Monday, March 21, 2011

Board and Batten and A Little Construction

It’s been very busy around my house the past few weeks. 
Does anyone else have a room in their house that they just don’t like? I do. Since I moved to this house I never could stand the look of the main floor family room.  It’s a big room and definitely has potential, but I hate the way my furniture looks in it. I have no walls.
One wall is all window, two other walls have room entrances and one wall is taken up by the TV. Not a great layout.
So instead of grumbling to myself any time I walk by that room, I decided to do something about it.
So here is my no-wall room before.
I took these pictures just before we started construction, so it’s in a bit of disarray already. You can see this angle from the entrance way.  Having this break in the wall actually made my entry seem smaller that it really was.  Company would crowd all around that little carpet area rather than walk a few steps in.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 004a 
Here is another angle of the same room
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 009b
What I need is a wall to put furniture against, so that my furniture isn’t in the middle of the room.  (What I really need is new furniture, but we won’t go there.)
So here is where the construction begins.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 037a
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 038a
I must make mention here .. ahem.. that I, yes I did all my own taping and mudding of this drywall work.  Mr. Charming worked his magic putting up the wall, but I taped it. Ok, enough tooting my own horn. (toot)
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 042a
A new day, with new sunshine. Don’t forget the very important job of priming bare drywall before you paint it.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 050a
So now that the wall is up, the board and batten commences.
Lets look at some before pictures. The baseboards have already been pulled off in this hallway.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 033a
Since my walls were in good shape, (although not always straight) The walls were painted white first and then strips of MDF were added in the chosen pattern.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 054a
After all the boards are up, its time to caulk all the joins and gaps.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 055a
After the caulking is dry, sanding is the dirtiest but most important job. Sand down any uneven joins with a power sander until it feels completely smooth.  I also went over all the straight edges with a sanding sponge just to make sure everything was completely smooth and no traces of caulking was left behind.
After sanding and wiping everything down free from dust.  Paint the entire thing all over again, including the walls you previously painted white.  You may need 2 or 3 coats.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 070a
I’m including this picture below because we started up the stairs before I painted the walls white.. and I’m here to tell ya… DON’T.  Paint them white first. It’s a lot less trouble.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 080a
So now lets take a closer before and after look.
The stairway went from this,
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 028a
to this
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 096a
The hallway went from this,
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 032a
to this.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 088a
For more info on the wall hangings go to my previous post HERE.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 093a
The entry went from this,
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 004a
to this.
This allows the room on the other side much more space to properly place furniture. You can see that the new wall has made my entrance seem so much larger too.
No wall hangings here yet.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 084a
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 101a
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 098a
As for the room on the other side of this wall… well that’s a post for another day!
 Board and Batten and Wall Construction 110a
ahhh.. now I can sit in my new room WITH walls and stare at my other walls.
Board and Batten and Wall Construction 105a

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  1. GREAT JOB!!! You must be exhausted after all that work, but that entry and hall look amazing.


  2. Love it! Wanna come do it in my house? :)

  3. Wow!! Looks gorgeous! Have a great week.

  4. That looks like a ton of work, but oh so worth it. I am really impressed with your taping and mudding. Love all the changes.

  5. Lisa, it looks fantastic and amazing! What a great change!

  6. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that is putting B&B all over my house.. You did great!! It looks wonderful!! :O)

  7. I have to say i like the stairs but i'm afraid i'm probably one in a million people that actually liked your entry way the way it was...

  8. This is beautiful!!!! Great job!

  9. jinxxxygirl...I totally understand how you can say that. I'm usually the one taking DOWN the walls as I love everything open. But this room was a complete disaster for furniture. I needed that wall. The entry still needs to be spruced up a bit.. I think I might add a narrow bench along that wall and some wall hangings.. You won't even know that wall was ever there!
    Thanks for visiting!

  10. Gorgeous Transformation!

    I'm a new follower, I would love for you to stop by sometime!

    Warm Wishes,

  11. That looks amazing ! Great job and as always thanks for sharing.

  12. The B & B looks great! What a challenge to continue it up the stair case too -wow! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures. All I did yesterday was clean off a bookshelf and hang a picture... :)
    The sad part -you are making us wait to see your other room!!!!! The good part -we get to look forward to it. :)

  13. Your house has come such a long way. It is definitely a charming little cottage :)

  14. All of it is just beautiful! Lots of work I know but so many rewards.

  15. Hi, I just by chance happened to stumble upon your blog and I must say that I am so glad I did! You did a great job with your entry way and the B & B, WOW!


  16. I absolutely love it! You did a fine job of taping the wall, too! That's not an easy job.

  17. Wow. That is pretty darn nice looking.

  18. I love the "double" board look. I bet that wall really helps the living room- can't wait to see!

  19. Wow, you have been busy. It looks great.

  20. Wow, you guys have been busy. The board and baton looks fabulous, especially love it on the stairs.

    Thanks for linking my Flaunt it Friday party, I'm featuring you. Please stop by and grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like. :)

  21. This is an amazing transformation. What a joy it must be to walk through your house each day! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pictures.

  22. What a beautiful job you did. It really made a difference by putting up that wall. It has such style and depth, well worth the all the hard work you put in.

  23. Great job! You guys really worked hard on this project, and it definitely paid off. I'm a sucker for beautiful stairs, and the contrast between the white B&B and the dark wood stairs is to die for. I love it!

  24. Holy cow, that is fantastic! What an amazing transformation! Great job! Quick question about your steps - Did they ever have carpet on them? I am thinking about ripping out my carpet and I love the stain and look of yours. Wondering if they were original or if you had done work on them.
    Scissors & Spatulas

  25. Hi Lisa I am so glad I found your blog your home is gorgeous and the board and batten looks fabulous!! I just became your newest follower. Would love you to stop by when you get a chance and ck out my giveaway I think you'll like it!! Martina

  26. Looks great! We have added similar treatments in our house and another one on our "to do" list is to take the board and batten up the stairs. It's a daunting project - yours turned out great!!

  27. Geez! How impressive are you?? You probably have more ambition in your pinkie finger than I have in my whole body! What a beautiful home too.

    Warmly, Michelle

  28. Wow gorgeous! I especially love it in the stairway. That must have been quite a project!

  29. What a fabulous new look. Love the board and batten!

  30. Wow ~ I cannot believe that I missed this post! What a great job Lisa ~ a lot of hard work but the payoff is huge.

  31. What an amazing job!!! Congrats on all of the hard work and great job with the taping and mudding. So difficult!

  32. Wow! It really turned out amazing. I tried to convince my husband to put board and batten in our master bath after seeing this and he declined since the master bedroom already has beadboard. What a stinker!

  33. wow! that is fab-u-lous! lots of work, i'm sure, but lots of pay-off too! you do have great b4 and afters!

  34. I am absolutely in love with your board and batten treatment! I cannot believe the difference it made! It's truly stunning. I am hoping to do something like this in our future home.
    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  35. I just found your picture on houzz. WOW! Amazing!!! I am hoping to get started on my dinning room this morning! Thanks for inspiring!

  36. Your project inspired my board & batten project in my daughter's room. Love it - makes me want to b&b the whole house! :)

  37. WOW! This is one of the best before and after's for B&B that I've ever seen. I adore it! especially the stairs! I've been wanting to do this going down to my basement so I was googled and found your follower here. Amazing! Wish you had a tutorial for the stairs . . .

  38. Found you via pinterest. This is on the project list for our dining room and up our stairs. Love how yours turned out! Can you tell me what the width of your mdf was? Thanks!



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