Easy Board and Batten Wall
I've been wanting to share this little (um, big?) board and batten wall DIY with you for almost a year now, but finally had time to tackle it! Last summer we decided to update Reagan's bedroom (she was twelve, and ready for a more grown up room and bigger bed), so we've slowly made a few changes.
I'm a sucker for beautiful trim work, so board and batten trim is one of my favorite things to add to give a room instant character. We already have board and batten in our dining room, foyer and hallways, so this seamlessly fit with the rest of our home.
We found her new furniture through a friend from Pottery Barn (I love it. and the sizing is perfect)!
And since James is awesome at hanging trim, he set to work.
(He's done our foyer, stairwell and bathroom using board and batten trim too, as well as lots of other small spaces as we've moved in and out of our homes. This one's my favorite though as it turned out just perfectly!)
Her room was painted like the rest of our house in Sherwin Williams Seasalt, but we changed to the prettiest pink (Sherwin Williams Romance ~ I love it!)
And then . . . James got to work on this board and batten wall. (Bless that man!)
The reason alllll this happened now?
Well, when we were first married, we were on a crazy tight budget.
So tight that we lived without a couch in our living room for 18 months, because we really couldn't afford a new one. (Since clearance paint was wayyyy cheaper than a couch, we saved time by never sitting on a couch and instead painted anything that would hold still.)
It was during that season that my smart (frugal!) hubby figured out that wood was cheap too. But labor was EXPENSIVE. So he started tinkering with a few trim projects around our home.
We'd make dinner at home (spaghetti ….again!) save the $20 we could have spent eating out on a Friday night, and swing by Lowe's to buy a few boards. (His first project was a DIY table coffee table using 2x4s and a piece of plywood. I covered it with some fabric I found at Walmart for 98¢. IT WAS HIDEOUS. #bestmoneyeverspent
Looking back, I'm so glad we lived without that couch for so long, although I remember sitting on the floor where the couch belonged and just dreaming of what a couch must feel like. 😅 But learning to DIY everything was worth way more than a couch back then.
I remember looking at ALL the beautiful things in ALL the beautiful magazines and feeling a twinge of jealousy at what other folks had ~ but us *having* to wait for things forced us to be resourceful.
I'm so thankful for all we learned back then.
I'll have James pop in here shortly and add alllll the measurements and materials he used for the trim work on the wall but clearly, he's the rockstar around here! 🙂
In the meantime, what are you working on this weekend? What are you saving big for? What meal can you eat at home to save for something big today? I'd love to hear ~ I'm cheering for you! Be encouraged that learning while waiting is paving the way for big things ahead.
And poor James. I'm assigning him the laundry room next. I'll let you know how it goes. 🙂
Have you done something fun in your home lately? I'd love to hear what you're up to . . . a pretty fresh space on a budget is always my favorite thing to do. Happy Friday!
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