Hey there! Welcome back to the One Room Challenge. I was supposed to share updates with you the last two Thursday’s. But I was in major Barn Sale mode here and nothing got done. Which means I have about 2 weeks to do it all. (That’s promising!)
If you missed the first post about the room I am overhauling for the ORC you can find all of the details, and my inspiration, over here. This week I tackled the hardest part of the remodel – adding the batten to the room. Take a look at the progress below, in all of its dirty glory.
To add batten to the walls you’ll need the following supplies:
- batten (I hoped to use 2-inch batten, but ended up with 1 3/8-inch)
- stud finder
- tape measure
- circular saw
- safety glasses
- wood glue
- brad nailer (I rented mine from a local hardware store) and nails
To add the batten to the walls follow the directions below:
- Map out the spacing for your batten. I found it was easiest to work in 10-inch increments. I was going to do 2-inch batten and 8-inch spaces. Because I ended up with 1 3/8 batten I went with 8 5/8-inch spaces. Measure the length of your walls and decide if 10-inch increments is best. I used this rough estimate to help me determine how much batten to purchase.
- Determine where the studs are in your wall – marking them with a pencil will help you make sure you hit them later on with the nailer.
- Cut out a spacer from your batten. I cut an 8 5/8 inch piece and also a piece that was half the length. The half pieces were used in the corners.
- Determine the height of the wall and cut a piece of batten to go the entire length from top to bottom.
- Apply a thin layer of wood glue to the back of the batten. Use the spacer to determine where to place the batten, and use the level to make sure it is straight. Nail into place with the brad nailer. (It is best to hit a stud with a couple of the nails.)
- Continue to nail up the batten working in one direction around the room. Use the spacers between each piece of batten to ensure that they are all equally spaced.
Next up in the ORC is picking the paint colors and painting the walls one color, as well as painting the ceiling white, repainting the door, and painting the trim and benches. The color combinations I’m thinking about are below. The blue color would be for the door, the darker color would be for the trim and benches, and the lighter color would be for the walls. I’d love to know which color combination would be your preference!
After the painting I need to finish the following projects:
- Re-upholster the benches.
- Create wooden crates for the boot trays.
- Purchase a mirror and new shoe baskets.
- Decide what to do with the colored posts along side of the door. Suggestions?? Leave them the same? Add a layer of white paint to them and sand down to reveal just some of the color below?
Thanks for following along this week! I can’t wait to update you next Thursday with the rest of the changes. You can head over to the ORC link up to see all of the other great room updates!