This week I worked on removing the horizontal battens that were on one wall in our room. It was a feature that I added during my first One Room Challenge. But after four years, I was tired of them and they just collect dust. Nobody ever tells you that when you see these beautiful feature walls on Pinterest. Just like baseboards, they collect dust too. I was tired of the maintenance and want a new simpler look.
REMOVING BATTEN FEATURE
After the batten boards were removed, the wall was showing many layers of paint. The builder paint when we moved in, the moody charcoal gray from before, and then the white from the board and batten feature wall. I removed all the caulking and paint layers with a scraper. Then, fill in the areas with spackling. Our walls are textured, so luckily this did not need to be perfect. After it was dry, I was able to sand it all down and paint. I used Valspar Seashell Gray, the same color as the rest of our walls.
I have been thinking about adding some vertical shiplap. However, I think I will tire of it quickly and don’t want to spend all the time and money on something I won’t love for a long time. I removed it from our dining room shortly after installing it. Plus, almost every room in our house has some type of feature wall and I’m ready for a change.
After I complete the room, I will make the final decision on if I want to do it or not. I’m concerned it will be a lot of lines with the ceiling beams, vertical detail in the bed, and then the wall. However, if I do it will be a budget-friendly version and be faux shiplap using a black marker. There are a lot of tutorials on how to do this, but my friend at Woods & Ivory does it best!
remove the batten on the feature wall and repaint
- update nightstands
- DIY headboard
- DIY beams
- new gallery wall with a mix of vintage art
- new decor, duvet, and accessories