A DIY Board and Batten Wall

Board and Batten Wall DIY | happy together One of my favorite diy’s I have done in my home has got to be this DIY board and batten wall. I did it all on my own and it was a lot easier than I thought it might be. I love how it makes the room feel more open and allows the chandelier to really stand out. I first looked and looked at all the board and batten type tutorials there were online to see how I would tackle mine.

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After doing all of my research, I decided that I wanted to leave the crown molding and baseboards on and that I wanted to cover up the wall since it is textured. I looked online at Lowes and decided to go with the tempered hardboard panel (found here) to cover up the wall. For only $8 for each 4’x8′ panel, and the fact that it’s very thin, make it a no brainer. It is a bit flimsy and I found it a difficult to cut, but a jig saw ended up working the best for cutting it. I also looked at different widths of wood to decide what size I wanted. I chose to go with the 4″ width (which is actually 3.5″ wide). And to save some money, they have these wood pieces called firring strips that are 1″x4″x8′ for less than $2 each! (PS….they have firring strips in a few other widths too). The only thing with them is that they are very rough. You save some money, but you have to do a bit of sanding and you have to usually look through the pile to find good straight pieces.

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Here is a before picture of my dining room. It was the perfect spot to add a feature wall! First, I wiped down the wall to make sure there were no spider webs and dust.

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Then I figured out how I wanted to put the hard board on. I made sure to make it as even as possible because my goal was to make sure the seams were all covered by wood strips for a seamless look. I used a jig saw to cut holes for electrical sockets and used these spacers on the outlets to make them stay in place well (MAKE SURE to TURN OFF electricity before messing with any type of electrical outlet etc.). Then I used liquid nails on the back of the panel and nailed it in place using finishing nails in my nail gun.

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I had to trim down the side of one panel to make it fit. I didn’t make the best cut, but I knew it was small enough to be covered. I also had to cut two panel pieces to fit the top. Again, I tried to line up seams to make it easier for covering. At this point, I figured out the design. I know……. maybe something to do first, but I just wanted to do it after I saw where the seams where. So I started with designing the seams being covered and went from there. I began with putting straight pieces on the bottom above the baseboard and the top below the crown molding.

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I added some wood glue to the back of all the wood pieces before nailing in place with nail gun.

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After the top and bottom, I started on the left and worked my way over with all the vertical pieces. The width of the wall and the width of the wood didn’t allow for exact distance in-between each one, so the two outer ones are the same and then the middle ones are the same. Fortunately, you can’t even tell the difference when looking at it. Then I cut all the horizontal pieces and put them in place. I used some wood filler to cover up some gaps in-between the wood and then caulked every single edge…. the edges by the wall and inside each box. After the caulk dried I used Sherwin Williams in Creamy to paint with. This is the color of the trim so it blends in nicely.

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I plan to do a half wall version of this in our laundry room next. And, maybe down our hallway too! lol I would highly recommend this type of project if you want to add some charm to your walls. -jess

DIY Dining Table

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This diy dining table has been one of my biggest projects to accomplish for our new home. It took me a really long time to research and determine which plans to follow and what color to stain it, but I finally just went for it and am glad I did. I was a little intimidated to be honest. I had never used a kreg jig before, but decided it was time for me to learn it and now I use it all the time. When researching what I wanted to make, I knew I wanted it to be long enough to fit eight chairs. I had painted the six chairs from our older table and then had bought two clear chairs from Hobby Lobby that I cover with a fur like rug (lovingly referred to as the viking chairs by some of our friends). I also wanted it to be so the chairs didn’t hit the table legs in some odd way. When I finally came upon this rustic farmhouse table plan I knew it would work for what I wanted and didn’t look too complicated for a novice builder like me.

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It really didn’t take that long to put together, but I did make a few changes. I added an extra 2×4 piece to each of the end parts to make it taller. I just felt there wasn’t enough leg room without it. I also decided to just use 1″x10″x8′ wood for the top instead of the 2″x6″x8′ for a few reasons. The table was already getting really heavy so this made the table lighter and I didn’t have to put as many boards on the top since the ones I used were wider. I also decided not to add the two end pieces on the table top to save me some time. I just put all the boards together and once I attached them to the frame, I ran the saw down the edges to make them perfectly straight and even (thanks to my friend Ashley for that tip ;), then finished them off with a little thin piece of wood for a polished look. I would highly recommend this plan because it’s on the easier side and you can easily customize it. There is just one more tip. In step 2 when assembling the ends, I would use more screws when attaching the leg posts. Just trust me on that one lol, it’s something I wish I had done after accidentally having the table fall when attaching the second side end to the table rails. Either that or make sure to have someone help you during that part.

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Now for the stain, I saw this post and fell in love with the look! Half Minwax Provincial mixed with half Minwax Weathered Oak. Mine didn’t turn out quite the same, but that’s because I was using different wood. I think if I had done a different mix ratio, it might have looked more like theirs but oh well. I’m happy with it and love my new diy dining table that can now fit even more guests. -jess

Miss E’s Dresser Makeover

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I would say it’s about time I started sharing some of the home diy projects that have been keeping me busy the past few months, don’t you agree? I will start with this dresser makeover that I did for miss E’s room back in the fall. It was a lovely dresser that was my mother’s when she was little. It was originally a dark stain, but my grandparents painted it white at some point and it stayed that color for a while.

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When it came to live in my room when I was a teenager, I left it white too. We repainted it yet another coat of white after I was married and as we moved and moved and moved it became more and more beat up.

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There were so many layers of paint on it (because many of the paint jobs happened before you could just look up online on how to do things right you know) that it was really hard to cover up the many spots where it had been banged off. This is a solid piece of wood furniture, so I decided to do some paint stripping and try to get down to the wood. I used CitriStrip to get the paint off and really like this product. It didn’t hurt when I accidentally got it on my skin and it didn’t smell bad. I brushed on a thick coat and waited for the paint to bubble up.

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Once it was all bubbly, I grabbed a plastic scraper and started working on it.

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There was so much paint and original varnish that I used the CitriStrip two times and even three times on a few places and sanded for a long time, but I still couldn’t get it all off. I was tired of all this by now, so I decided to embrace the chippy bohemian feel that was left.

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Since I wanted it to be lighter, I added a coat of Minwax Pickled Oak on top. I was trying for a beachy weathered kind of look. I will be honest. It took a while to grow on me because it wasn’t what I had originally wanted. But after a bit I have grown to love it. The accessories helped complete the look and brought it all together.

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I found these cute knobs at Hobby Lobby to put on and the runner is from Anthropologie. I made the leave garland with dried leaves I found at the craft store (I think they are silver dollar eucalyptus leaves) and they add some lovely greenery to the room. The animals and books are also from Anthro and the potted plant and frame are from Marshalls. I’m so close with miss E’s room being all done. It’s been a process, but I have slowly waited to find/make the right pieces to go in there. Hopefully I will get to share the whole room soon. -jess

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Church Coffee Shop Makeover

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At the beginning of the year I embarked on my biggest diy project yet: our church coffee shop makeover. Even though it took quite a while to finish up, I’m so happy with how it came out. It was fun designing and being creative with using what we already had on hand so we could be wise with our budget for it. I’m very thankful for the many people who helped make this a reality with their time and donations. It’s now a nice area to be used by the church for fellowship, classes/meetings, and provides an area for the many people who come in during the week seeking help through counseling/food bank/other needs/etc.

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Before I get into the details, let’s take a look at the before. It was a very nice spot that they had redone when the church first moved into this building. For some background, the building was originally a grocery store. Then another church bought it and started to work on the interior to make it more functional for church purposes. And after they had it, they moved on to a different building and our church moved in and began using it. It still has a lot of work to be done to be used to it’s full potential, but we are getting there. Here is the before (pics courtesy of Clark Miller) :

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As you can see, one of the most noticeable transformations was taking that wall down and opening it up. I was told this used to be a children’s area, which is why I’m sure the wall was there (to keep them in there lol). But as a coffee shop, the wall was a hindrance. If people were standing in the entrance, it was hard to get in. Now there is much more flow and it feels a lot more welcoming. We painted the whole area to brighten it up. I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Icy Avalanche (HGSW1497) in eggshell for the walls and Sherwin Williams Carbonzied in semi-gloss (HGSW1481) for the baseboards and cabinets. Since this church has a lot of foot traffic, we noticed the white baseboards on the inside would look dingy and dirty real quick. Painting the baseboards a darker color hides a lot more of the wear and tear.

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For the counter area we did a few simple things to take it up a notch. We painted the cabinets, which thankfully went perfect with the main counter tops so there was no need to replace them, but we did paint the back counter tops with special paint just for that since they were red. Someone had some of this paint they never used and it ended up being a great match to the overall color scheme. FIY, the special counter top paint stinks horribly! So if you ever do this, be prepared for that. We had the walls covered in this wood that was actually old shelving from in the back of the church. I gave it a good sanding to get rid of a lot of the scuff marks and then gave it a coat of polycrylic to protect it from food and drink splashes. We had these lights from Lowes installed to give some more ambient light which I spray painted them black to match. They changed the name of the shop to Fifteen Fifty-One, which is the address number of the church, so I created a new logo (using a template from creative market) to update it. To get it on the wall, I used a projector to project the image, traced it with a pencil, and then painted it in.

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I used premade chalkboard panels from Home Depot for the chalkboards and Nekoda Derouen framed them with wood and put them in place. We stained wood to create shelves to hold some of the supplies and I spray painted galvanized piping/flanges/caps to hold them in place (here is a great tutorial on all that).

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To help with the customer flow, I made an order here sign to place above the counter. I simply stained some wood, created the letters from vinyl on my Cricut Explore, and drilled some holes to hang it with rope.

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We also decided to make a large chalkboard menu. This was on the large side so I actually used thin wood panels that I painted with chalkboard paint. Then Nekoda put these together as well and framed them and Marybeth Anderson did the amazing chalk design. For the next little corner, I had the idea to create a more comfy and casual sitting area. Nekoda went and found these wicker shelves in church storage and added legs to create benches. He reused tops from other old benches to go on top and a lovely volunteer covered them in a drop cloth for us. The tables were old stools that he cut down and added new tops and painted. I found the metal stools at Hobby Lobby and helped make a bunch of the pillows to go with it. I also added some metal magazine holders so people can have something to look at when they are sitting here.

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The “gather” word was another word that I projected on the wall, traced, and painted. Such an easy project with a big impact! Beside that area is what I call the “testimony wall.” I wanted a place where we could share pictures, stories, and encouraging quotes/verses. I was inspired by a board idea I found on pinterest. The words “tell”, “story”, and on the word bubble, were all made from vinyl. I found the wood “your” letters from Target and painted the sides of them, and then Nekoda made those word bubbles for me. I filled in the boards with all kinds of things, but many of the printables I used were from this site.

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The other side of the coffee shop needed a little love too, so Clark designed these and we had engineer prints made and framed them.

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For a few final touches, Nekoda made this barn door to replace the old one and an awesome trashcan cover.

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All the tables used were also old tables found in the church and made over or made from scratch by Nekoda and the beautiful new flooring was installed by awesome volunteers. I still can’t believe it’s all done, but it is and functions perfectly for what we need right now. I’m currently working on the parent’s room now and can’t wait to share that. I installed my first ever board and batten wall there! Now I’m going to do one in my own home haha. Oh, and if you follow me on instagram you saw that there will be a new {free!} girls dress pattern releasing soon, so be on the lookout for that soon.


Fabric Label DIY

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I have been sewing up some kids clothing lately and needed some  more labels to sew in them. I decided it was time for me to go ahead and share this process with you as I have had such great success with it over the years. There are a few methods I have tried, but this is my favorite fabric label diy hands down and they have lasted for everything I have made so far (through multiple washings!).

how to make fabric labels | happy together What you need:

  • Tightly woven light colored fabric (ex: quilting cotton; and I do nothing to fabric to prep it except iron it)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper that fits your printer
  • Printer (I use an HP Deskjet F4280 and use the HP ink for it; I cannot speak for other printers/inks, but if you can please share your results in the comments)
  • Freezer paper (found in the section with aluminum foil/saran wrap/etc)
  • Iron
  • Design to print (I made a simple page of labels in Word, but you can create yours however you like)

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Start by ironing your fabric to get any wrinkles out. Then take the piece of paper and use that to cut out the same size from the freezer paper.

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Place the freezer paper on top of the fabric, shiny side down. Make sure to turn iron to “no steam” and iron the freezer paper to the fabric.

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Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

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Place it in your printer with the fabric side facing down (or other way if your printer prints differently). I usually put a regular piece of paper on top as I’m putting it in place just to make sure it goes in where it needs to. Then I take the paper out so only the fabric/freezer paper combo is there. When you go to print labels, make sure to choose the best ink option so it takes its time to print. Now, I have had the printer not catch the fabric properly and it got jammed, but it doesn’t happen often. Just watch and if it seems like it’s starting to not catch properly hit the cancel button on your printer and pull it out. I can’t speak for all printers, but I rarely have problems with this method. Just give it a try and see if it might work for you.

Tip: Be mindful of the colors you are choosing to print with. I have only used darker colors as I feel confident they will show up well.

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Once printed, you can cut your labels out. But if it’s your first time trying this, I suggest putting the fabric in the wash after the first print so you can see how the ink holds up. Mine always has held up wonderfully well so I hope yours does too! Besides that, I leave them attached to the freezer paper until it comes time to use them as it keeps them nice and crisp and it’s easy to store them. Below is an example of them sewn in (and you can get the free skirted sweatshirt pattern here as well). -jess

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