DIY Board and Batten Accent Wall

DIY Board and Batten Accent Wall

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How to DIY a Board and Batten Accent Wall

The wall was black before I started this project so I painted one coat of primer before getting started. It took me a full weekend to complete, but this does include interruptions to tend to the tiny humans 🙂

Step 1: The prep work for a project can sometimes be the most time consuming part. You will want to come up with your design and then take measurements so you know how much wood you will need. I used 3″ X 1″ X 8′ primed MDF for this project. You will want to start by locating where your studs are. I then added a vertical board on the far right and far left side of the wall. From there I added boards to the top and bottom so the whole wall was bordered. I attached the boards into the studs using a 2″ nailer.

*Don’t worry about gaps between the wall and the boards, ceilings are not always even, this space will get filled in with caulk once you’re finished.

Step 2: Add the rest of the vertical boards using a level to make sure they are straight. For reference this wall is just over 14′ wide and I liked the look of 5 sections across. The distance between each section is just over 31″. When taking your measurements for spacing you will want to factor in the width of your boards. I then tested my math across the wall to make sure I did it correctly. I would not want to get to the end and be left with one square that was much larger or smaller than the others. When attaching these vertical boards to the wall I wasn’t able to hit any studs so I used liquid nails along with 3 nails, top, middle, and bottom.

Step 3: Measure the distance for each board you will need to cut for the horizontal pieces. I say this because the measurements could be slightly off from one section to the next. When attaching these to the wall I located the studs and I was able to hit 2 with each piece. I did not use the liquid nails for these and instead put 2 nails on each piece wherever the studs were.

Step 4: After all your boards are attached you will caulk all the seams and fill the nail holes. This is a pretty time consuming process but the results are so satisfying! I think using spackling or something similar where the boards connect would work better for a seamless appearance. I did not do this but will probably go back and do so at some point.

Step 5: Sand where needed, paint, then step back and enjoy your work!

Supplies Used:

  • 14 – 3″ X 1″ X 8′ primed mdf boards
  • primer paint
  • stud finder
  • level
  • brad nailer
  • tape measure
  • caulk
  • paint – I used Benjamin Moore Natural Cream

Good luck!!

Creating A Cozy Corner in Kids Bedrooms

Creating A Cozy Corner in Kids Bedrooms

Styling a Cute and Cozy Corner in a Kid’s Bedroom

There are so many adorable things out there for kids and babies and I really enjoy creating little corners in the boys bedrooms and making them extra cozy. I just added a couple extra things to this space here and it made all the difference. I also love moving things around, sometimes from room to room, and other times just within the space itself. It’s fun to experiment and switch things up from time to time. Just some little things I did here was adding the pillow and blankets to the basket along with a couple dolls that were previously on his shelves. Those are the little things that are fun to play around with until you find something that is visually appealing.

Styling Tips For a Cohesive Look

When designing a room it’s a good idea to think about the color scheme you want to go with and try to evenly mix and match your color choices across the whole space. Here in Cullen’s room I had a dark grey crib and rocking chair but I really wanted to incorporate natural wood tones and creams/tans/browns. Instead of ordering everything else in white or ivory I made sure to still add some grey to this side of the room to tie it in with the crib and rocker on the other side. Insert the lamp and light blue tones in the blanket and doll. Combined this helps to bring the space together. Then on the side with the crib and rocker I added neutral tones in the sheets, curtains, and blankets. See this blog post here for more photos of Cullen’s nursery: Cullen’s Nursery Remodel and Review.

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Fall Tabletop Decor + the Fall Candles I’ve been burning

Elevate Your Dining Table with a Table Runner

This dark dining table and chairs were left here when we moved into this house – while it wouldn’t be my first choice for a table and chairs it works great for now since we have two spaces for a dining table in this house. There are glass inserts on the ends that always bugged me and I don’t know what took me so long to finally buy a runner or tablecloth to cover it up. I am in love with this table runner I found for the fall season, it looks so much better now. I went with the 20″X90″ size and it’s perfect for our 6′ dining table.

I also think I will be changing the dark accent wall, hopefully this weekend. I really do love the black (this is Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron) but this space already struggles for lighting so I think I need to lighten it up with a different paint color. I am thinking I will add board and batten and paint the wall Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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Fall candles that smell and look pretty

Oh Fall, how I love decorating for you and burning your candles. I started pulling out all my fall stuff a little while back and was surprised to find I had no “fallish” candles on hand so I immediately went on the hunt for some new ones. I love burning candles this time of year and fall/wintery scents are my favorite. I rounded up a few options if you’re also in need of some new candles.

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