DIY Board & Batten

Now that the holidays are over and I have my brain back, I want to share a couple of the DIY projects from our bathroom makeover.

First up, our DIY board & batten. 

Supplies needed:

Lattice wood
Liquid nails (optional but I liked using it)
Finishing nails and hammer (or finish nail gun)
Nail set
Saw (hand miter saw works just fine)
Caulk (paintable)
And of course paint color of your choice

First step was to prime the wall. Especially since we were going with a traditional white finish. (You’ll see in later pictures that I also went ahead and painted the top half of the wall – really doesn’t matter which one you do first.)

Next was to purchase supplies. I found my lattice wood at home depot with the molding. Looks like this.

We used 1″ and 1 3/4″ width to get the look we wanted. It is sold here by linear foot. Hubby cut it down to an approximate size in the store to make it easier to transport.

Start with your horizontal pieces first. Measure and cut to size each piece. I used a 1″ piece along the bottom since I was leaving the baseboard, but the other two horizontal pieces are 1 3/4″.

Apply liquid nails. (look for the type made for paneling)

Make sure it is level.

Nail in place. This little guy was a Christmas present and he made this job a lot easier, but it is totally doable without.

Continue with all horizontal pieces.

Now it is time to add the vertical pieces. To measure each piece to size I simply held it in it’s place and marked and cut.

These are the same as the others – glue, level, nail. I will pause here to talk about the spacing of all the boards. This is a matter of taste really. Check out the internet for pictures of all different kinds of board & batten. The options are endless. I will admit that the spacing between my vertical pieces is not the same around the room. I went by look. I knew how many vertical boards I needed to get the look I wanted, measured the width of the space, did some division, and came up with the placement. This might have actually been the hardest part of the whole project!!

After all your wood is in place, you will want set your nails with a nail set. Then I would recommend that you sand the wood. This wood is not great quality, smooth wood, so this step will help it look even better. Then you will need to get busy filling all the nail holes, and caulking between the wood and the wall, and filling any cracks left behind from human error. 

Lots of caulk, tired fingers, necessary evil to make the end product look good.

The last step is just paint – you will want to prime the lattice wood, and then paint all surfaces, including the wall, with the same paint.

And you are left with this!!

The look I wanted at a fairly reasonable cost, and a doable DIY, all things I LOVE!

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Easy Outdoor Planter Boxes and Lighting Fix

So, a couple of weeks ago while the kids were on Fall Break, hubby and I decided to knock out a project to remedy an issue with the patio redo. (never mind that I had just nose-dived into ORC!)

Maybe you remember from the original patio reveal that the light poles were leaning. 

Well, that was because I had just shoved them down in the dirt in the planter. They held up great until the first gust of wind and then after a couple of rain storms, they were leaning like the Tower Of Pisa!

I decided to create some simple planter boxes that would house my existing pots and provide a sturdier way of securing the poles.

We used wide fence pickets. for this project, some scrap 2×2 pieces, and couple of regular fence pickets as well.

We actually had a super nice guy at Home Depot cut these down for us – way faster than us trying to make all those cuts with the circular saw!

Then, we just built a box. Using the 2×2 pieces for the corners and nailing the picket pieces to those. It looks something like this.

Putting together the first side. You’ll need two just like this.

Then attach the two sides to create the third side.

 Then finish it up with the last side.

Then hubby cut a couple pieces of the regular picket to make cross pieces for the bottom – something for the pot to sit on so it could still drain.

We tested out the pot in the planter and then we got to work anchoring the light poles.

We simply used some metal straps (found on the electrical aisle with the pipe and wire) and attached two around the pole – one at the top and one at the bottom. 

The poles are pretty straight now and I feel like my lovely swags of lights are a little more secure! 

And, I love the look of these planter boxes which was just a bonus!! All in all these planter boxes cost less than $20 to build all three! Now, that’s a deal! I’ll be back in a couple of days with more to share about our One Room Challenge!

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Patio DIY Project Sources

Hey there! I’m back with one last post from our patio! Today I would like to go through a couple of DIY project tutorials that I found from other talented people out there! I love that I can go to the internet and find great ideas from other creative people, and I love it even more when those creative people share their process!!

First up the patio sectional recover. I followed the steps outlined here almost to the letter and it worked great. And just because I love a great before and after, here is where we started. (You can see my stump table in this pic also before it received a makeover :))

My back cushions were not square so I had to modify a bit 

by just pinning around the cushions, as you would if making a slipcover, and stitching along the pin-line.

Next, the art. My chevron back-drop board got a makeover. 

I know several of you were pretty attached to that board, but I was kind of over it and since we painted the brick, I didn’t really have a need for it like before.

I followed the steps from here basically to create this ombre, ocean-like background for our fun word art.

Speaking of word art, how fun is this rope word?? I loved this rope word and the tutorial was easy to follow! 

I love the lights, but the leaning poles need a little help. I have a plan, and hopefully we can get that taken care of now that the temps have cooled a bit. When we fix them, I’ll be back to share more about the lights.

We are loving the patio, and the firepit addition is coming soon!! Yay!!

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