One Room Challenge: Guest Bath Week 3

 

One Room Challenge:

Jack & Jill Guest Bath Week 3

RECAP:

We are currently in Week 3 for the Fall One Room Challenge, officially known as HUMP WEEK since we are mid way through the 6 week challenge!!!!

Just to recap this happens twice a year, April/ October, the designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation. Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the ORC host page Calling It Home (link here), and share their room’s progress. The best part you will be able to follow along with JENRON DESIGNS and all the participants progress just by clicking the ORC (link here). The final completion date and big reveal of our Jack and Jill Guest Bathroom makeover will be on Thursday, Nov. 9th!!! 

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:   WEEK 1      WEEK 2   

INSPIRATION BOARD

WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT:

As you might remember last week we completed the mirror frame out project which turned out exactly as planned. We also installed the towel rings, which was vital to have placed for this weeks project of the batten board installation. The reason it was important to get the towel rings placed was to make sure they would not be in a conflicting area of the batten board placement.  

As we dive into the meat and potatoes portion of our project the batten board walls. I want to take a moment to explain my design decision. I have always loved big fancy homes, the southern mansions, mountain chalets, and beach front hideaways. When I really analyzed these homes commonalities and what I found to be attractive about them, besides a fabulous locations, I noticed that fancy millwork was present in all the homes.  I decided long ago that upgraded trim and millwork could really elevate the look of a basic builder grade home to that of a custom home. Since that epiphany we have been adding additional trim, weather it be bead board, wainscot panels, chair rail with judges panels or in this case batten board walls to all of my homes. I have found it to be the single most cost effective way to enhance a space and add more curb appeal to your home. 

INSTALLATION OF  BOARD BATTEN:

As you can see, we started this project by taping up the 2  3/4″ flat trim boards to the wall at a 55″ height from the floor. The reason I chose this height is to create the illusion of taller ceilings and to elongate the room. 

Once we got the height set and level around the room, we added a 13/32″ ornamental moulding to the baseboard to create a flat edge to set the vertical boards onto. Then measured each of the vertical slats individually, and taped them into place.Okay so you may be asking why are you taping them into to place, why not just nail them up? My husband has gotten very smart over the years he knows that even though the tape measure may say the board is centered and in the right spot, my discerning eye can see the ever slightest bit of off center. Also with this type of project, sometimes you have to cheat a measurement to make it look visually correct to the eye. So he tapes I review, eyeball the design, then he nails, LOL.
 You can see this concept applies in the toilet room. This area required the measurements to be off set, since the batten board moulding would not fit behind the tank of the toilet.(CURSE OF THE DESIGNER’S CHALLENGE) So we had to make some adjustments.  After Ron got all the boards nailed up, we removed the tape and it was time to caulk the gaps and nail holes. This is a very important step in the process. It makes the wood look smooth and finished. Plus it’s getting us prepped to paint next weekend. 
Since there are areas of our walls that are not completely flat, the moulding will gap and not sit flush to the wall. We used a basic paintable baseboard caulk available at your local hardware store. Ron applied the caulk bead and I created the flush wrap around seal, using my pinky. (the prefect tool for the job)This is a perfect before and after example of why the caulk will make such a difference. Above you can see the large gap between the tile of the shower and the batten board. Filled with a little caulk and the job looks professionally finished and not at all like a weekend warrior DIY project. It is the little steps, like this one that will make the difference in your final project outcome.
Now we have the Board and Batten completely installed, with all holes and gaps filled, so we will be ready to paint next week. Eeek I am getting so excited, as I see the plan starting to really take shape. Let’s take one final look at the “to do list” time line below.  

THE TIMELINE:

Week 1- Introduction, Inspiration Board,  & Plan of Action 

Week 2- Order All Items, Buy All Supplies, & Frame Out Mirror

Week 3- Start/Finsh Board and Batten Mill Work

Week 4- Paint Board and Batten, & The Secret Art Project.  

Week 5- Install New Lights, Towel Bars, Shower Curtains & All Final Touches

Week 6- BIG REVEAL

I think we are in good shape headed into next week . I have obtained all the supplies needed for my secret art project, not originally listed on the inspiration board. We will pick up Pure White Trim paint from our local Sherwin  Williams for the Batten Board. Then all that is left to do, is pick out a few decorative details to finish out the space, which is the fun part.   

 

 

67 Comments

  1. I love this look, and wanted to thank for the DIY post, now I have a better idea how to tackle doing this myself.

  2. Such a good idea for this space, although I am not sure I realized this is how to make those type of walls. Guess I never thought about how it happens I just like the result.

  3. board & batten looks pretty easy to do, thanks for sharing i might try to replicate.

  4. Thinks for showing hoe to recreate this DIY I am seriously considering doing this in my home.

  5. I am so glad to be following you, the ideas you have come up with and show on your site a really great.

  6. You challenge is going so good. I love that you included a DIY on room construction, nice job.

  7. Great job on creating Board and Batten! It looks great and your tape tip is such a good idea. thanks for sharing.

  8. This is really neat how you created a paneled wall by just adding wood to the wall.

  9. I always wondered how you make that look, I have seen it in magazines but never knew what to call it or how to make it, thanks for the info.

  10. This wall treatment looks wonderful. Is Batten Board, Board & Batten or Wainscot? I have seen several comments calling it out differently so I am confused.

  11. Girl you really have some initiative here, to be doing all these projects yourself, that is really awesome.

  12. Nice job on this weekend project. The internet needs more of this quick projects that elevation basic homes to greatness.

  13. You are doing so good for this round of ORC. Thanks for the tip on the tape, that’s a good one!

  14. I love this DIY, you have such a great blog, a little bit of everything for all kinds of people thank you!

  15. I am goin to try this in our kids Jack & Jill bath room. It is perfect for a gender neutral look and with semi gloss paint, will make cleaning the bathroom a breeze.

  16. This is a nice finish for a little boys bathroom. It gives a masculine feel with out being to little boy looking.

  17. This weeks post was very informative. I appreciate all the tips on how to install Board & Batten.

  18. The temporary tape is a great idea. I like that you can still move it around and adjust it prior to nailing it up.

  19. Trimwork like this has been so popular this season, honestly it is everywhere. I love the batten board you chose for this space it is perfect.

  20. I am still reading through your blog for ORC, I have not been able to put it down. Adding you to my rss feed to follow regularly.

  21. Good idea, you call it board & batten? Here it’s wainscot, but it looks the same.

  22. Ooooo I really like how this turned out, I am having tons of decrying inspiration now.

  23. I love batten board and it looks so good in your bathroom! Good luck on the challenge.

  24. Nice rework on the bathroom walls. We like that you chose to add boards to create that new look. Great job.

  25. I really love how you showed this DIY in stages, so easy to follow and great tips.

  26. Wow I have seen this technique before but the details you included really help out a lot. I totally agree with your tape method, eyeballing things is the way to go, if you can visually see it. Maybe some people should stick to measuring, lol.

  27. Your bathroom is starting to look like a whole new space. I am headed over to week 4 to see the finished wall.

  28. You and your husband a very handy people. I am so impressed with how you broke down this project into easy digestible chunks. It’s not so overwhelming that way, thanks!

  29. I always wondered how you do this, turning that trim upside down answers a lot of how to questions and makes the job much simpler.

  30. The Board & Batten installation is such a useable article. Love when bloggers actually give information that is useable, not just selling you random things.

  31. Thanks you for teaching us how to install batten board. This is a great DIY fro the ORC.

  32. The tape is a great idea! I wonder how many people don’t do this step and wish that they did!

  33. This is so easy, thank for showing us how to make this happen. I see it all the time but thought it was much harder to do.

  34. This is such a good post on how to replicate this project in your own home, thank you for sharing.

  35. Well I never thought this was how you would make this look. Interesting, very interesting. Week 3 still on the right track.

  36. Ok I never knew that was how they did that, I though it was a panel. So you are going to just paint the whole thing one color and create a panel. That is cool.

  37. Ok now you are impressing me, I love that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work, unlike some of the participants that just buy it all and hirer it out to workers.

  38. So I got hooked on the room from the mirror upgrade and Now I know how to install Board & Batten too, such wealth of knowledge here.

  39. It really like that you gavels a step by step tutorial of this project, I would have never thought about pre taping the boards up, such a good idea.

  40. Board & Batten is one of my favorite finishes in a home. It reminds me of Cape Cod, just seeing your pictures I can already smell the salt air of home.

  41. I have enjoyed reading about how to install Board & Batten, you have some great tips. Also I really like the overall look you have achieved by adding it to your space.

  42. I have always wondered how to install board & batten. Thank you for showing me how easy it really is, now I feel like I can do it too.

  43. I think the internet ate my other comment, but I really want to tell you how nice it was to see how batten board is installed. Thanks

  44. Now I feel like an addict that can’t stop reading your posts. I started with the ORC challenged and linked back to the older posts. Thanks for doing that, it help to make sense out of running series of posts.

  45. filling nails holes and caulking is the worst, but it is what makes it looked finished. My fingers are still going numb for doing mine, lol!! Can’t wait to see what you do next week!

  46. Looking good! Great tip to tape the slats before nailing. Sometimes the eye does have to override the measuring stick. Already looking forward to next week! keep having fun!

  47. Looks great Jennifer! I love board and batten. And caulk has been my secret DIY weapon for years. Can’t wait to see it after its painted!

  48. I love board and batten in rooms! It always makes it look so fancy! Love how your bathroom is looking!!

  49. Jen, your bathroom is coming along so nicely! I love that you did a diy for the batten board installation that will get you a lot of viewers. Good job my friend can’t wait to see the reveal!

  50. I couldn’t agree with you more, the trim and millwork makes ALL the difference. This is looking amazing!! I can’t wait to see the final product and as much as I HATE caulking and filling nail holes, you have officially convinced me of the necessary need to do both. lol

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