Sunday, March 27, 2011

Board and Batten Living Room!

We have only been here a our new home a month,
but I just couldn't leave well enough alone!
I had to do a project!
My husband thinks I should just concentrate on unpacking
and I totally understand his point! 
But I couldn't help myself!
I wanted the living room to be welcoming and fresh!
I love all this Board and Batten I have been seeing!


And blue is the new red!
So I decided to paint!

This is what the room looked like before.
The red was a pretty red, but just not for me.
It made this large room seem too small.

Here is the room primed

 Here is it painted.

I chose Benjamin Moore Puritan Grey
for the main part of the room.
It is a real pretty blue grey.
I painted the lower 2/3 of the room
 the same color of the trim.
Which I am not quite sure what color that is .
They just had a left over can in the garage.

 Here is a pic with the boards put up. 

The boards were very simple to put up!
My husband did the math so that the boards were
spaced evenly across the wall.
(I think we just measured the length of the wall,
decided about how far apart I wanted them spaced,
decided about how many boards that would be,
and divided the length by the number of boards,
and that gave us the space in inches.  I think :)

We purchased primed 1x3's from Home Depot for the main part.
a 1x2 for the top, and a little piece of decorative corner round to go under the 1x2. 
It really was a piece of cake.
Neil cut the boards and I hung them.
Together we made a pretty good team!

After (Almost)

Trying to find the right hanging light fixture, rug,
 a buffet or bookcase, and a standing light.

Couches from Ashley Furniture

Curtains are drop clothes from Home Deopt.
They came out with this seam I am not too fond of,
so I am thinking of sewing a strip of material through the middle.
Or take them down all together and get something
more custom.  It is hard to get curtains for this house because I have 9'
ceilings.  Which I love, don't get me wrong, but
for the curtains to go above the windows I need
ones that are 108" long. 
Those are hard to find!
And if I can find them they are expensive!


Lamp from Ross
Still contemplating...
(may need bigger one)

Mirror is from Ross
Love this!

Homemade framed art
Frames are from Ross
Material is from Joann's
Very happy with how they turned out!

So why stop with the living room?
I decided to put it in the entryway too.
The color in the entry was also
just too dark for me.


I wanted the entry to look nice and bright
when you walked in!
I wasn't quite sure what color I wanted the entry.
So for now it is the same color as the rest of the house.
Tavern Taupe from Kwal.
But is lighter and I like it a whole lot better!


All painted and the wood put up!

So far I am loving the look!
I have since caulked and painted it.
And also hung a mirror.
I would love to get a fun antique dresser
or buffet for the space!

More pics to come!


  1. The pictures aren't loading on this post. I'm so excited to see what your new house looks like!

  2. I love it Shine!! It looks so good! So when can you come do this to my front room? Seriously When??

  3. Girl...that turned out Go-Jus! BEAUTIFUL! Its so HAPPY looking now:)
    I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

    And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)



  4. Nice job, it looks great! I love that you've only been there a month and you are already taking on big projects like this! We've been in our home five years and just did B&B and I am SO glad we did.
    Love your homemade framed art too!!

  5. Hi, first visit here. I'm so impressed that you've only been in your home for a month and have accomplished so much. I love architectural details painted a crisp white. You've already added to your resale value and you've only been in a few weeks!


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