Hello Southern State of Mind Readers! I'm Laura from The Turquoise Home and I'm so excited to be guest posting for the wonderful Heather today! Over at my blog, you'll find tons of DIY projects like crafts, wood-working projects, room makeovers plus some random deep thoughts on motherhood and collecting too much stuff. 🙂 I made-over my living room earlier this year and part of that was installing board and batten around the rather large room. Thanks to Heather for letting me share my tutorial with you today!Living Room Reveal post.)
Here's an even earlier before picture, right after we moved in ...
I think if you had told me last year that my living room would look like this, I wouldn't have believed you. I just love it!And since, like I said before, everyone and their mom has done this in their home, I'll just share with you what I did. I was majorly inspired by these other great tutorials: Jackie's, Emily's, Ana's, Kate's, Mandi's and Anna's. And while I wish I had done this project sooner, I knew it was going to be a big undertaking ... and it was. Ginormous. (Of course it would take much less time in a smaller room, mine is just a big room.) I grossly underestimated the time it would take to get everything painted and nailed to the wall, caulked, spackled, sanded and painted some more. A lot of the time factor was due to having to work around a 2-year-old. I couldn't nail up the boards while she was sleeping because her room shares a wall with the living room. And I couldn't use my nail gun while she was awake because it's too loud and she cries. So, that was the biggest hang up ... just waiting for a time when someone else (like my hubby or my mom) could take her outside or somewhere (anywhere) else while I put the boards up. So, if you have a little one, plan to have your husband or friend take your child while you put the boards up. So here's how I did it:
I figured out where I wanted to place the top of my boards. This was quite the decision because I had to work with the fireplace. I had originally decided to put the boards just above the fireplace, but I'm so glad a good friend of mine helped me re-think that decision. It would have placed the boards almost in the exact middle of the wall, cutting it in half. And we all know that design works best with the rule of thirds, right? So then I decided to place the top board just below the "sticking-out-top, not-sure-what-you-call-it" part of the fireplace. I love how it still leaves the architecture of the fireplace in tact, and now divides the room not exactly in half. Design crisis averted! I think it looks so much better the way I did it in the end.
Picked the Perfect Gray.)
Garage Organization. 🙂 Side note: I thought I could just grab white paint from the shelf and go with it, but when I started to use it on the walls it was like fluorescent white. I HATED it. I don't know the color of my trim since it was painted before we moved in and our home was a foreclosure. (No extra paint samples here.) And the trim and fluorescent white looked terrible next to each other. So then I pulled out my paint swatches, my many paint swatches, and picked Benjamin Moore's Simply White. I returned my off-the-shelf white and had Lowe's color match to the paint swatch. Sooooo much better!!
Jackie at Teal & Lime. And I borrowed one of her pics to show you what I mean ...
Living Room Reveal!!
Thanks again, Heather, for allowing me to share my Board and Batten tutorial today. And thank YOU for reading. I would love to have you come over to The Turquoise Home for a visit. And you can always join in on the fun at Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google + or Twitter. Have a great day!!