A Dining Room Becomes A Music Room: Board and Batten

In the last post about the music room, this is where we left off- wallpaper, floor trim, carpet and chair rail was removed, and we were all set for the carpet to be laid.

Removing Wallpaper

We were amazed at how fast the carpet was laid.  In our old house, we had all wood or tile flooring, so this was our first experience with carpet.  Granted, this room is only 9.5×14′, but the carpet layer was in and out of our house in under an hour.  Years down the road, we may put wood flooring in this room, but for now, carpet meets our needs in this room best.  It’s cheap, didn’t require our time to install, and it’s pretty cozy, too!

Home Depot Millwork

We decided to add board and batten to the lower 4 feet of the walls.  We looked at several tutorials, but our favorite was this one from Young House Love.  What we liked best from YHL was how they just painted the wall with glossy white paint to resemble board, instead of putting board up all over the wall.  It saved us a lot of time and money.  Now that it’s done, you would never guess that our board and batten is really just batten.

We headed out to Home Depot one Saturday to get our supplies.  We grabbed 4 inch baseboard for the room.  It’s amazing how much change you notice in a room just by switching out the old 2 inch baseboard for 4 inch.  We decided to keep all of the window and door trim and just paint it bright white.  In this house, our motto is to make it look great while saving as much money and time as we can.  Painting, instead of removing, window and door trim, is one way we’re doing that.

Sawing at Home Depot

For the board across the top of the board and batten, we picked up some ordinary 1×3 pine boards that were primed white.  We had a lot of trouble finding battens that were inexpensive AND would give us the look we wanted.  We finally settled on these, 1-5/8″ Wood Primed Finger-Jointed Lattice Moulding.  We looked at Lowe’s and Mendards stores, but could only find these at Home Depot.  I promise Home Depot’s not paying me, I just love that store so much!

Baby Sleeping At Home Depot

Oh look, Hudson loves it too!  I was carrying him through the store, and all of the sudden he felt really heavy.  I looked over, and he was sound asleep.

Painting Window Trim

When we got home, Nathan painted the existing trim and the lowest 4 feet of the walls with glossy white paint.

Board and Batten In Process

After the paint dried, he put up the baseboard, and then the battens.  Since studs are typically 16 inches apart, we decided to place the battens 16 inches apart, so we could nail them right onto the studs.

I got Nathan this stud finder, and it’s awesome!  It’s basically just a strong magnet, and it finds the screws in the studs that were used to attach the sheets of drywall.

Board and Batten In Process

 

Board and Batten In Process

 Once all the battens were up, Nathan added the primed 1×3 pine board across the top.  In this picture, he’s trimming out the small doorway to the closet under our stairs.  Putting up the floor trim, the battens and the top board only took one Saturday afternoon.

IMG_2021Quilt from Little Sproutie

And, of course, no post could be complete without an update on baby Hudson.  At 27 inches and 16 pounds, he’s a 4-month-old giant.  His cheerful grins bring so much joy to our house!

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