Upcycle: Board and Batten with Leftover Faux Wood Blinds
September 25, 2014
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.
Great job! I have a ton of these wood blinds I took down, but didn’t have the heart to part with. Maybe I will try this, or cut them and place them side by side to look like real planks in an older kitchen, maybe in my front bath too! Thanks for the inspiration, and again Great Job!
Great idea! Also could be recycled for updating the look of kitchen cabinet fronts. The thin wood of the faux blinds would not weigh down the cabinet front & with a little joining of their edges, it would give plain cabinet fronts a more finished look with trim.
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Hi, Debbie. So glad you like the cabinets. I don’t have a before picture (not sure what happened with all I took) but this might help you. http://mominmusiccity.com/bathroom-vanity-re-design-just/. The kitchen cabinets were the same color and I used the same stain on both.It’s the General Finishes Java Stain.