Board and batten prep work is today’s topic for week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge. I’m super thankful that there is an extra week this month as I still have a lot to do!
Here is what I’ve done so far:
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I’ve been pondering on whether to use 1×3 pieces of pine, MDF, or a mixture of pine and lattice. It’s so hard to decide what is going to look the best. And, what is going to be the most affordable.
I’m going to head to the store tomorrow to take a look at the different sizes and thicknesses of the MDF. I’m hoping the MDF boards will work but I think I just need to see it in person.
Prepping for Board and Batten
In preparation for the board and batten install, I decided to paint the wall. I figured it would be easier to paint the larger area without any boards in the way. Because there would be one smooth surface.
I took down the gallery wall and my two minted frames. I removed the nails from the wall and got all my painting tools out.
The perfect tool for this job was my HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist. I really don’t like to paint walls. It’s not fun for me.
When I’m painting a room my husband usually rolls the paint and I cut in. I really enjoy that. Maybe it’s therapeutic. I don’t know! 🙂
Thankfully, the PaintStick EZ-Twist actually makes it bearable. Therefore, to get you set up with your EZ-Twist I made a quick little video to show you how to use it!
PaintStick EZ-Twist Set Up Tutorial
Before I began painting I marked 65 inches high in a few different areas of the hallway. Having markings in multiple places ensures that you’ve measured correctly. I then double checked that my markings were accurate by using the laser level across the hallway wall.
I started by painting a line across the top of the wall as a mark so that I didn’t paint higher than that. The pencil markings were my guideline and I painted a couple inches below that. Because, the board will cover that empty space.
I painted both sides of my hallway within 10-15 minutes! It really makes the job a lot easier, especially if you are like me and don’t like to paint walls!
Actually, I’m looking forward to cutting in around the board and batten! Ha! I know, I’m unique! 🙂
I forgot to share where I was at with the budget last week. Here is where I am at currently combined with last week!
- Better Homes & Garden Frame Set – $16.13
- Canvas – $0 already owned
- Modge Podge – $0 already owned it
- Vinyl – $0 already owned
- Transfer Tape – $0 already owned
- Sherwin-Williams Zurich White Paint – $0 already owned
- Laser Level – $21.48
- HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist – $0 already owned
Total so far: $37.61
It’s coming along but now for the hard work is yet to come! I’m hoping to get the board and batten up this weekend or early next week. Then week 5 will consist of painting and caulking!