Sunday, September 26, 2010

Board and Batten-Wainscoting-Paneling.....

Image: Sawdust and Paperscraps
Let me begin by saying that this is the picture that started it all! I emailed Sandra for some tips and she emailed me right back. Thanks Sandra!

Then before we got started working my friend Tami drew out the plans....I KNOW she is amazing!! I had NO IDEA she had this trick up her sleeve!! We put all of the boards out and switched the sizes of boards to see what we liked. Then I took my drawings to the Home Depot 6 thousand times to have the MDF cut. (Norbert misses me I'm sure. Hiii Norbert!)

These are the measurements that we used. (Click to enlarge) We used half inch MDF cut into 3 and 6 inch "boards".
And by "we" I mean *Keys. He did all of the work, I made 6,583,467 trips to the Home Depot. (He likes to keep me "busy") No he is not my husband, he is a friend of ours/carpenter. My husband doesn't believe in power tools, and he thinks that I will cut my hands off if I use them. Notice in this picture the builder said. "We'll just throw on some weird angles of wood and no one will ever notice."
We (*see above) added "boards" to create symmetry on the staircase.
Ahhhhh! Much better!

The walls look spray-tan orange in this picture.....have no idea why...Notice the Brushed Nickle hardware is now Oil Rubbed Bronze..
Wow! Love it!


Ahhhhh After!

Before...Our Picture Wall

After...Clean and Bright (I think new pictures are going up.)

I just took off the Brushed Nickle hardware and spray painted it Oil Rubbed Bronze. I did a few light coats and then a few coats of sealer on top. Don't tell on me, am I currently banned from spray paint. Which I take to mean spray all you want while the hubby is at work, and then cover your tracks.
See how pretty it looks!



  1. Wow, it's gorgeous. It was a lot of work, I'm sure, but what a pay off!

  2. It looks great. I've been reading your back posts and what a trip huh? Losing your sense of time. I can't even quite wrap my head around it but I have a terrible memory that I can kind of get it...a little. Anyway, looks like you went to town with your wainscoting and it looks awesome! Great job.

  3. and when you are FINALLY done with your house... PLEASE ... come do mine! Love ya,



    Looking for a small, low (below the window) bookshelf for Jordan's room. I have got to find a way to clean up all of his high school books. The floor, and an overcrowded desk is NOT working anymore!

  4. Wow! What a huge project! It looks beautiful!

    Is that a Pier 1 rug? I think I need one just like that. =)

  5. Wow, I am so impressed! You have such a nice house. My regular house in the East is a Colonial with low ceilings and narrow halls, so this kind of treatment is probably not possible. You really supervised a great project! Really enjoying your other blog. Ann

  6. Rockin! Totally beautiful. What a difference. Makes me want to add b & b to every square inch of my house. And I am banned from spray paint too. Which, like you, means I just find ways around the ban :)

    So glad you could Mi4M!

  7. That looks absolutely beautiful!

  8. Wow! Wow! What a great job you did. It looks fabulous. Your hard work has paid off in spades.

  9. WOW! I always adore board & batten... fab on your stairs!

  10. Oh my gosh--now I know what we are doing in the hallway!! Thanks for posting so many pictures, it looks amazing. :)

  11. I love this post! Your home is gorgeous. Would love for you to come over and link up to Project Diaries!

  12. Wow,
    What a way to add charm to your walls! I love this new look!
    Dee Dee

  13. You did a fantastic job... what a difference! Visiting from Stories of a House.

  14. This was a stunning upgrade to your lovely home. I'm sure it was a lot of work. It looks fabulous! I'm a visitor from Stories of a House.

  15. This is an amazing transformation. I've been wanting to do something like this too. Thanks for the before and after photos. What a huge difference! Great job.

  16. Love it. I have been wanting to add some to my home but have not yet figured out where to put it. After seeing your amazing transformation, it's moved back up to the top of the list. Well done.

  17. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I featured your board and batten today at Stories of a House. Feel free to grab the "I Wrote a Page..." button for your blog!

  18. Hi, stopping by from Stories of a House. I really love your stairs and entry with the added trim. I'm a new follower.

  19. Hi, I found your post on Between Naps on the Porch. I love what you did with this project! Beautiful!!

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