DIY Board and Batten Fireplace treatment…

I had been mulling several ideas around in my head about what to do with this wall in our new house(the Christmas picture from last year is the ONLY picture I could find—I have NOT put up Christmas yet…I am not THAT bad!)
The huge plus is that the rock fireplace is awesome, and the white mantel is beautiful!!  But the big downside is it just didn’t have enough of focal point for me on the wall when you walk in the room.  It’s a super long room with great recessed lights and two windows on either side, but it was BORING!  And the applesauce wall color??  Don’t get me started….that is not my idea of a good neutral color.
So I finally found a great paint color from Benjamin Moore called Ashley Gray—it was perfect.  I wanted to do some kind of treatment to the wall that would extend to the ceiling to make the room feel taller.  I finally settled on a board and batten type look and it turned out just like I wanted it too!!  We painted the wall white first, and then added the boards and battens afterwards—filled the nail holes with putty, caulked the seams, and painted it white and VOILA….
So fun, and adds so much drama to the room for under $65 including the can of paint!!  Here’s another view of the room…
The ceiling fan is next to go….but until then, I am just happy with the before and after transformation!!


Adding a Custom Look to a Builder Grade Home…

I love my house we moved into at the end of last year, well—mostly!!  I love our home builder, and I love my floor plan, and I love the location—but it takes me a while to fall in love with any house when I move in.  We had our previous home completely personalized and were so in love with it.  I knew it would take some time for that to happen again in this house.
We moved into our home last December, and I decided in January that one of our new goals would be having a frugal spending pattern this year.  Doesn’t frugal spending pattern sound better than the “budget” word??  My blogging friend Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic was my inspiration.
Well, after months of insanity with Justin, we decided that our frugal spending pattern needed to be flexible enough to do something with the house because quite frankly, we just needed something to be happy about and focus on that was different than all the depressing day-to-day drama!!
I had seen several pins floating around on Pinterest about adding trim to the top of your front door and also painting interior doors black—both ideas that I love!!  So we decided to try it out.
Here’s the before picture of our front door…
And here’s the after…


I love it!! I think it will look a whole lot more amazing once I get some color on the walls instead of my “applesauce” neutral—and a rug!!  But it is a start and it makes me happy every time I look at it.  Which is partly because of the memory of Justin getting into the paint and re-doing the door for us half-way through the project…

Board and Batten, how I love thee…my Dining Room

One of my favorite designers is Sarah Richardson—I love her style!!  I was watching one of her shows on HGTV and she showed a dining room with Board and Batten and I was hooked!!  I told my husband that we needed to do that someday to our dining room….and then I followed it up with, maybe someday SOON!!
Here’s some pictures of our dining room before—not the greatest pictures!!  I had a chair rail and had painted the entire room aqua.  It was nice, but I needed to break it up with some white, and board and batten was the perfect fit!!  This also shows my lovely, hand-me-down dining room table that my husband remodeled into an awesome farmhouse table!!
 My neighbor Marci moved in a month after I told my husband we had to redo our dining room—and she was a board and batten expert and had done it in her previous home!!  She got to work on her own house so quickly that I was lucky enough to go get tips from her before we started.
Remember her little boy’s nursery and the gorgeous board and batten grid she did??  LOVE it!!
We painted the walls white first, and then added the wood and molding, caulked and touched up the nail holes.  And ended up with a dining room that I absolutely love!!  I made the window valances and it was complete!!
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My favorite thing about this look is how much light it brings into the room.  We haven’t done ANY board and batten in our new home—it’s on the to do list!!  But I miss seeing it in my old house!!  It was the perfect backdrop for our family celebrations…


I love the way my black chairs pop from the white board and batten…I can’t wait to put some up in my new house!!  Someday….it’s on the list!!