Monday, July 19, 2010

Board and Batten (Part 1)

Thank you for waiting for this post.  I know some of you have been patiently waiting for the “JustaGirl” version of this.  I will say that after searching every single board and batten project out there, everyone’s is slightly different.  As a matter of fact, I don’t even know if mine constitutes as B&B.  But—that’s what I’m calling it.

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Perhaps the #1 question I’ve gotten is if I removed the original baseboard.  Yes, I did.  I stupidly didn’t go for it when we built, and it's my goal to implement it throughout the house. I figured I might as well start now.

board and batten

The B&B is entirely from a couple of sheets of MDF.  I think they were @$25.00 a sheet.  For those of you asking for measurements, they are as follows:

  • Space between battens: 14 inches (this is not perfect in all areas. We adjusted at corners, some outlets, etc.  We got lucky, though, and didn’t have to do that more than twice.)
  • Batten width: 3 inches (kind of wide for batten, which is why I question the term)
  • Baseboard height: 6 inches
  • Topboard height: 5 inches (I didn’t want them to be the same because I feared it would look too heavy on top since I still had the shelf of wood to place over the topboard.)
  • Shelf depth: 2 inches

board and batten

To attach it to the wall, we used a nailgun. The trim being held on by blue tape is just “Liquid Nail-ed” on there.  The nails were too long for the quarter round, and it was light enough to be held by the glue.

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A detail shot so you can see what I mean.

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Below is the first color I painted it.  I LOVE the color, but it didn’t show off the new trim enough for me.  Darn.  I had to repaint the top.

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Some tidbits I wish I would have known first--

  • Prime and paint the bottom half of the wall (and the mdf boards) before you install!  It would have saved me HOURS of paint time had I done it first.
  • Use a good, white gloss paint.  Don’t be cheap like me and and end up spending more money that you should have because you started with cheap white paint!
  • Paintable caulk will become your BEST friend.  Granted, I was picky.  I wanted it to look just a certain way (no gaps, etc.).  You may not have to sand as much or fill as much as I did if you’re less worried about it.

board and batten

There you go!  Hopefully, it answered the questions you have.  Next up?  The fun stuff!  I’ll share colors, purchases, etc.

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If you need more info, feel free to Facebook!  I’m hoping it will help with communication!

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49 comments:

Pine Tree Home said...

Looks very nice! I am so tempted to do this in every room of my home, hahah. Now to pick the first one and jump in.

40 said...

You are such a rockstar, Chris. I love it!

Irene said...

That's beautiful

writing4612 said...

It looks awesome! It gives a lot of depth to the room. Kudos to you for tackling a project like that.

Wendy said...

LOVE it! It looks fabulous!

Twice as Nice said...

It looks great. My question is how were you able to paint the baseboard once it was up without getting any paint on your carpet?

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Thanks for that tutorial. You made it look easier. I think maybe I could do that. I really want to do it in my laundry area.
Looks great.
Brooke

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Very cool! Our version of board and batten is very similar to yours. My hubby used scrap wood when we were building out house to do B & B in our dining room.

Kristen said...

It really looks great - can you tell me how tall it is?

Christine ~ JAZ Creations said...

Looks wonderful! This is on my to-do list for our guest bedroom and guest bath. Just not sure how I want to do it yet.

Kayla & Brien said...

Looks really nice!! Looks awesome!! I am definitally coming back to this post for future reference when I redecorate our new home. I absolutely love it with the paint color that you have on the wall already. Do you mind if I ask what that green is called? It looks like a Tiffany color to me, but there are so many variations and so many "names" to colors is like running in circles to try and find a specific color you know exhists!

Just Beachy said...

I am so glad you re-did the baseboard , I think it is a bad idea to leave exsisting base when you do this treatment , this is a go all the way treatment .
Chris

Bette said...

That looks great. I just had the same thing to my treehouse turned pool house thing-a-ma-bob house. I'll be posting later this week about it.

~L~ from Decorated and Exhausted said...

I'm trying to convince hubby to have this done in the house...he is not so excited about it as I am. He thinks it will over-price our home since we aren't planning on living there forever :( Maybe someday in our forever home.

Laura PARING DOWN said...

Chris, it looks wonderful! I'm thinking about taking this on in my upstairs hallway.

Love it!

:) Laura

Angie said...

LOVE.

Judy said...

Such a great project with wonderful results! I love MDF, it is so easy to cut and smooth. Your dinning room is just beautiful!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Gorgeous!

Lisa

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

It's beautiful! I would love love to do this to my dining room... now I just have to get the hubs on board...

Barbie said...

LOVE it! I would love to do this in our dining room. One question. Did your walls have a lot of texture? Mine do and so I am not sure how this would work for me.

Val said...

Truly Fabulous.

Melissa said...

Your dining room looks so beautiful! I just sent a copy of your post to my husband and told him, "I want this!" One question: how did you transition from the new b&b baseboard to the old baseboard in the next room? Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Melissa

Christina said...

Looks Awesome!!
I really want to do that to our dining room, still trying to convince the husband...

Christine said...

Thanks for the info, it looks great! I'm definately doing this in our future home that we're trying to buy right now.

Janet said...

I did this to my master bedroom last July. Yours looks fabulous. I love the widths you choose. I learned the hardway too about not painting everything before installing. My knees were aching.

http://culdesacchic.blogspot.com/2009/06/master-bedroom-makeover.html

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

AMAZING! This is great it looks beautiful! I really want to do this now!

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a great tutorial! Your walls look fabulous!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Stunning, Stunning, Stunning!!

Lou Cinda :)

Mine for the Making said...

Looks gorgeous!!!

Melissa C said...

Looks great!!

Melissa ;)

Mindy said...

I love it! We are planning to do some in my living room and little boys room... I think your way might be cheaper than buying the pre-cut pieces I was planning on, so thanks for showing me there is another way!! I love the paint color too!

InMyOwnStyle said...

hi Chris-

I think I have looked at all the
B&B projects also. I think yours looks how I would want mine to look - chunky and thick. The upclose shot of the top really helped me invision how to install that part of the whole treatment. Thanks for including it in your post. I would love to do this in my foyer. Hopefully sooner than later.
My best- Diane

Karen said...

Wow, gorgeous!!!!

Kara said...

Looks absolutely stunning!

rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

it looks wonderful! i am loving all the B&B posts lately - i am really starting to get inspired to do it in my own home somewhere!

Leigh Ann said...

Love it! We just finished our version of board and batten at my son and DIL's home.

Krissy said...

I'm LOVING this!! I think we're going to tackle b&b at some point...I'm bookmarking this tute for SURE!! And thanks for the sweet comments about my blog! (and I hope it was alright to use your pics for your 'first aid' kits - I was quite the blog newbie when I posted that!!)

Country Dreaming said...

LOVE IT!!!!!

Melinda

Suzanne said...

Well, I am definitely going to bookmark this post. Your board and batten turned out fabulous. It is lovely. It makes me want to turn my home upside-down and do it all!

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

I love this look! Thinking it would look great in my downstairs but I'm curious about one thing. It looks like you just add the trim and mdf. Do you just paint the lower half of the wall the same color? How does it work if there's texture? I can't tell if your walls have much texture. :-S

My Cottage Charm said...

Love it, but how tall is it? :)

AliLilly said...

This looks WONDERFUL!! I LOVE IKEA!! :)

Love of the Sea said...

This really came out very nice.

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wd bathrooms said...

Very impressive, thanx for sharing!

Mathieu said...

Wow, thanks for all those details. What is the total height of the B&B?
Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

You did a beautiful job with the B&B. Question for you, what is brand/model of air compressor in the pictures?

First Aid Supplies said...

I really loved it! I am planning to do some in my living room and bedroom room... I think your way might cost me lesser than buying the pre-cut pieces I was planning on, so thanks for showing me there is another way!!The paint color's are too good, i liked them too.

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