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Board and batten has been all the rage for a while now, but I’m still surprised at how many people haven’t heard of it or ask, “What was it that you did below your fabric wall?” So, we figured it was high time we did our very own post on the infamous b & b.
So, funny thing… being the English teacher that I am I thought I’d look for the official definition of board and batten, but it wasn’t easy! So, here’s the RHBC definition… Really awesome molding that is sort of chunky, with clean lines, and is arranged in fun rectangular shapes.  Sweet! Send that one to Mr. Webster for sure!
So, rather than walk you through a step by step tutorial about B & B, we’ll just tell you to check out Censational Girl or The Nester’s tutorials on how to install it.
Instead, we’re going to share with you another board and batten project that we helped out with.  Our gal pal Connie needed some design inspiration for her crazy outdated dining room.  Don’t blame her, this was how it was when she moved in. YIKES!
Connie was picking my brain for ideas and I suggested b & b.  We jumped onto Pinterest and started getting inspired!
For Connie’s room, she decided on a tall board and batten with a ledge for pictures.
The construction was in process, but we needed to pick a wall color.  Connie was thinking some kind of chocolate color, so Jess and I went over to help her make the final decision.  Here’s what we ended up with…
Ha! Doesn’t look like chocolate does it?  We convinced Connie to trust us and she forged ahead with Olympic’s Antique Moss green!
The first coat was a little scary, but we knew it would be fabulous at the end!
Here’s the finished room… pretty darn cool eh?
Just in case you’re wondering… the C and empty frame are from Hobby Lobby.  We made a little accessorizing trip for the room.
It’s a pretty drastic before and after…
The ledge is just wide enough to rest picture frames on- nice planning!  We chose lots of wood frames in complimentary tones and did a combo of resting and hanging.
So, between the bold, green dining room and my yellow office, are you feeling the board and batten love?
Maybe, just maybe you’ll be seeing a little B and B love in our episode of The Nate Berkus Show tomorrow??  (Spoiler Alert!!) Make sure to set your DVR and message us if you see it before 2pm! We have to wait all day to watch, so be sure to give us the play by play!
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The comments +

  1. Love this! It brings such wonderful design to any room! I have the perfect space in my dining room and this will be perfect for it!

  2. Corrie says:

    I love this style! We did it to our half bath downstairs – it looks awesome if i do say so myself.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I want to do board and batten in my house and I love the style that is in the last two pictures (fabric wallpaper and moss green)
    I just want to know what size of wood strips you are using…more so the thickness than the length and width?
    Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  4. Courtney says:

    Hello, how did you choose the height for the top board?

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