Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.


My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

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AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

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The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

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The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

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Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

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And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

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(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

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So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

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And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …


A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

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Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

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Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

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Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

Counter top install

Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)

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  • Cassie Bustamante

    OMG dying over it all! love the board and batten and can we talk about the sofa? and the chairs? and the rug? saw on insta last night and had to wipe the drool.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Cassie! Furniture is my happy place! haha, it’s bad really. Those chairs definitely have a great back-story. I don’t know if the full story is blog appropriate, but they were a “hand-me-down” from my job at the private side of the airport when they were going out of business.

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    it looks so so good and grown up. i’m loving it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It’s definitely different than it used to be. I am diggin it.

  • Bethany Kline

    I love it!! everything is coming together beautifully! I love the new couch, but I’m on the fence about the other chairs. The kitchen table looks terrific with the glass on top too. Baby Evelyn is gonna be one lucky duck being born into such a beautiful home!

    • Kenz

      People either love or hate those chairs. They look awkward and uncomfortable, but they are the best ever to sit in. They are the piece of furniture that I will never be able to get rid of. They are so sentimental haha… they came from the airport, my favorite job ever! But I don’t know if they’ll stay in the living room. We just haven’t found anything else we like yet.

  • Bethany Kline

    oh and the trunk rocks my socks. I have been wanting to do something similar with an old saxophone case I have in storage. So, I’m just gonna wait and see what you do and copy it! lol

    • Kenz

      Ohhhhh a sax case! Brilliant! 🙂

  • look at that! it’s looking so open and cohesive in there! LOVE that couch!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Gretchen! The couch is really to die for!

  • THIS LOOKS SOOOOO GOOD. There is truly nothing I love more than board and batten. We have had it in both homes and it just makes the biggest impact. So gorgeous! It really makes your room look totally different. I loved the space before and I LOOOOOOVE it now.

    Also, you crack me up. Your comments about your dad – presh. And your laser sharp precision with the line – hilarious. You, my friend, are just plain awesome.

    • Oh, and I forgot – that couch is totally swoon-worthy.

      • Kenz

        I so agree! Board and batten is amazing. It’s actually the first project we did in the dining room when we first moved in (and painted the horrid damask stencil). I was excited to have a chance to redo it, and extend it into the living room. Before, we only had it about 3 ft high, but we decided to do it 6 ft this time. I’m so in love.
        The laser level. Haha, do you watch Arrested Development? I wanted to finish the rest of the sentence, but was a little worried about offending those who don’t watch it.

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Ooo… love me some board and batten! And boy does it brighten up that room!! Ok, did I miss a post about your new LR furniture? HELLO! Those slouchy/chairs are sa-weet! And the couch is almost exactly what we were looking for in our couch hunt. Your ‘great room’ is so fabulous!

    • Kenz

      Eeeeep! Thanks! No, I just suck at blogging. haha, I haven’t really posted about the furniture. I think it deserves a post in and of itself. Maybe I’ll write it this week. Because, those chairs have a really great story. Come eat oreos in the great room with me!

  • Anu

    It’s looking so good! Love the couch and the chairs. The board and batten adds so much interest!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anu! It’s so amazing the finishing difference board and batten makes. As soon as we were done, my mom said to my dad “Where can we put some in our house!” He didn’t look too thrilled, haha.

  • Jesse

    Looks SO good! I love all your furniture, great mix 😀

    • Kenz

      Thanks Jesse!! It’s almost impossible to get me out of there.

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    It looks so much more finished in there. I really love how everything is coming together!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I just love how close the finish line is 🙂

  • It looks so great! I would have been stressed out about getting it to match and not look weird with the fireplace, but you totally did it – I really like how it goes above. Your space is looking really ‘grown up’! 🙂

    • Kenz

      Oh girl, I have been stressing about the board and batten around the fireplace for MONTHS. I googled a zillion pictures of B&B with fireplaces. I wasn’t sure how it was going to end up, but if anything, it really helps the fireplace pop!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Such a huge change! You are knocking things out like crazy! Looks amazing.

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It has definitely taken a little bit of time, but it’s so great to see progress!

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Wow! Looks amazing! Nice work!

    • Kenz

      Thanks John! We’re stoked!

  • It’s looking amazing Kenz! Can’t wait to see what you do with the nursery once all this is finished!!!! <3

    • Kenz

      Thanks Diane! Lucky for us the nursery is a much smaller project than the great room. We should be putting finishing touches on it soon. It will be pretty simple 🙂

  • Holy transformation Batman! Your space looks incredible! Love the new furniture, including the chairs from your basement! I gotta ask: where do you guys watch TV? Or do you?…

    • Kenz

      oh, do we ever! We love TV a little more than we should. We watch a lot in our basement on the projector, and in our bedroom which is right down the hall from the great room. We have been tossing around the idea of getting a smaller TV to put out there once the baby is born and little, so I can use it as a baby sitter while I cook or whatever people do in kitchens.

  • Emily May

    It looks so good Kenz!!! You are on such a roll! I can’t believe the transformation of this room!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Emily! I’m glad the internet can make it seem like we’re on a roll. This project seems like it has been FOREVER in the works. We began demo with the half wall back in January! Slowly but surely 🙂

  • Wow! What a transformation. It looks beautiful. Pregnancy must be good for your productivity! 🙂

    • Kenz

      haha, well, it’s mostly delegation! And we work well with deadlines. 🙂 I don’t do much with the big projects. I wish I could do more, but everyone around me is pretty strict about not letting me help. I was lucky my dad let me hold up the top rail while he ran the nailer over it. And that was ONLY because Aaron was still at work and there was no one else, lol.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Oh my goodness. This is out of this world fabulous. I love it all – the board and batten, the new sofa, the new rug, the new floor, the new hearth, then new kitchen. It all looks so incredible together. Love !!!!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! It’s better than I could have imagined. We still have a bit to do, and lots of accessorizing, which isn’t my strong suit. But I’m still crushing hard on where we’re at!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    It is totally perfect for the space. Looks ridiculously good.

    • Kenz

      Ah! Thank you so much Julia!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    I’m so jealous that you have board and batten. In my next house – whenever that happens – I am putting board and batten in there. I don’t care how… it’s happening.

    Also, I love your new couch! Hurrah! (Where did you get it from?)

    • Kenz

      Isn’t board and batten the greatest?! It’s probably the “wood panneling” of 2013. In 20 years we’ll look back and be like “WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!” And I love the couch too! I should write a post about the furniture since it seems to be a hot topic. I got it online from Home Decorators. My favorite place to buy furniture!

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    That looks amazing. Can’t believe you are getting to the end of it that last. Very impressive.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anne! I am getting really excited to be nearing the end of it!

  • JaneEllen

    I am so stinking jealous, no other word will describe how I feel about your incredible, fantastic, board and batten. Wow, it’s stunning what a difference it makes on the wall, dimension. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. I heard that some place. You won’t know your own house pretty soon. You guys are rocking. Happy weekend

    • Kenz

      Thanks JaneEllen! Things are definitely worth doing right the first time 🙂 You are pretty rockin yourself!