Making Pretty Spaces

Board & Batten: ORC Week 4 & 5!

Time flies when you are trying to transform a room in 6 weeks!  I can only guess that the other 300+ bloggers that are participating in the One Room Challenge are feeling the heat and excitement of the big reveals coming up this next week.

I have had a few minor setbacks in this past couple of weeks that are leading me to the realization that our guest bedroom will not be ready for the official reveal.  A damaged bed, lost artwork, missing pieces to furniture and an overall late start to planning for this challenge caught up with me.  The good news is that even though I won’t meet the challenge deadline, this guest bedroom/office is coming together even better than I had hoped.

The past 2 weeks has kept me busy with installing a board & batten treatment throughout the entire room.  I decided on a full room wall treatment as opposed to a feature wall to achieve a more cohesive look and feel.

I used 1×3 select pine for both the vertical and horizontal boards and then capped the top with a 1×2.  I decided on 16″ spacing to allow for nailing each vertical board to a stud.

I saved a detailed tutorial in my highlights over on Instagram.


I went back and forth with the painting method I wanted to tackle.  I could have painted everything before installation which would have left me with minor touchups after caulking and filling holes.  Ultimately, I decided to test out a new paint sprayer and couldn’t be happier with the results. The time saved and overall finish that I achieved made this little home sprayer worth every penny of the $65 I paid on Amazon.

I tested out a few colors and landed on Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray. It’s not too dark, not too light and has just the right amount of warmth.  I chose a matte finish and I love the sophistication and moodiness that it brings to the room.

This was the coverage after one coat that I estimated took me no more than 30 minutes.

Here is the finished coverage after a quick second coat.

This week will start to get exciting as the finishes start coming in and I can’t wait to put it all together!

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  1. I love this so much, and the color is perfect.

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