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.
AS AN ARROW. I don’t need no laser level. I don’t want a part of your country club…
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.
The slats were easy too. Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail. End of tutorial.
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.
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!)
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light. Sars not sars.)
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.
And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …
A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).
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.
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.
Can you believe how far we’ve come?! We are almost done-sies. Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do. TWO.
-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)
Baseboards + board & batten
-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)
–Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)