Thursday, November 4, 2010

Living Room Redo - Board and Batten

Here are some Before shots of the living room.
With the addition on our home, the dresser moved into our new master bedroom and the sofa moved into the new family room.

I replaced two of these coffee tables ......

 .....with two of these. You can read about their transformation here.

This tv armoire was exactly the same height as the fireplace mantle so I replaced it with a larger one. This one is now in my craft room and holds fabric and such.

After two years sitting in my garage this $15 garage sale armoire needed a new life. I painted it a robins egg blue, distressed the edges, and rubbed it down with an antiquing glaze. I also gave it new pulls.  It now resides in the living room.

Here are the Afters.  During the summer I added a board and batten treatment to the walls.  It took me about a month from start to finish but I did the entire thing myself.  I used sheets of MDF.  The guy at Home Depot cut them for me.  It took him over an hour and they didn't charge me a thing to cut.  I primed, painted, nailed, caulked, and painted again.  I thought it would NEVER end.  But I love the results - so worth it!!!!

My collection of vintage suitcases is growing. I found my third one this summer for $5 at a yard sale.

I love the vintage sheet music wreaths that Miss Mustard Seed makes so I got busy a couple nights ago and made one.  It turned out better than I thought it would.  It was very time consuming cutting, rolling, taping and glueing.  I love the yellowed papers.  I found the vintage moulding frame and the bullseye architectural piece at a yardsale for 50 cents each.

Since moving the couch into the new family room, we just have a bunch of mismatched chairs for the time being. I have been looking for new curtains. The red stripes don't go in here anymore.

Someday I would like to redo the mantle.  Something more chunky.

This trunk is very sentimental.  It belonged to my husbands grandfather.  It is full of pictures and mementos from WWII.  It was passed down to my father-in law.  My FIL passed away 10 years ago of cancer at the age of 52.  My husband then aquired the chest.

The rocking chair was my husband's great aunts. It had dark green fabric on it when we inherited it. It was falling apart so I recovered it years ago. Recently I made a faux grainsack pillow for it.

A view from the fireplace - looking out of the living room.

The moulding around the doorway adds so much.


  1. Hi Arlene,
    I ADORE the board and batten!! It looks just amazing in your space!! I am in process of putting some up in the boys bathroom right now too. Love the painted wood look and it goes beautifully with all your furnishings! I host a decorating inspiration party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come by and join in sometime! Great project!! :)

  2. I love the look of board and batten. I would love to do something similar in my dining room, it's just finding the time for it. Cute living room.

  3. what a warm and inviting room you have created. Looks great

  4. Hi there- back again to say thank you so much for sharing this beautiful room at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

  5. Such a great job! Your room looks so fresh and clean. I'd love it if you'd come link this at my linky party. Every Friday I host Home and Family Friday.


  6. Your home is looking beautiful! I love all the white, and of course the hardwood floors. It's such a clean look. So nice also to see the piano. We just bought a studio piano today!! I am so excited about it!

    Thanks for commenting on my Guy Fawkes post. You lived in London? I wouldn't mind living there for a year or two - just to get through all the museums! And I dream of being at Royal Albert Hall for The Last Night of the Proms. Were you ever able to attend? I've only seen it on YouTube, unfortunately. Maybe some day. :-)

  7. Wow - it looks so amazing. The results are so worth all that work you did. Great transformation. That was so nice of the HD guy to cut it all for you. I would love to tackle a project like this - maybe after the holidays though.

  8. It looks great... I love your board and batten! Fabulous!

  9. What a wonderful job on those new walls! Quite the transformation in that room. Just beautiful! Love your little faux grainsack pillow, too! Looks like the real thing! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. We have 5 kiddos - age 2, 3, almost 5, 6 1/2 and 13 and a white slipcovered couch from IKEA. It took me awhile to make the leap, but I LOVE IT! Seriously - they get it dirty, but it's easier than keeping a colored one clean. The slipcovers are the key. Love the board and batten - we are doing that right now in our dining room!

  11. Looks awesome! I love those suitcases too! I have been wanting to start a collection too.

  12. Your house and blog are awesome. I gave you a stylish blogger award. Check my blog for details.

  13. I lub the fireplace, armaire and the topiary!! Great ideas for my fireplace...

    I can't bring myself to painting mine, what do you think?

  14. You are crazy talented lady! So many of the gifts you have the ones I wish I possessed! Beautiful work!

  15. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


    You pulled this room together BEAUTIFULY!