Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One Room Challenge (Week 3): Board and Batten, Check!

Hello my sweet friends and thanks for stopping by for week three of the One Room Challenge!  I know that this thought pops into my head this every time at this point, but HOLY COW the half-way mark really creeps up fast!  I feel like I'm pretty on track so I'm not stressing too much-yet!

In case you missed the plans for our "new" living room and the update on the new floors you can catch those posts here:

One Room Challenge (Week 1): The Plans!
One Room Challenge (Week 2): A Good Start

I mentioned that I have envisioned having board and batten in our living room for ages but have had a hard time getting around to actually doing it.  Thank goodness for this good old challenge because it finally gave me the push to get it done!  (Well, that and the fact that the whole room was already cleared out for the floors helped too! )

I measured and nailed the boards up before we brought any of the furniture back inside which made the process go a lot smoother!

You'll have to excuse the crummy lighting since I took these pictures late in the day.  I'm also not sure what Tristan was watching that was so jaw dropping haha.

Once the nail holes were filled I sanded, caulked and painted.  And then painted some more.  Seriously, painting is the most tedious step because of all of the nooks and crannies.  But it is was SO worth it because it turned out beautifully.  I forgot to take a picture so you'll just have to take my word for the time being!

Next on the list is to refinish the coffee table that I found on Craigslist.  I have been searching for at least a year to find the perfect coffee table. I've always envisioned having an awesome faux vintage card catalog table but finding a table that was the right size with drawers seemed impossible.

I was just about to give up and buy a basic one from a store until I stumbled upon this guy...

The post was over a month old and for that price I was doubtful that it would still be available.  However much to my happy surprise, it was!

You guys.  This thing is solid.  Seriously, it's so hard to find furniture like this in the stores these days.  And definitely not for a price like $45!

I was so over the moon excited about my find.  But our garage was such a mess from the flooring that I had no place to work on it.  Luckily the hubby finally got out there on Monday night to clean up just enough for me to have some space to work.  I don't think I've ever been so excited to start a furniture makeover!

It came just in time for this month's Thrift Store Décor Upcycle Challenge so I will share the final outcome with you all next week.

Oh! I also came up with a plan to make the fireplace look a little nicer and I'm pretty stoked to see how it turns out.  As you may recall our corner fireplace is nothing fancy and it's always been kind of a thorn in my side.

I was originally planning on just painting the grout but while I was researching the best method I stumbled upon the idea of stenciling tile!

I've been obsessed with the vintage style tile patterns that I've seen everywhere lately and when I found the Augusta Tile Stencil I was sold.


Isn't it gorgeous?! I plan on doing a really light gray so that it doesn't stick out too much but will still add a subtle pop of pretty to the space. 

I'm off from work today and tomorrow so I plan on getting some serious work done during naptime.  Hopefully by this time next week I'll have both the coffee table and the fireplace done so that I can start to zone in on the fun accessorizing portion!

Be sure to swing over here to check out how the other guest participants in this challenge are chugging along!

See you all next week :)

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  1. Good morning. I was wondering, do you always use the 1x4 each time you did the board and batten? I want to do my staircase, bedroom, hallway and living room. I was laughing and happy cause you did exactly what I wanted! I know I can do this too. Thanks.

    1. It's actually 1/4" plywood cut down into 3" strips! Although when I did a board and batten grid wall in our master I used 1x4s. If you go to my project gallery you can see how I did it and how it turned out! I hope that helps. Good luck on your DIY adventures :)

  2. I can't wait to see how the board and batten turned out! It's so tedious but so worth it!


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