Jessica Rayome

DIY

Checkerboard Board and Batten

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Sometimes it’s funny the way things work out. We decided to move last summer for financial reasons and to be closer to family. We just happened to get a house with an extra bedroom that I decided to use as an office. I got the idea of a double desk from @ourfauxfarmhouse, and got everything to make it even though we only had one computer, mainly because I loved the look of it. I figured someone could work at the second station. And here we are nine months later, and I just started a work from home position and now I need the extra bedroom, the office, and second work space. Things have a way of working out don’t they :)

Once I knew I wanted a dedicated office space, I wanted to give it something that made it feel less like a bedroom with a desk thrown in. I think this board and batten, combined with this massive desk, help to do just that!

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Just for some context, this ceiling was covered in clouds and had an airplane ceiling fan. And the room was yellow. So this room really has come a long way. Now if I can just get the stickers off the window, we’ll be golden.

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So first step was to paint all the walls. I did a light grey on the other three walls and went with Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams on the board and batten wall. We then cut boards to size and framed out my checkerboard. For this part you almost have to have two people to keep everything straight when you’re hanging it. And you’l notice the cut outs around the outlets. Bless my patient husband for those. I wasn’t going to bother, but if this room is ever not an office, that wall will look so much better cut nicely!

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We used a nail gun to anchor the wood to the wall, and a level to make sure our prices were as straight as possible.

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We then spackled the gaps in between. This makes it where it doesn’t seem like a whole bunch of disjointed pieces. Again this is a DIY, it’s not perfect, but it’s close enough for me!

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I did two coats of paint on top. My suggestion would be to wait a few days before spackling and painting. The wood we used was apparently not all the way dry yet and it shrunk a little on us so I need to go back and touch up a few places. But hey, for $70 I don’t ask much.

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How pretty and classy though? I just love it. And honestly I think it would be a pretty cool wall, no matter what you are using the room for! I love the dark color too. I have been trying to add a little color variation in each room, and this room is so bright in the day time, it’s a great contrast!

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Tada! Now the real question is, out of all the projects in my head, which one will I start next? :)