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    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    How can some little boards from the lumber yard turn into something so pretty?? I always think that to myself when I finish a project. It can be so fun to see the result of your ideas when it finally comes to life. Especially when you’re doing a board and batten wall!

    I know there are a million different styles of board and batten wall tutorials out there, so I am going to make this simple and to the point. This is exactly what you need to use and the steps to take to get my result. Have fun! Send questions if you have them.

    Board and Batten Wall

    Supplies needed for board & batten wall-

    -1×2 inch boards for battens, I used Poplar wood

    -1×8 in primed MDF board for baseboard trim

    -.5mm underlayment plywood 4×8 ft sheets (should be smooth to touch) **This is for walls with texture. If your wall is flat already with no added texturing, then you don’t need this, and you are STOKED because this is the part that makes the project more time consuming.

    White caulk

    Primer

    -Oxford White paint by Benjamin Moore (or your choice of white, in a quality paint please…don’t by the cheap watery stuff. You want it to look good at the end, ok.)

    -Liquid Nails (optional)

    Wood Filler

    Steps to build!

    Step 1– If you have textured walls like me (ugh), you will need to cover them with the underlayment plywood to give a smooth and uniform look. (If your walls are flat, skip to step 2 and ignore plywood steps) Mark your wall where your studs are, and use those marks to nail your plywood to the wall. I used 3 4×8′ boards across the wall to cover, and then added an extra strip at the bottom to completely fill it, since my walls are 9′ tall.

    Cut around any outlets/light panels with a multi-tool or jigsaw.

    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of a grey wall a step ladder, some plywood boards, and a a sander.

    I used Bondo Wood Filler to cover the seam across the bottom. It works great! BUT you need to work fast when using it, as it dries super fast. You will mix it in small amounts and work your way across. It works much better than a regular wood filler to really cover the seam. Sand this smooth once done applying it.

    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of some plywood boards mounted on a wall.
    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of Bondo All-Purpose Putty.

    Step 2- Prime and paint all of your boards before attaching to the wall (or don’t.. that’s up to you. I just feel like it makes painting at the end easier)

    Step 3– Attach your bottom 1×8 trim with a brad nailer.

    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of white 1x8 wood trim leaning agains a white wall, a step ladder, and a caulker.

    Step 4– You will have seams vertically between the plywood boards, and will attach your battens there to cover those. Then space the other battens out evenly in-between those boards. I used a total of 7 battens.

    Step 5– Apply a bead of Liquid Nails to the batten and nail up with a brad nail gun along the seam of the plywood. Use a level to verify before attaching.

    Step 6– Fill in all areas with caulk, along battens, the bottom trims, and the top edge along ceiling where the plywood and battens touch. This will make it look clean and solid. Fill in nail holes with the regular wood filler.

    Step 7– Lightly sand over those areas once dry, to smooth.

    Step 8– Prime and Paint!

    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of a white board and batten wall.

    Step 9– Sit back and enjoy your new wall.

    Phew! You did it, and what a fabulous change to your home. Who needs to hang art at this point? The wall is perfect all on its own.

    Board and Batten Wall by popular San Diego DIY blog, Domestic Blonde: image of a room with a white board and batten wall, a camel brown leather arm chair, a round wooden coffee table, a fiddle leaf fig tree, and a framed picture of some Joshua Trees.

    Check out a different style of Board & Batten I put in my front living room HERE.

    Have you tried installing a board and batten wall before? Are there any tips you would recommend? Let me know in a comment below!

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    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    XOXO,

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

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    The Best Grey Paint Colors For Your Bathroom Vanity

    vanity paint colors

    I get questioned all the time about the paint color on my bathroom vanity and I feel awful each time, because my response is that it doesn’t exist! I originally refinished this vanity with spray paint, and the paint didn’t hold up the way I had hoped. For a high use area like a bathroom sink, it didn’t clean well either- so I chose to swap it out for my favorite paint. Benjamin Moore advance Line. Keep reading to learn more about the best grey paint colors for bathrooms.

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    DIY Basket Light & Macrame Cord

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Have you ever found yourself searching the internet for a decor item and you just cannot find it? You have a certain look in mind and you know it’s got to be out there… but where?? I had this feeling when I was updating the kid’s playroom and wanted a basket style pendant light for the corner of the room. Everything I found was either not what I had in mind, or soooo expensive. I started thinking how insane it was that companies charge this much for basically a basket turned upside down. LIGHTBULB. I could easily make this myself- it would just be silly to pay for that. I began looking for an affordable basket instead… and remembered I had a basket from Target sitting in my closet for the last couple years and always wondered why I ever bought it. Lol. It was perfect, and somehow matched the other wood stain in the room- meant to be? Yep!

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    So I flipped that bad boy upside down and got to work. Really quick and easy to only do the basket and just add a light kit! If you wanted to add the macrame cord, it will give the light a special touch. I really love that part and feel it brought the entire look together. Let’s get started-

    Items you’ll need for this Basket Light and Macrame Cord project:

    Basket of choice (the wider the weave, the more light will get through into the room)

    Plug-in Swag light cord

    Light bulb

    Macrame rope

    Power drill

    Spade Drill Bit 1.5″-2″

    Once you choose your basket, turn it upside down and drill a hole with your 1.5″ Spade drill bit in the center of the bottom panel. A solid base works best for creating a clean hole. My basket had a thin wooden base, so cutting a hole in the bottom was very simple. You can still do this with a woven bottom, but you may need to clean the opening with scissors to get all the frayed edges. No one will ever see that, so it’s ok!

    When you were a kid, did you go to camp and make your bestie a friendship bracelet? This is the SAME exact thing! I was looking at macrame wrapped light cords and thought- I am way to lazy at this moment to figure out a detailed knotting technique, but I do know how to make a mean friendship bracelet. Lol. So I got myself some macrame rope, and got to work. This is so simple!

    Now that your basket is already done (woo hoo), set it aside. Attach your light cord up on a wall so you can easily work with it. I just used a piece of duct tape and stuck it right to the wall. Tie a good knot at the very top of the cord, up against the base of the light. Then you will start your friendship bracelet style knotting. I’m sure this style must have some sort of real name, but that’s what I’m calling it. So, if you want to let me know the correct title- by all means, comment below!

    Follow these 3 steps over and over to fully cover your macrame cord.

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Once you reach the outlet, make another knot at the end. That’s it! You’re done! It does take a little time to complete the macrame cord, but for me it was very therapeutic. Do it while watching TV or watching the kids play.. or have your husband feed you grapes while you wrap your macrame cord. Whatever you like.

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    Unscrew the end piece to the light and insert the top into the hole you created in your basket. Screw in the other end and you are ready to hang. This project can be done in so many styles and ways. There are different color macrame ropes and a different basket style would result in a totally different look! I will have to do this again in another room, just to switch things up.

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    It’s the perfect little addition to this fun space for the kids. To see the entire playroom reveal click HERE. You can shop items from this post below!

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall

    XO,

    Update Your Space With a Gorgeous Board & Batten Wall