Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PROGRESS (board & batten) in the office!

Can I just start out with a WHOO?!

And a WHEW!! Cause I’m exhausted.

:)

It’s been two months since I’ve addressed my office redo, and I’ve had the mdf for the board and batten treatment on the walls for about that long. It’s been piled in the garage all that time…and every time I’ve stubbed my toe, tripped over them or watched them gathering dust since January, I have thought… I MUST get that project done.

And I just kept thinking. No doing. :)

I was hesitating because for this space, I really, really wanted to pull out the baseboards in the office before I installed the B and B treatment. I wanted to install fat, thick ones like in the inspiration picture I showed you a while ago:

So I hesitated. And worked on purging. Did a little change in the living room. And took a couple trips to IKEA. :)

I hesitated because as I’ve mentioned before, our baseboards are SUCH a pain in the booty to remove. I’ve done it in a bathroom and our laundry room, and oh. my. good. NESS. – they are so hard to get off the wall. It’s just crazy. I’m talking two inch, thick nails holding those puppies in.

Every time I’ve done it, I end up damaging the drywall, which has been OK because I’ve installed beadboard. But in the office, I was sceered. I knew some damage would be covered by the boards, but not all. But I was also afraid to not take them out – would it look wonky? Unfinished? Wrong?

Well, I was looking at the blank walls of the office yesterday morning and just decided to take a risk and just install the stuff already. I wasn’t going to rip out the baseboards -- I would just install the mdf boards right over them. I knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, but none of my projects are. They all have little imperfections and quirks – that’s how I roll. Why stop now? :)

I just wanted to get it done and said to heck with perfect. I was going to get my vision up on the walls!

And once I started, it was hard to stop. I got everything done yesterday and today. I started with my primed boards from Lowe’s:

They’re 3 1/2 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick and came in 12 foot lengths. I had them cut in half so they were easier to work with. I would have had them cut from a sheet of mdf like I did on the staircase, but I really wanted primed mdf for this project.

There’s a LOT of wall space to cover this time. And to paint. :)

I started by nailing the boards along the bottom over the baseboards:

And I wasn’t horrified. :)

I used my nail gun and two inch nails to install all of the mdf. I wanted something thick enough to get through the boards, the drywall, and into the studs (where I could get them).

Then I figured out how tall I wanted the treatment, and started putting up the vertical boards. I cut a 13 inch board and used it as my spacer between each vertical piece, then put the boards along the top:

I was loving how it was coming along, but I wanted a little more character, so I added a some detail by adding another line of boards:

I went ten inches down from the top boards. I waffled between ten and 12 inches, and wish I would have thought about the light switch before I decided on the ten:

:) Again, SO not perfect. But with some caulk, spackle, and some paint, you won’t even notice it in the end. Pinky swear. The lamp in front of it will help too. ;)

I was so in love with how it turned out! But I still wanted to add a little somethin’ -- it was the detail I had seen in my head all these months, and I knew I had to do it.

So, it was back to Lowe’s we went to grab some more primed mdf, but this time it was the 1 1/2 inch width:

I took the smaller mdf and created a shelf around the top of the board and batten:

I just nailed it down into the 3 1/2 inch boards that went around the top. It’s super sturdy – I didn’t even use glue. 

I found that small trim (looks like mini-crown molding) to put along the bottom, under the “shelf.”

The hardest part in the room was this area by the doors – the corners took 22.5 degree cuts instead of 45’s;

They just took a few extra practice cuts. ;)

You can see how they came together where it hits the window:

It’s gonna look fantastic once it’s all painted!

The imperfections are everywhere – I spaced the boards around the room based on light switches and plugs, but I completely forgot under the windows. So when I went to add the boards under the sills, I realized the measurements were way off.

I figured since I’ll always have drapes up, I decided to wing it and just put one single board right in the middle of the window:

You won’t see the empty space where there should have been other boards, because it’ll be covered by drapes. *ThankyouLordforfabric.*

Because I was working around a plug, I ended up not having enough room for a whole board in one corner. I went ahead and put it up, so one section is about half an inch smaller than the others:

Can you tell which one it is?

Wait, don’t answer that! Just say you can’t tell. ;)

I had to do that in a couple spots, but I’m about 150 percent sure I’m the only one who will notice when it’s all painted. And even if they do notice, I’m quite sure I’ll be the only one who cares.

I finished it all off by putting up the trim around the windows:

framed out windows

Most of that will be covered by the drapes too, but I just love the look!

And now, the room is finally coming together!:

It only took 43 foot boards, which ended up being about 118 cuts, 150 trips in and out of the garage, and climbing up and down something like 624 steps.

Or so. :)

Needless to say, I haven’t needed to work out this week.

It’s far from complete, but I can finally see my vision coming to life:

That’s my DIY memo board leaning there – I need to figure out how I’m going to hang it with the addition of the ledge. I think I’ve figured it out.

Next up – caulking, spackling and sanding. If that’s not enough to make you cry a few tears, after that it will need a couple coats of paint. Whimper.

(Yet again, I have not followed my own advice of painting before installing.)

But I’ve gotten this far, I know I can DO THIS people!

Then I can get moving on the drapes, accessories and art:

I didn’t want the ledge to stick out too much, but I wanted it to be just wide enough to hold frames.

Here’s one of my favorites, waiting on the perfect spot:

It’s soooo dreamy. :)

But for now, our garage looks like a sawdust bomb went off:

And my shoulders are practically screaming at me. :)

I showed you some of the board and batten installation details in a video in this post. It isn’t hard – I swear to you. It’s time consuming, but not hard. I use a nail gun and compound miter saw for this project. You can do it by hand, it will just take you a lot longer and you’ll need a few more shoulder massages. ;)

I used 19 primed 3 1/2 boards, 12 feet each, and the total cost for those and everything needed for the ledge ended up right at $200.

I can’t believe how far this room has come – the before:

office before

And now:

board and batten treatment

Can you believe it’s the same room? I can’t, and I live here. ;)

And you know what – I don’t even notice my whack baseboard/mdf board combo. It really doesn’t bother me. I took a risk at having it less than perfect and I’m so glad I did.

I’m linking this up to my friend Nester’s Take a Risk Day party! Have you taken a decorating risk lately? 

128 comments:

  1. Wow! What a project! First off, your room is so interesting with the high ceiling and two different paint colors above the paneling. It's going to look great all finished and painted!

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  2. Sarah,

    That board and batten is fantabulous! Thanks for sharing your project. I really want to add something like this to our powder room. (But, that might not be a hard enough workout for me to lose those 10 extra holiday pounds. LOL!)

    Brittany

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  3. I love the transformation. I know unsolicited advice isn't always appreciated but... you could always install base trim over the existing trim you didn't want to remove. Make it high enough to overlap with the bottom of the wall treatment. Just a thought. I'm not much of a handy girl but my husband is quite the handy man.

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  4. I love it. Great job. We ( my handyman husband and I ) have put this in a few rooms. I love it. That MDF is a gift from God!!!

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  5. Are you kidding me!! Your vision is SO coming together! Thanks for sharing along the way :)

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  6. It's looking FANTASTIC!! I love the character and brightness it gives to the room. If it makes you feel any better, my latest board & batten space sat semi-finished for two months. Taunting me. Finally finished it and am so glad it's done! Can't wait to see it when it's all finished!

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  7. Oh, I love me some board and batten. I like seeing how everyone does it but I am personally a huge fan of the shortcut whocaresaboutthebaseboards method! It will look fantastic. Going to be a great before & after! Good luck tackling that spackling.

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  8. I'm doing this in my bedroom soon! I was inspired by you when you first started talking about doing it in your office. I have pitched ceilings so I think doing b&b on the bottom in white and a color on the ceiling will make the room look bigger. I can't wait! Thanks for posting this!

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  9. You are AMAZING!!!! I am so in love with this room! Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  10. No surprise, Sarah! It looks FANtastic! That's such a project to do on your own. Good girl! I can't wait to see it all done.

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  11. Dumm-ish question BUT, if one has textured orange peel walls, would one have to put up sheets of MDF before putting up the vertical and horizontal MDF boards??? (I am assuming your walls are a smooth texture...) Thanks so much!!!

    -Sunny

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  12. GORGEOUS! I really love how you do the extra squares on top. It really adds some character to the board and batten.

    We just did board and batten in our study (when I say we I mean my husband :). I just love how it turned out.

    Can't wait to see your finished room!

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  13. I emailed you awhile back about painting my ceilings light blue. You said to go for it! I still want to but it seems like alot of work....wonder if I could bribe my husband to do it??? I did add some blue accessories to my downstairs which I am LOVING!!

    I have started a new blog and would love for you to pop over when you have a second:)

    Your room is looking great! CAn't wait to see it complete!
    Emily Nelson

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  14. that looks REALLY pretty!!! just had to say it! :)

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  15. What an amazing and beautiful transformation! I stand in awe at your many talents and gifts with design. You are one more inspiring chick! Denise Cosgrove

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  16. I'm so jealous! It's beautiful! Good job, can't wait to see the finsished room!

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  17. I LOVE it!! This is the inspiration for my soon to be born Emma's room in our new house! :) Can't wait to try it!!! (Well, let's be honest- my husband will be doing all the work! I'll be taking care of a newborn!)

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  18. Your hard work paid off- it looks fantastic. I was reading the post, and looked over at my hubby, and exclaimed, "she has a whole wood shop setup!" I would be terrified to use a power saw.

    You are brave!

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  19. Wonderful! Good job on the room and you are right it hardly looks the same. I hope you enjoy it heartily, it all looks splendid.

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  20. *Sigh* Reading posts about board & batten make me dream (even more) about having a beautiful character home one day instead of a blah 70s unit.

    By the way, I recently took eeeeveryone's advice about painting things before installing. O.Ver.Rated. It got knocked around so much during installation I had to repaint the whole thing again anyway.

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  21. LOVE IT!!! The room is really coming together!! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

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  22. I'm totally squealing and giving you a high five right now. This office looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    (Can't wait to see it totally done, I bet it will look spendiferiously-amazing..... if yaknowwhatimean)

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  23. LOVE IT!!! Want to tackle this in my guest bedroom... are you availble?! lol! It looks great!

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  24. I think it looks sooo great!!!!
    I just tried a little board and batten project .. . I would love for you to see my before and after pics . . . I did it for cheap! :)

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  25. Looks fabulous! I love your color choices and that you were bold enough to paint your ceiling... love it! :)

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  26. It's so beautiful! It's like a beachy arts and crafts feel. I really like it! I can't wait to see the next step! :)

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  27. Absolutely love how your office is coming together!!! Board and batten is gorg then again I'm a sucker for wainscot! We are actually working on some b&b in our living room right now...had the pieces for a while, too! (
    you can read about it at my blog, my latest update on this project is called "Board and Batten: Phase 2"). :)

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  28. You have really worked hard, and it looks very, very nice!

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  29. This looks wonderful, you should be very proud!!! My shoulders hurt in sympathy for you.

    Sabrina

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  30. OMG, that is so gorgeous! Miss Jealous here. I may have to go to Home goods tomorrow to console myself. Seriously, it's gorgeous in there. Really is hard to believe it is the same room!

    Now, forgive me if you've answered this already, but where did the stunning blue lamps come from? I might need.

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  31. Girl, you are a BEAST! This looks so good...what an inspiration. Woe to the person who tells you "you can't do that". I dare ya!

    You rock. Seriously.

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  32. Awesome! Light, breezy, gorgeous!

    I don't recall reading that you had any help in this... oh my word... you ROCK.

    Donna

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  33. It is looking super! I love that extra bit on top. And you definitely can't see any imperfections, just make sure you don't go pointing them all out to visitors when they come to admire your new space.
    I am so jealous of you girls who can just nail boards to a wall. Euro houses just aren't built like that. Ah well, I can enjoy B&B vicariously through you.,

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  34. Its gorgeous! Love how light and airy it is in that room! Been wanting to do board and batten in my entry but I'm just a leeetle scared...you've inspired me:)

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  35. This is absolutely gorgeous! What a great project, all that work totally pays off! Definitely adding this to the inspiration folder :)

    Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  36. Wow...what an amzaing transformation! Go girl!!!
    How in the world do you know where to put the first board???

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  37. Where did you get that picture!?! (The blue and green trees w/lights one) I need one!!!

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  38. You can be proud of all that you did! It is beautiful, and to think YOU did it. I wouldn't spend a minute thinking about the imperfections. If you don't say anything, I bet no one will even notice. You rock!

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  39. Wow Sarah, loos AMAZING. What do you use for caulking, spackle etc? I have tried a few different ones nut some shrink, some are messier than others and I wonder what the "pro's" use? Maybe when you start that you can post about the progress and products you use? Thanks, and it looks FABULOUS!!!

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  40. you're not messing around, are you??? when you do it, you do it RIGHT!! i love the second layer and i love the tiny shelf topper.

    this room is looking positively divine!!!

    really, though, sarah, it looks awesome.

    -angie

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  41. You always amaze me, but this is by far my favorite and most amazing transformations yet! I love it so much.... I want to move into that office now!

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  42. It looks absolutely amazing!!

    You impress me every single time :)

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  43. It looks fantastic! LOVE it!!!

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  44. Wow, I am so impressed by this!!! You did an amazing job. I love the B&B and the bamboo blind, it's just beautiful!!!!

    Karen

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  45. Oh mah woooord!!! ;) You did a fabulous job so far, girl. You need your own Home Improvement tv show where you can say "lurve" and "squeezies" as much as you want. ;) Loving this transformation! The color scheme is great and now the architectural detail adds even more oomph! :)

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  46. Wow and more wow. It truly doesn't look like the same room.
    Love how you framed out the windows to go with the theme.

    You definitely need should rubs for that!

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  47. Great transformation! Looks amazing!! I'm very inspired! :)

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  48. B-e-a-utiful... Just beautiful Sarah.

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  49. One word.
    RAD!!!!!!!!!

    You're doing such a great job Sarah!
    I just got done caulking some board and batten over here...still have some under my nails as I type this!
    LOL!

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  50. Of course this looks great Sarah!

    I want to take the risk too, but where??? Where can I do this, Sarah?! A bathroom? hmm....;)

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  51. That is so beautiful! I call it character when its not "perfect" and I think that makes it perfect. If you come and work some of your magic in my house I will give you 2 massages every day :)
    You make that stuff look too easy

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  52. Way to go, Sarah! It's looking awesome in there. We put B&B in our playroom, so I know how much work it is. I thought we'd never get it done, but it was totally worth it. :-)

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  53. It looks great. Thank you for being willing to take a risk and for sharing the imperfections (although I would never notice them). It makes me feel like I could try something like this, too.

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  54. Sigh..it looks so amazing, I'm in love with board and batten:)Have been trying to convince hubs to put it in our living room.. now next time I ask I will be armed with these lovely pictures. Beautiful!

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  55. This looks so amazingly awesome. I wish my walls would allow for board and batten, but it was built in 1940 and all the doors and windows have a rounded edge, no trim. I have no desire to tackle and change all them windows. So I'll have to live vicariously through the blog world. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your blog a lot.

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  56. Sarah, you are seriously amazing! I can just picture you running back and forth to that saw cutting those boards. You have got some serious gumption, girl!
    The room is looking amazing!!!! It is hard to believe it is the same room. It's so light and fresh now.
    Hope you had a Pepsi break somewhere in there..you deserved it!

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  57. Sarah:

    Love your blog. Love how the room is coming also. You inspire me but I am scared of power tools! Anywhooo, I regress....I am wondering the ceiling and wall colors you used in your office. Love them and I looked all over your blog and don't see them listed anywhere, though I could be missing them.

    Thanks so much!

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  58. i freakin LOVE this!
    Some day. Some day I'll do awesome things like this too. In the mean time, my idea file is overflowing!

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  59. I love this, it looks great. The shelf is a reart idea. What color did you use for the upper walls. I love it
    thanks
    amy

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  60. That's amazing! Do you plan omn installing board and batten throughout the entire houese.

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  61. This is looking fantastic! I'm so glad you shared this in a way that isn't like, "Look what I did last night!" In that, these this take time and patience but are totally achievable. It helps motivate me toward a similar project.
    I'm only scare of cutting stuff though! I'm the girl who got a finger stuck in a blender and went to the ER with a kitchen appliance attached to my hand!
    Seeing this room makes me feel a little more empowered to get over that. I CAN do this! THanks for sharing!

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  62. There you go! Definitely a risk worth taking!! I'd say you're getting yourself a winner of a room there. Now you just need a few hours in the hot tub. And maybe a massage. But it's worth it! I can't wait to see the finished room. :)

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  63. What an amazing and beautiful transformation! I am in awe of what you do..very inspiring!

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  64. Oh, I like it so much. The room really opens up compared to the darker color. I helped my daughter do a board and batten head wall in her guest room. It was so easy and added so much character. Thanks for all of your wonderful inspiration.

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  65. Love, love, love, love this! Can't wait to see the room totally finished! It is looking FABUOLOUS!

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  66. This looks amazing! Love the board & batten and now I may change my beadboard proposed project to B&B! How wide is your window trim? It looks so small compared to the B&B. Can't wait to see it all painted and bedecked!

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  67. Smart to use primed mdf. Our house has mdf trim and it drinks paint. The painter said he used a coat of primer and 4 coats of paint. I don't believe that, but I do believe that it is a pain in the backside to make it look good if you cut it from a sheet of mdf instead of using the primed pieces.
    Question for you: what color is your ceiling? I adore it!!!

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  68. Along with my other comment, I meant to say, "Thank You" for always including your list supplies and pictures of the process. That is SO helpful to me!!

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  69. I love your transformation & look forward to everything you do. Wish you could get across to my husband that everything does not have to be perfect. We could get much more work done.

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  70. Howdy Sarah! :) I have a whole stack of that pre-primed MDF in my garage just waiting on me to get my tushy in gear to work on my laundry room! :) Your room is turning out lovely..I'll be glad when I get to the point where you are...I'm doing the B&B,aqua paint, and putting in a nice new shiny black floor. I CAN'T wait...guess I should go get busy!
    :)
    Hugs
    missy

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  72. This looks phenomenal!! Definetly inspired me to get moving on my B&B. Thanks!

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  73. INSANE and GORGEOUS transformation. I'm literally blown away...and love the lamps, by the way! Beautiful work, friend.
    :-)
    shaunna

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  74. Ok see, I am afraid of home improvement stores. Very afraid. I see the wood planks and I get the shivers. So I know I could not do what you do but if you lived closer, I would tag along like a little kid. :)

    Love the room and you are so very talented!!!

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  75. I love the colors, it's looking fabulous, you are my inspiration!

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  76. That is going to look amazing! You are so talented!

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  77. Fantastic!! I've been looking for a do-able DIY room changing project for my master bedroom! I think I just found it. We have boring plain walls with no character. We moved in about 5 or 6 moths ago and I had the task of brightening it up. See that transformation here if you have a minute:
    http://fisilis.wordpress.com/big-mamas-house/

    Great work.

    xo
    Mindy

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  78. I stumbled upon your blog and smiled from ear to ear when I saw this entry. My husband and I just finished a board and batten project in our bonus room! It took us a week to finish as we worked on it at night after work. We are so thrilled with the results and many of the things you mentioned in your entry were things that we encountered as well! I wondered about hanging wooden shades and can see by your pictures that it looks great in your room. You just helped me make up my mind! Anyway, love your blog, love your project ~ hang in there you can do it!!

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  79. It looks so great! And what a difference from the before room with the red walls. I absolutely love the tree artwork - is it from Etsy? Lovely!

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  80. Wow that room has come a long way! I remember when you first painted it and when you found the new desk. Look at it now! Great job! I really wanted to board and batten my new home but alas we are renting during our time in Alaska.

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  81. Christine @ The Glam BlogMarch 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Wow...the room looks fantastic and it's not even finished yet. What a huge difference from the Before picture. I don't think I could have done it myself so I really commend you on doing this job all by yourself. Can't wait to see the final result!!

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  82. I LOVE the new look of your room. Then again, I'm more of a "lighter" decorator. Just personal preference. That amazes me that you were able to get all that done in just 2 days. Can I borrow you?

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  83. Love this! I had to read every single word. I remember when the room was the other color, and the in-between stage. What a difference! I loved the red but I love this change. Change is good! Great job, I hope you got a chance to get a hot pad on your shoulders today!! ~Lori

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  84. I think it all looks perfect!!! I didn't notice the baseboards until you said something! I had to scroll back up and look at them!! I think it looks fantastic!!! I want to do it sooooo bad but I am scared to do it in the rental =(

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  85. Ahh, ya make me sick! J/K! I love it! My husband cracked me up yesterday cause I was telling him how I wish I had your skills and he was like "You wish you had her skills? I WISH I had her SKILLS!" Let's just say that we have quite a few unfinished projects around here! :)

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  86. Awesome job Sarah! It looks amazing and it's not even done yet! Can't wait to see the final result! It really is hard to believe it's the same room. I love it!

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  87. I love it!!! What color is the paint on the wall? It's gorgous and I love your table!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kaye

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  88. Can you PLEASE tell me the name or artist for that print of the trees? I have been looking for something like that forever and can't find one that fits what I want it for. That one is PERFECT!
    (the_davis_house@yahoo.com)

    I want to take a picture from behind of my two kiddos walking hand in hand together. Then see if I can do something like this with that print http://urbanfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/2009/04/friends-who-decorate.html
    I'm hoping that print you have will work!

    Love the batten, but don't envy the caulking that is ahead of you. You are going to be so proud of your work when you sit in there!

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  89. Oh my goodness. I love it!! So impressed!!! Great job!

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  90. I am impressed! The before and after are amazing the difference.

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  91. Oh WOW!! I love it ~ so airy and light and cute :)

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  92. You have SO motivated me to get started on my board and batten. It's a project I've been eyeing up for a while now. And, apparently, it's a good workout- I'd rather be in the workshop than the gym anyway ;)

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  93. Amazing! I did somethings similar with a ledge but had to make it deeper than you did to accommodate my frames. It needs to be deep enough for them to lean with out being unstable. Just FYI. You know those RIBBA frames from Ikea that everyone uses, that are super affordable, matted, in tons of sizes? The frame is really thick. I hope it works out deep enough for you. Maybe all your frames aren't super thick and it won't be a problem.

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  94. It looks gorgeous! I can't wait for the final reveal but so far, I'm loving every single detail! I think you did an amazing job on the board and batten. Around here, we say "imperfection adds character". And I don't see any flaws - I just see beautiful architectural detail. ;)

    Roeshel

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  95. I absolutely adore this. I would love to do something similar in my home office but it's already a small-ish room and I worry it would make it feel smaller. What do you think?

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  96. Wow, what a beautiful transformation. Thanks for all the step by step detail, I think I can do this too.

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  97. Absolutely gorgeous. I just adore your blog and you are so inspiring to me that it's okay to take the risk in order to make a beautiful house and not worry about "perfection". The end effect is so much better that all the little tiny imperfections don't matter anyhow. Great, great job!

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  98. I LOVE this! Sadly, I can guarantee my husband won't like it. darn it! I finally had a chance to look through your site tonight. You have GREAT ideas! Love it!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  99. I love it Sarah. I just did B & B in my bathroom. It adds so much interest to a wall doesn't it. Do you have a paint sprayer? If not it is totally worth it to purchase it now. I sprayed my B & B and it took me about an hour. Plus no brush strokes. It was AWWWWWESOME.

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  100. I just *love* it!!! It's a vision I have had for quite some time for my laundry or living room (I know, two completely different rooms!) but, alas, we are hoping to sell the house so my dreams just sit there for the next place :)
    Like you, I've had many of the same colors in my house as yours in the past and I've been itching for about a year now to "lighten" things up. Thanks for all of your before-and-after pics -- they give me inspiration!!!

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  101. you are SSOOO brave!!! It looks wonderful!! and i ADORE your office table!

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  102. Okay, I am over here all awestruck that you even did this! (Not that I doubt your abilities ever. hehe) Just wow, holy crow! This was a huge project. It looks ahhhhhh-mazing! I can't wait to see what else you do in this room. :)

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  103. Wow! You do a great job of documenting your process! Thank you! My husband and I are renovating a 1930's cottage, and I'm blogging about it. I am taking tips from you :)
    Thank you!

    Erin
    www.chiccottagecharm.com

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  104. holy crap it looks fantastic!!!!! I am dreaming of doing this in my house, just gotta get the hubby on board!

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  105. Fresh, functional and fabulous! I love the totally different color wall than the ceiling idea!

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  106. so, so, so, so, SO gorgeous! I rarely have time to read blogs, but when I do, I always check yours FIRST because IT and YOU are Amazing!

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  107. Came across your blog and enjoying very much! I had the same problem with the light switch...I solved it by using a wood plate cover cut off at the bottom to fit on top of rail. Worked for me! Now back to your blog...

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  108. We did board and batten on our nursery walls and I love it! We also used pre-primed MDF (huge timesaver!), but used 1x2 vertical boards instead of the larger size. At the bottom, we just butted the boards up to the existing baseboard, even though they stick out an extra 1/2". It looks fine, but as a warning, we can no longer vaccum along the wall, as the boards stick out just far enough for the vaccum to hit them. Problem is solved by just vaccuming towards the wall, but this is defintely something to keep in mind if you are looking at board and batten and trying to figure out whether or not to replace base boards!

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  109. It really looks great!! What color are the walls above the batten board?

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  110. I love this!! I am in the process of trying to figure out what I'm doing in my dining room. I am going to do something like this for a headboard in my bedroom that I found on a blog, but I didn't think of it for my dining room.
    I love the extra slat across too.
    Awesome job!

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  111. Sarah, thanks for this lovely post. I had to share it on my blog, I hope you like it.
    Thnks for the inspiration.

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  112. Great job. I am in awe how great it looks, even without taking that baseboards out. I especially like what you did around the windows. I have to study that some more as mine are just the same.

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  113. Love love love the board and batten look!You did a great job!I am envious! I am so nervous on doing it in my dining and living area but the hubby is telling me I need to make up my mind before he finishes installing the wood floor. I just get worried it can be a bit too much or get out of hand. Have you decided to do more through out your home?

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  114. I absolutely love your light in this room. All of my bedrooms have plug in lights and I have yet to figure out how to add in a swag and actually have it look good. do you have a tutorial on how you did your's?

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  115. Hi!!! This is my first visit at your blog and I L-O-V-E it. We are currently trying to sell our home, which I loved fixing up.... We are on the hunt for a new home. Reading this post totally inspired me to want to buy a "fixer upper." Great job!

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  116. You've inspired me to do this in our master bedroom. Thanks for all the how-to details. I'm gonna need it! Your space looks amazing!

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  117. Heyo!

    Lovin' your ideas! I had plans to do beadboard in my dining room, but when I saw your "board and batten", I changed my mind!

    Check out my dining room in it's pre-trim and paint state (I linked to back to you too)!
    And thanks for all the inspiration!

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  118. I love the board and batten. I have been waiting to get this done in my dining room! Wish me luck! I just started following your blog. so cute. Come by my blog some time.. Its new.. but hey you gotta start somewhere! great job!

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  119. I'm really glad you posted this- even though it has been a little while ago. My husband and I are finishing our basement and I wanted board and batten so badly, and I knew what I wanted to do, but this made it super easy to show my husband what the heck I was talking about. I love your pictures. It makes me so excited to get ours done too!

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  120. WOW you did a great job!! AMAZING
    What is name of your wall color?

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  121. You may already have this answer, but I have tired head from a little one being up all night....but how do you decide how high the boards go? Is there a rule or just your preference. I am beginning this project and want to get all my eggs in a row!! Thanks, and good job!

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  122. Someone else asked this question last March, and I checked your FAQ - but I'm loving the paint colors in your office (not mentioned in FAQ). Do you remember what the beige and blue were? Thank you for all your hard work sharing your..uh....hard work! You are VERY inspiring and helpful! Thanks for any time you have to answer my question!
    Karin Bolstad
    karin@karinbolstad.com

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  123. Hi! This tutorial is so helpful, I clicked over from Pinterest to see how to do our own board and batten project more efficiently...and fell in love with your dreamy forest poster.
    I've just spent about an hour looking for it to no avail.
    Could you e-mail me the name/source of your beautiful piece of art? Minerfemail@gmail.com
    Thanks so, so much!
    Charity

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  124. What do you do if the window has an existing trim? do you keep it or remove it?

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  125. So sorry to hear about your kitty! I lost my little 18year old girl to the same thing today :0(:She was almost 19. But looking through your projects cheers me up a bit :0) God Bless!

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