Board and Batten Bathroom Transformation {Under $30!}

Last week, on a whim I decided to undertake a project that I have been wanting to attempt for years.  Never, never, never have I ever done anything remotely like this, so I'm not quite sure why I believed I could do it.  But alas, the pins on Pinterest got the best of me and I decided that I would just go for it...while the hubby was out of town...without telling him my plans...without consulting anyone {except the nice guys in Home Depot}.

When I first felt the urge, I googled the "how to" and read a few blogs of others who had attempted it in the past.  That's when I landed on one of my all-time favorite blogs, Young House Love, and decided to use their method as my guideline. I made a few changes along the way, but in the end it was as easy as 1,2,3{4,5,6}.

Here is my 6-step process:

1. Gather your supplies.  This is what I used:
    ~ "Decorator's White" paint                    {already had this on hand from baseboard touch-ups}
    ~ Primer                                                  {already on hand from other projects}
    ~Paint roller and tray                               {already owned}
    ~ 3 Lattice Boards, 5 feet each*                     $10.65
    ~ 1, 1x2 Pine Board, cut to 57.25" long*         $4.87
    ~ 1, 1x3 Pine Board, cut to 57.25" long*         $2.87
    ~ Level                                                    {already owned}
    ~ Liquid Nails                                                   $4.98
    ~ Caulk                                                            $2.28
    ~ Caulking Gun                                        {already owned}
                                                                  GRAND TOTAL: $25.65

     *Since the hubby was out of town, I had the guys at Home Depot cut my boards to size.

2. Make it easy on yourself by priming and painting your lumber and wall, first thing.  This saves a lot of time as it is much easier to slap on a coat of paint on an empty wall than it is to try and "cut in" with the paint at all the nooks and crannies.

3. Measure then check and recheck your desired board placements.  Be sure to use your level...if your house is like ours then your walls will not be even.  I used a pencil to draw a line along where I wanted the boards.

4. Apply Liquid Nails to the area where you will attach the board.  If you marked lines with your pencil then just place dots of it along the lines.  Be careful not to gob too much on there or it will seep out and you'll have a mess to clean me!  Then press the board to the wall and hang out for a minute while it does it's magic.  {I used the three latice boards as my vertical "batten." The 1x3 pine was used as my horizontal plank and the 1x2 pine created the mini shelf to top it all off}

5. Grab your caulk and gun then get to work on filling in all of those gaps. Like I said, our walls are not even so I had a lot of hefty gaps to fill in.

                     ***Here's a useful tip from Diane at In My Own Style:
                          "Keep a bowl of ice water nearby when caulking. Frequently dip your index
                          finger in the water and run the tip of your finger over just applied caulk to
                          smooth. You can also run an ice cube along the line of caulk to smooth into the
                          joint or gap."

6. Grab your paint brush/roller to freshen up any areas that need it. Once the paint dries you can add the hardware, if desired. I added two hat and coat hooks for our towels.

This project was fairly simple and well worth the money and time {about 4ish hours....wee-hours of the night as the kids slept...spread over two days}.  I only wish I had done it sooner!

Linking up with:
Savvy Southern Style
DIY by Design
Open House Party

1 comment:

  1. I have been thinking about doing something like this in our powder room downstairs...this is giving me inspiration. Probably need to finish my "already started" project of taking down wall paper and painting in the kitchen first, though. This looks so great and I am truly impressed!


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