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Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom

Are you a board and Batten fan?  Today’s post is picking up on part II of the Master bathroom Redo.  You remember our post on master bath storage when we built the in between stud cabinet?  Well, that one cabinet started what my husband refers to as the ripple effect – Every time I use this awesome cabinet, I felt like something was missing.  This cabinet gave our bathroom the start of a cottage like feel, so the next thing we did was a logical choice, we installed Board and Batten Wainscoting of course!

Master Bath Storage Post

It was a fun project but took a little time, about a week or so to plan.  After the cabinet build I changed the wall color to Valspar’s paint color “Shaken Not Stirred” (very James Bond I know) purchased from Lowe’s.  Once this grey color hit the wall, that cottage feel was a little stronger.  So for over a week, I would walk in and stand there thinking what do I install next? Then this little room gave me the answer, and that’s when I ran to Home Depot and purchased my next project – Board and Batten Wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

This one tiny change opened up this small room, and I love the effect, and if you try it in your bathrooms I know you will love it too.  It’s very easy, but time consuming due to the cuts.  Here’s how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting:

1. First I removed all the baseboards, and then prepped/primed/painted the wall.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

2. After the paint dried, I trimmed out the bottom of the wall with 1x4x12.  I cut all the pieces to match on a 45 degree angle on an inside and outside corner method.  I attached to the foot of the wall using caulking that lined the top, bottom and sides, then nailed to the wall with my Ryobi nail gun and 2” nails.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

(Note: use the caulking on the back of the Board and Batten Wainscoting to make sure you get a tight seal – because it’s in a bathroom you don’t want any moisture creating any problems of mold build up behind the board).

3. Next, I cut two 1x2x8’s in half giving me 4” vertical pieces.  Nailing to wall after adding my Caulking as I did above.  I started with the corners and measured my board spacing each one 10 ½” apart.  Then I finished adding the vertical boards creating my board and batten wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

4. Then, I moved on to the top of the vertical pieces using 1x3x12 on a 45 degree angles.  Using a 1x2x12 as a cap piece I turned this piece to give that finished picture rail look.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

5. To finish the look of the Board and Batten Wainscoting, I caulked all the cracks, covered the nail holes, and let cure overnight.  The following day, I finished adding the last coat of bright white paint.  Because I used pre-primed boards, I did not have to prime.  I simply added my bright white paint and let it dry for the pristine appearance.  Just a side note, I love bright white paint, so I have Porter paints mix my white, adding three drops of black paint.  This one little technique brightens the white and you can tell where your white paint stops and starts.  What do you think of the Board and Batten Wainscoting look?

Board and Batten Wainscoting

I want to thank you all who participated with the paint colors and red pop choices through our Facebook and Hometalk discussions.  As you can see I value your input in my design.  I am glad you follow our blog and are so active with helping.  But most of all I hope you enjoy trying the installation of board and batting wainscoting.

Post you tomorrow the next updated Master Bath Redo Part III!  Have a great night everyone!

Linda

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda

 

DIY Stocking Hanger

DIY Stocking Hanger

DIY Stocking Hanger

Hi everyone!  Tonight I made an easy DIY Stocking Hanger I wanted to share with you.  So Sorry for the late post, but I spent the day helping a friend make the lovely lighted gift blocks shown on our blog for her office gift party.

DIY Stocking Hanger

The DIY stocking hanger was a quick little project.  I love the ideas of red and white injected into at least one room of my home, so the choice to do this with a simple DIY stocking hanger really spoke to me.  Our last home had a lovely fireplace, but the new home does not have a fireplace, so I had to get inventive so Santa would find those stockings.

Here’s what I did.

First, I took and old frame of black from my decorator closet and popped out the glass.  I added a piece of sheet metal I purchased from Lowe’s for about $3.99.  It was a perfect fit for the frame so I did not have to cut it.  I simple took out the glass and popped in the sheet metal to give us a beautiful background.

DIY Stocking Hanger

Then, I added my letters “JOY” purchased at Joann’s for $3.99 each.  I simply added red and white stripped ribbon purchased from Michael’s and tied into a bow.  Then I hot glued the letters to the sheet metal.

DIY Stocking Hanger

Next, I added four small clothes pins purchased from Joann’s (bag $3.49).  I Hot glued each clothes pin to the bottom of the frame.

DIY Stocking Hanger

After the clothes pins were set, I hung simple red stockings purchased at Joann’s for $2.99 each, added a beautiful wooden ornament left from my wrapping box last year, and small Christmas charms that are really wine glass tags, to each stocking.  I finished off the look by adding a red and white stripped candy cane to each stocking.

DIY Stocking Hanger

This easy DIY stocking hanger is hung behind our dining table.  It helped to balance the easy DIY candy cane center piece for the table we did a couple days ago.  I also added one of the Painted Christmas Ornaments I completed in yesterday’s post to my center piece to give it a little pop of green.  Make sure you stop by Bob Vila and see our Painted Christmas Ornaments post  featured on his site.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

To me it’s the simple things you can make that brighten your Christmas decor.  These little touches of red and white remind me of my grandmother.  She always had one room that was all red and white, this small touch to our home makes me feel like a child again and think of her 🙂   Well, that’s Hello I Live Here’s post for tonight.  I hope you enjoy trying this Easy DIY stocking hanger craft project.

Thanks for stopping by to view our Christmas decor ideas.  Happy DIY crafting – see you all tomorrow!

 

Linda

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