Thursday, February 7, 2013

Faux Board and Batten Run Down

 Here is what I was going for:

Here is what I started with (bleh):

Did some painting in a semi-gloss white for the base:

Got my first board up and level:

Went to town with the nail gun while R napped:

Caulked the seams, filled my holes, and sanded the crap out of it:

Did a coat of primer and sanded:

Did a coat of paint and sanded, then another coat and sanded:

Then one last coat of paint and a final sand, and added some hooks I had on hand from a $10 Ikea coat rack I had bought a while back and had taken out of our room:

From start to finish, the project took 2 weeks - if you don't have a 3 month old it should take you 3 days or less. The longest part is waiting for the paint to dry in between coats, and waiting for the caulk to dry before you can paint. 

Not too shabby - now to paint the wall above it and get some pictures up there.

Overall I love it and it adds much more character to my little entrance wall than was there before.

The only downside? The lumber cost me about $50, which is a little steep in my opinion, but what's done is done and at least I have a lovely wall to show for it. Once the bench is in place with the pictures and painted wall, we will do one last side by side comparison to see how I did based on my inspiration photo-shopped picture. All in good time though, all in good time.


  1. Looking forward to the "beauty" shots of your board and batten all tricked out with the bench etc. I need to make sure my sis sees your successful efforts. I know she wants to try it in her son's bath where the towel rack pulled out of the wall!

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