I started working on the nursery a few weeks ago. We are transforming one of our small guest bedrooms into baby's bedroom. I started with a bunch of smaller projects. But after a while I realized that the small projects were just going to sit on the floor until I got around to the bigger projects. So last week I decided to take on the board and batten.
We painted the bedrooms blue a while back. They were horrible shades of bright kid colors when we moved in and it was one of the first things we changed. So when we found out we were expecting, I naturally thought about the nursery color and debated whether the shade was appropriate for either gender. Obviously blues are mainly associated with boys, but I decided to wait to make any decisions until we found out the gender. Of course, it's a girl. So I wrestled with the idea of changing the color, but I ultimately decided that the shade of blue we had was light enough to be girly.
Then I had a stroke of genius. For some reason, this particular bedroom had a chair rail that went around the room. It is the only room in the house that has one so I found it a bit odd. Then I realized that I might be able to use it to my advantage. I'd seen a few tutorials on Pinterest for (faux) board and batten, and a lot of them used a chair rail. So since I already had one, I figured I would put it to good use. By adding some lattice boards to create my board and batten, I could essentially paint a fraction of the room, lighten it up, and decrease the amount of blue without painting the whole thing. So I did!
I started by measuring the space between the chair rail and my base boards. Then I drew out the walls of the room in my sketchbook to determine how to space the lattice strips. It took me a while to do the calculations so I would avoid the 8 different outlets in the room. Once I finished, I went to the hardware store for the appropriate amount of lattice boards. They sell them in a couple different lengths.