Monday, January 9, 2012

Board and batten project revealed!

So we decided to change things up in the green room a little. We actually want to do this in more of the house but we started with this room because, well, we don't spend much time in here so if it was a disaster we could just close the door and forget about it for awhile. 

Here are a few before pictures because the afters are no fun without them.

Here I am, photographic proof that I did at least a little work in here.

We painted the wall first to try and minimize the detail painting that we would have to do once the boards were all up.

Truly though, the majority of the work was done by Tyson and his dad while I watched wonderpets in the living room with Logan. 

They even planed (shaved) down every one of the vertical boards because they come a little bit deeper than the baseboard and we didn't like how they looked hanging over the edge. 

Then when Tyson brought all the boards home he realized he used a board that was still too wide as his measurement and the vertical boards still hung over a bit. 

So he took them back to his dad's and they planed them again.

We don't bring that up often.

The result was beautiful though and I am grateful for a husband who is willing to work extra hard to get the details just the way he wants them.

You ready for the after?

Here's a before again for comparison.

And after!


The longest and most tedious part for sure was the painting once all the boards were up. Painting the wall first and using boards that were primed helped for sure but still. There are a lot of nooks and crannies on this wall. Plus you've got to fill in nail holes and sand and caulk all the cracks and paint over all that. Twice.

Lots of work.

Poor Tyson.

I'm still working on how I want to decorate this room exactly but I knew I wanted a little shelf as part of the board and batten to set things on. 

Sorry I'm not tall enough to get a better angle on that. Probably should have stood on a chair.

It turned out just the way I wanted and I couldn't be happier!

Tyson is totally ready to tackle the rest of the house :)


  1. Ahhh! It looks awesome! He can come to our house and do the same thing once he's done with yours hahahaha :)

  2. Oh Mari it's gorgeous!!! I LOVE wainscoting (did I spell that right? Is that even the right word?)
    Turned out fabulous, he did a great job!

  3. Mari! It looks beautiful! Good job!! I have a question.... is that a pedal I see below your keyboard? We have the EXACT same keyboard and need to find a pedal!! Random I know... but thought I'd ask! Have a great week!!

  4. Wow. I love, love, love the way that turned out. Way to go!

  5. I love it! We're going to do this in our dining room!

  6. Love it! I've been pondering doing this and now I know who to pester for advice when we doing it. Looks sooo professional.

  7. Buffy's right - it does look professional! Tell your hubs he did an excellent job. I'll pay him to do it at my house! haha

  8. WOW! It looks amazing! I'll try really hard not to drool tomorrow when we come over. :)

  9. Wow sis, you have really been going to town on that room!

  10. Yay! That is so great! I love it! I totally want to do that in our bathrooms. Probably not the whole house, though. Doesn't quite go with the style of our house. But, that room looks amazing!