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Board and Batten and New Paint in Bathroom

board and battenWhen I bought our house, the only bathroom in the house wasn’t cute at all. I’m being polite – the bathroom was gross. It had mold, several layers of tile, a yucky floor, broken vanity, ugly wall paper, cracked mirror… A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel. So I worked with what I had.

Bathroom BeforeThe first thing I did was rip out the old sheet rock, tile, and floor.Panolam 8-ft Fiberglass Reinforced Wall PanelI replaced the broken shower tile with this Fiberglass Reinforced Wall Panel. It’s extremely durable and easy to install.

bathroom refreshbathroom cabinet beforeI repaired and stained the vanity.

bathroom makeoverI also added new knobs.

Vinyl FloorFor the floor I used this vinyl tile. It’s super durable, easy to install, and unlike ceramic tile, vinyl doesn’t feel cold.
Vinyl FloorRecently, I also installed a board and batten.

board and battenSince I didn’t replace the base board, all I had to do was pick up two primed lattice strips at Home Depot.

bathroom refreshA couple of years back, I painted the walls a  bluish/turquoise color. But now I wanted a classic grey so I went with Benjamin Moore “Moonshine”.
benjamin mooreInstalling a board and batten is fairly easy yet time-consuming. There are hundreds of tutorials on the internet… no need to bore you with mine. Installing board and batten involves lots of cutting, nailing, caulking and painting. Oh, btw, most tutorials will tell you to use a nail gun. Well, I don’t have one so I used a regular hammer and finishing nails. It worked just fine, but one of these days I’d love to get a nail gun.

bathroom refreshThis board and batten isn’t just pretty, it’s also practical. In a small bathroom, every inch counts and you want it to be as functional as possible.

bathroom refreshbathroom refreshbathroom refreshI’m happy with the results. Although the bathroom is small, it feels bright and fresh.

13 Brilliant Ways to Repurpose Blinds

Board & Batten with Leftover Blinds

Board & Batten with Leftover Blinds

A few months ago, I created a Board and Batten for my kitchen with leftover faux wood blinds. This was a great way to repurpose and reuse and I love the way the board and batten turned out. But I am not the only one who thinks creating something with leftover blinds is cool.

Are you familiar with Hometalk? I love Hometalk… it’s basically a Pinterest like site for all things home and garden… Exactly what I love! I just put a Repurposed Blinds idea board together and you can see some amazing things people have created with old blinds. It blows my mind seeing how creative people are.

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Upcycle: Board and Batten with Leftover Faux Wood Blinds

It all started with faux wood blinds. A few months ago, I bought two sets of faux wood blinds at ReStore for just $6 each. I saved a ton of money buying them used. At Lowe’s, the same blinds cost around $40 each. The blinds were perfect, except they were a tad too long. I figured out how to shorten them and ended up with a bunch of leftover faux wood pieces. I just couldn’t get myself to throw them away. My first thought was to make several white frames, but instead I came up with the backsplash idea.I have grown tired of waiting for my subway tile backsplash – Not enough funds, not enough time. In the meantime, I am happy with the faux wood blinds board and batten backsplash. To be honest, I didn’t want thick pieces of wood sticking out too far anyways.

I stained the kitchen cabinets with Java gel stain after we moved in. I did the same with my bathroom vanity. The cabinets are solid wood, but I didn’t care for the light brown color. Appliances are older, but work just fine for now. My motto – don’t get rid of things if they still work. 

I primed and painted the faux blinds and the wall with leftover paint.

I used liquid nails to attach the blinds to the wall.  It’s also easy to cut the blinds using a utility knife. No saw required.

The project didn’t cost me anything since I already had everything from previous projects.

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