Sunday, August 21, 2016

Faux Board and Batten

I have been planning on redoing our water closet for ages and finally got around to it right before I moved. Lots of things have changed since this project, but I never got around to sharing it and I love love love the way it turned out.

 If you spend any time on Pinterest, you have probably seen faux board and batten. I had been wanting to try this out in our bathroom for a while now.

The master bath has a separate vanity area and then a water closet (seriously who knew there was a name for the tiny shower room!?). I originally wanted to do the whole area in board and batten to define the bedroom and bathroom space, but it just wouldn't work with all the closet doors.  In the end, I did just the water closet in board and batten using this tutorial.

The requisite before picture.

No where to go but up right!?!

It's amazing what a little paint can do.  I was so relieved to get rid of the last vestiges of the yellow beige color the previous owners loved so much.  As in, the loved the icky color so much literally every. single. room. in our house AND the baseboards were all the same color!  Maybe it was on sale...

Anyway, a fresh coat of paint breathed new life into the room.

We only painted the top half because the bottom will eventually be white.

I then put up the horizontal top board on each wall.

I painted the bottom and top board white before hanging the vertical boards. 

 For the vertical boards, I used plain lattice cut to fit.  I measured and marked each spot and then glued them in place with wood glue. I held them in the correct spot with masking tape until the glue dried. 

Once the glue dried and I could remove the tape, I caulked each side of the vertical strips so there would not be a space on the sides. 

The last step was painting over the wood strips.

It is a teensy tine room so it's hard to get a good picture, but it is a hundred times better!

What do you think? Do you love the faux board and batten look as much as I do?
It gave the bathroom a much needed facelift. 

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