in each strip.  The girls weren’t wild about the noise. Ana looks perplexed.

It was beginning to look really nice at this point.  I thne moved onto painting.  Well…I moved onto painting.
Chris and I agreed that if he would put the boards and batten up, but that I would do the the painting.  Fine with me!

I used Behr paint with primer in the basis semi-gloss white.  I don’t know if that paint took any less coats to paint or made it quicker, but it worked fine.  This part is that it took forever!  I had read that painting was the biggest time-consumer for this project, but honestly I thought that wouldn’t happen to me.  Haha.  It was a long process of painting several coats. 


And onto the reason why I began this pain-staking process in the beginning, the final product:

So pretty and fresh!

So much better, don’t you think?

A much nicer backdrop for my dresser!

Looking down the hallway

 Oooohhhh….a side by side view really shows off the awesomeness!  Lovely! I just love a bold transformation!
I do have to finish the board and batten in my living room so once this is done, I will be sure to show you …I am ready to start the second half of this project although Chris is taking a break!   Do let me know what you think!

Linking To:

French Country Cottage


Photobucket

The Shabby Nest

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Funky Junk Interiors

Photobucket

Keeping It Simple

DIY Club


copyright 2010 Embracing Change at yourblogname.blogspot.com
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
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  1. hiya , wow great job it looks lioke a different hallway , lovin the new look , tfs
    xmaggiex

  2. Great job! These things always take longer than we think or want, don’t they? (I was posting about that today, too!) But you’re effort paid off for sure. It looks great!

  3. I.LOVE.THIS!! Way to go on involving the hubster–there’s nothing like a home-improvement project that makes your marriage stronger. It looks beautiful and makes you appreciate each other all the more, I’m sure!

  4. That is amazing! You are right–so fresh and pretty–tell your hubby it looks fantastic!

  5. Wow! It turned out amazing! Looks so fresh! Great job!

  6. What a great job! Avery fresh and new look!

    Sanghamitra.

  7. This looks so great! Our b&b project turned out similarly: http://welcometoheardmont.com/2011/03/master-bath-phase-5-the-big-reveal/
    I love how inexpensive this wall treatment can be and your before and after photos are amazing! Great job you guys. :)

  8. It’s beautiful! Nice job. :)

  9. Stunning. Sure doesn’t look like the same hall. And the chest with the wall decorations are perfect.

  10. Your board and batten looks amazing! Sure makes a huge difference in the feel of your hallway! Love your hubbys work shoes… I wear similar shoes sometimes while doing projects too :) Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  11. What an amazing transformation!!! It looks wonderful and your dresser is pretty dang adorable too :)
    I’d love it if you’d link this up to The After Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage…

    http://www.3meadowlakecottage.com/2011/06/striped-curtains-finally-and-after.html

    ~Erin

  12. Beautiful! I hope to install lots of board & batten in our home! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from TT&J :)

    http://www.chrissyandnathan.blogspot.com

  13. such an amazing transformation!!! it looks like a different hallway.

  14. You both did a wonderful job! You make a great team, and even finished with help from a few princesses :)

  15. What an awesome job….love the way it came out !!!

    Your girls are adorable..:)

    An love that pretty blue dresser….

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  16. That is just gorgeous!!! We are both in the caulking/painting process of board & batten in our homes and are dying! lol

    Turned out beautiful! Great job and thanks for linking it up….. I’m going to pull up your pics to keep me motivated ;) xo

  17. This is wonderful! I saw it on Not Just a Housewife and had to come see it. I have a long narrow hall in my house that looks a lot like yours, I think a project like this would make it look much nicer. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. LOVE this!! I featured you today on my blog! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

  20. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  21. Great post, it looks great! You gave an awesome tutorial and I linked it to my paneled walls post too, well done!

  22. Thank you Heather! It is a labor of love! so worth it! Thanks for stopping!
    Stacey

  23. Fabulous work! Love the new look–your dresser does look great against the new wall!

  24. Great job! Amazing transformation!

  25. I’m so impressed by all your amazing projects! AND they all turn out fantastic. You are my inspiration. I can’t do all the amazing projects I have in my head yet (I’m still renting my first apartment.) but everything I see gives me hope for the future. I also want to tell you that I am amazed at all your energy. I am just a stay at home mom for now (with online schooling)but I barely have energy to get my butt in the shower! Again, You are an inspiration.

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