If you recall, when I completed the stool makeovers I mentioned that I wanted to put board and batten on these two walls to brighten the space up. Here's what it looked like before (I apologize in advance for how my pictures turned out in this post--I just noticed that they are all really poor).
As I mentioned in my great debate about this project, I chose a 1/4" plywood to make my battens so that I didn't have to deal with any overhang on the baseboards.
I applied two coats of white paint to the walls first.
For the battens, I started with the bottom and top boards first. The angle of the walls required me to cut one piece at 45 degrees on my miter box.
I wanted the battens to be spaced so that I didn't have any funny cut outs around the vents, light switch or outlet. I cut 3" strips of masking tape to play around with different spacing.
It took me probably over an hour but I finally decided that my battens would be 8.5" apart, except for at the corner. Those would be 9.5" away from the corner edge because of where the vent was located. In the end I really can't tell and I think it looks much better.
I measured out where each batten would go and used a level to make sure it was straight before nailing them in.
Because I was just using a hammer the nail heads stuck out. I used a large nail and the hammer to "tap" them all the way into the wood.
This wasn't as easy as it sounds though! It was really hard to get the large nail to stay put and not slip off the nail head.
Again, I had pictures of this step--what in the world did I do with them??
After all of the spackle was sanded and the edges and seams were caulked, I applied a little bit of extra molding to the top and painted.
And here we are today!
Ideally I could probably still use one more coat of paint. I'm still trying to get through my cheapo can that I bought a couple of weeks ago so the coverage is awful.
I'm so happy with how much it has brightened up the space though. :)
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