Monday, July 16, 2012

board & batten without the batten {bwob 2}

My faithful followers know that I have been really lame about blogging this summer.  When school got out, I announced to the kids that we would not be sitting around the house watching TV or playing video games.  We were going to plan fun outdoor activities like swimming, bike rides, and camping trips.  And we have!  But that has left little time for me to be blogging or working on new projects.

Still, I'm not one to pass up a good challenge...

Blogging without Borders - this is a project that should stretch my limits and include some things that I have never done before.  So I've planned to remodel our main bathroom with the stuff I have on hand in my garage and craft room.  Last time, I showed you the BEFORE photos of Mr. Main.

Armed with a pile of lumber from the garage, a pack of hooks I bought six months ago, and a few inspiration photos...

Source: via Tisha on Pinterest

I added a little board & batten without the batten to a couple of Main's walls.

"Board & batten, hold the batten!"  Sounds like an order in a greasy spoon.  Maybe, "Board & batten, sans batten?"  I do love a French country look.

Why not batten?  I didn't have the wood on hand (sticking with the challenge, you know).  My plan is to go back and add that later, along with a tile backsplash above the sink.  

For now, I have painted the lower section of the wall with a beige that was a few shades lighter than the color on the top half of the wall.  I wanted an ombre effect, but I don't think there is enough contrast between the colors.  I'll probably go back and paint this white instead.

So far I've only used materials on hand, including all the paint.  I even cut a corner out of the trim with a steak knife because we didn't have any blades for the utility knife!

So, what do you think so far (besides "wow, that's a lot of towels")?  Paint the bottom white?

Please visit my friends who are blogging without borders today:

Amy @ Buffalo RoamCassie @Primitive & ProperDana @ Crafted Niche
Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyleHeidi @ Décor & MoreHolly @ Life as a Thrifter
Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy HappyJessica @ Stay At Home-ista
Karah @ the space betweenKelly @ View Along the WayKirby @ Kirb Appeal
We'll be posting every other Monday (July 30, Aug. 13 & Aug. 27) throughout the summer with our changes.  For my next bwob installments, I am painting our sink cabinet and making a new shower curtain, window treatment, and rug.

Also linking up at:
Thrifty Decor Chick


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks awesome tisha!!!! fabulous idea!
i worked on a towel hook situation fix, too, but that is my post in two weeks.... now i am left with all the unfun stuff, like painting trim and trying not to die while i change a light fixture.

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

This looks great!

Whitney @ drab to fab design said...

I love the towel hooks! I think the bottom would look great white, as well :)

thistlewoodfarm said...


What if you just painted stripes on the bottom? I love the white and the towel hooks, too!


Bliss said...

I like it! The board will look that much better when you get to the batten, and for the love of God also get yourself some blades!


Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Looking good! And I like Karianne's idea - stripes would look amazing! Maybe in the same color, but one matte and one gloss. :)

Holly @ Life as a Thrifter said...


Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I Love, love it!!! And, yes, it does sound like an order at a greasy spoon, haha. I love the simplicity!!

reFresh reStyle said...

You're my hero for using a steak knife-that's the kind of stuff that I do :) Love it!

Anonymous said...

I think having the board behind the hooks is also a very good functional idea since those hooks will see lots of action and even with mollies that kind of stuff pulls off the wall so easily, but it shouldn't with the board on board.

I like Karianne's idea of stripes ... its only paint, and if you don't care for it you can cover it up with the batten later. But if you do like it, you don't need to go batten!

Robin @

Laura from Top This Top That said...

I kinda like the Board without the Batten.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

This looks amazing, Tisha!! Progress!
xo Heidi

Eclectically Vintage said...

Love it - paint the bottom white and you won't even need that batten!
And yes, that is a lot of towels!!

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

Yep, I was thinking that it's a lot of towels! But I like that they are monogramed so there isn't any fighting. We made te grave mistake of accepting towels as gifts for each baby so after every shower it's a fight/negotiation over who gets to "be" the: lion, flower, duck, monkey, tiger, frog... You get the idea. Except that the baby can't talk so that just leaves the other two to do the "talking":)

Maybe paint the bottom a fun, bright color? I'm having serious color envy for anyone brave enough to paint (like Cassie's orange vanity)


Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I love your board minus batten so far! I think I'd like it white too!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm digging the board sans batten ... or is it batten sans board?

Either way paint the bottom the same glossy white that you painted the board. Perfect for the bathroom ... so easy to just wipe it down! I'm loving my white glossy bathroom walls ...