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Francois Renovates: Nursery Board & Batten + Wallpaper Progress (Video)

Uffda! I feel like we’ve made leaps and bounds of progress in the nursery recently. I’m going to walk through the board & batten progress today with still photos, but make sure to check out the video at the bottom for more real time views of the space!

It's post 4 of our 6 week nursery design project. We made leaps and bounds with board & batten and wallpaper. Come check it out!

Once the drywall had been patched and sanded, Ken started in on the board and batten. There are a million great board and batten tutorials out there, so I’m not going to walk through the entire DIY, but here’s the gist.  This tutorial and this tutorial were especially helpful in determining general board sizes and spacing.

1. First we attached 1/8″ thick 4′ x 8′ MDF to the wall with a nail gun. The overall height of the panels is 54″ which we chose specifically to time out with the mid-section of our double-hung windows. At this point, it’s wise to prime your MDF. We didn’t do this and wish we had. Once the boards are attached, it’s harder to cover every little corner with primer.

It's post 4 of our 6 week nursery design project. We made leaps and bounds with board & batten and wallpaper. Come check it out!

2. Next we attached the batten over top of the MDF sheeting. The vertical batten spacing varied from 16-17″ on center depending on the length of the wall and door/window placement. The board widths we used were:

  • 6″h base
  • 3″w verticals
  • 4″h horizontal top board
  • 2″w top ledge
  • 1″ cove molding (just below the top ledge)

It's post 4 of our 6 week nursery design project. We made leaps and bounds with board & batten and wallpaper. Come check it out!

3. Once the batten were in, we painted everything with Behr, Whisper White in a satin finish. I think it took somewhere around 4 coats of paint even after primer. Yikes!

It's post 4 of our 6 week nursery design project. We made leaps and bounds with board & batten and wallpaper. Come check it out!

4. Last but not least, the wallpaper went up above the paneling. We used Nethercote from Hygge & West.

Okay before you go, check out this little video we put together explaining the progress we made this week. Check out my YouTube Channel for more videos and tutorials!

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Good Reminder DIY Notebook Cover

‘Tis that time of year when we’re busy making resolutions for the new year in an effort to make 2017 the best one yet. Did you guys make any goals? One of the things I really want to accomplish is being more present and less plugged into my iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a blogger, so emailing, Instagramming, Pinteresting, & Tweeting very much come with the territory. But with our first baby arriving in weeks, I want to make sure I can find a manageable balance between the two.

Add an inspiring phrase to your everyday notebook cover to help you achieve your new year resolution. Click for all the details!

It’s a goal that’s been on my mind for awhile now, and last Fall I DIY’ed this easy notebook cover to remind myself of it every day. It’s one of those projects (my favorite kind) where if you can source awesome materials up front, then the end result ends up being cool without much effort on your end.

I chose “pay attention” as my cover phrase, but any phrase where the total number of letters is a multiple of 3 will work. The notebook pictured is from Target, and unfortunately no longer available, but here’s a similar one from Amazon. The stickers are also from Amazon. Check out the full tutorial over at Sugar & Cloth!

Add an inspiring phrase to your everyday notebook cover to help you achieve your new year resolution. Click for all the details! Add an inspiring phrase to your everyday notebook cover to help you achieve your new year resolution. Click for all the details! Add an inspiring phrase to your everyday notebook cover to help you achieve your new year resolution. Click for all the details!

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Francois Renovates: Wrath of the Nursery Ice Dams

Good Afternoon! I’m back with an update on what’s been happening in the nursery. As you know, we suspected some water damage on the west wall due to decades of ice dams, and as we pulled back the lath and plaster, we found some extremely rotted, uninsulated 2×4’s that needed replacing. However, no moisture or signs of mold as there was also a little hole in the exterior plaster that we’re assuming allowed everything to dry over the years. The plan was to replace the wall’s 2×4’s, insulate and dry wall, but before we could get started, we had to address the drooping ceiling crest.

Check in on Part 3 of our 6 week nursery design project. This week we're addressing decades old ice dams. Click to see how we fixed the issue.

You see, since the wall joists had rotted, the ceiling joists, though still in great, non water-damaged condition began to droop slightly in this area. In an effort to jack the ceiling back up, Ken built a fake “dummy” wall about 12″ from the exterior wall, and then, one by one, replaced each of the vertical 2×4’s (on the dummy wall) with slightly longer pieces by pounding them into place, and thereby lifting the ceiling. He did a couple rounds of this in order to get the ceiling as high as he could. We had to be careful though not to lift the ceiling too much which would crack the plaster everywhere else in the room, so as you can see there is still a little droop in the photo below. Not to fear, strategically placed molding will come to the rescue. The big win here is we now have a structurally sound, insulated wall and peace of mind that no one will have the roof caving in on them or breathing mold spores as they sleep and play in here!

Check in on Part 3 of our 6 week nursery design project. This week we're addressing decades old ice dams. Click to see how we fixed the issue.

Next bead board went up on the ceiling because A. did you see that gaping ceiling hole in the shot above? AND B. do you see the ugly popcorn on the rest of the ceiling? I completely understand that someone added a popcorn texture along the way to disguise inevitable plaster cracks. Makes sense. But I like to eat popcorn, not put it on my ceiling, so bead board it is. Pre-fab bead board is surprisingly affordable too. It was something like $20 per 4×8 sheet.

Check in on Part 3 of our 6 week nursery design project. This week we're addressing decades old ice dams. Click to see how we fixed the issue. board-batten-1-of-1

When we began the nursery, I was convinced that we were going to remove the carpet in here and redo the floors to match the rest of the house. I’m not a huge fan of wall to wall carpet, and if we were doing work in here, we might as well do the floors too, right? As we pulled the carpet up though, we discovered not only was there some pretty darn good water damage going on in here, a previous owner had laid down some kind of faux wood floor with a heavy duty adhesive. (The gray stuff in the picture below is the adhesive.) BIG BUMMER.

Sooooo, since I’m pregnant and haven’t been able to tackle any of the “construction” portion of the room, Ken had been taking on all of this himself.  (Let’s hear it for Ken!) I left the decision whether to redo the floors up to him. Can you guess what he decided? Hehe. Yep, the carpet stays for now, but don’t worry I have a big rug in mind that will help disguise most of it!

Check in on Part 3 of our 6 week nursery design project. This week we're addressing decades old ice dams. Click to see how we fixed the issue.

Make sure to check back in next week, as we have a little video where we’re talking board & batten & wallpaper selections for the room!

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Francois Renovates: Nursery Concept Board

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Okay guys, you’ve seen the before photos, and now you’re probably wondering what the heck we have planned for this space! Here’s a breakdown of the scope of the project:

  • Address bowing ceiling and ice damage by replacing rotted studs, insulating, and re-drywalling
  • Add bead board substrate to ceiling
  • Create white board and batten paneling around the lower 1/2 of the wall
  • Un-bury original hardwood floors to address water damage // decide if we should refinish them or leave the existing carpet as is.
  • Wallpaper upper half of the wall with playful Scandinavian inspired paper.
  • Update ceiling light fixture.
  • Furnish the room with classic pieces that hopefully can continue to work for us as our family grows

 You may be looking at the material selections for the room and thinking ‘I thought they said they were having a girl. Where’s the pink?!’ And you did hear right; we are indeed having a girl, but since neither Ken nor I are particularly keen on the color pink, we chose colors and materials that we’re drawn to, while making an effort to bring in girly accents in ways other than with pink. Of course every design starts with lots of visual research, below are two spaces that stood out to me:

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Photo via Maureen McKean

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Photo via Franklin & Ben

The design style is decidedly Nordic, playful and subtly girly. Check out the concept board sources below:

Wallpaper | Board & Batten | Cocoon Light Fixture | Bicycle Print | Oyster Print | Mobile | Dresser | Crib | Glider | Rug | Throw Pillow | Bookshelf | Throw | Sheepskin | Be Kind Banner | Ballerina Doll

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Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before

As you guys know, we have a little girl on the way arriving next month, and after adding a Murphy bed to our office to accommodate guests, we’re ready to tackle the ol’ beige guest room, and turn it into a nursery!

The “Before” of the room is pretty innocuous, but it’s also pretty boring. Just like the entire rest of the house, this room was painted beige too. I’m not kidding, from the kitchen to the bath to the living room to the bedrooms. EVERY room was painted the same color beige. Above is a picture of the room from the For Sale listing and you can see even the hallway was beige. No real complaints here though, beige is easier to cover up than say deep royal purple!

We're kicking off our nursery redesign with before photos of the former guest room. Come see beige overload!

Before we could even think about pretty finishes, we had to address the looming ice damage issue that had been making us nervous since we bought this place. The home is 90 years old, and sits at the Northwest corner, so it had decades of ice damage from before heat tape was invented. We knew the dams were no longer a reoccurring issue because nothing was wet, moldy or smelly in here, but the ceiling crest drooped on the wall (in the photo above), and we just thought: let’s make absolutely sure we know what’s back there before the baby takes up nest in here. Unfortch, Ken was gun-ho to get moving in here, and I wasn’t able to snap a shot of the drooping ceiling crest before he tore into it. Hopefully though, the rotted 2×4’s in the photo below will help get the point across.

Make sure to check back as I’ll be sharing weekly and bi-weekly updates of progress as it happens in here!

We're kicking off our nursery redesign with before photos of the former guest room. Come see beige overload!

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon Gift Bow (Video!)

 

I'm sharing the secret to making poufy ribbon gift bows for gifts, and it's easier than you think!

In case you guys are wrapping up gifts this week, I wanted to share this fancy, but deceptively easy bow trick I picked up as a 16-year-old while working at a candy shop making gift baskets around the Holidays. (My second job ever!) I still remember the day I learned this. It was such an a-ha! moment, and I thought to myself ‘OHHHH so that’s how they do it! Weird thoughts for a teenager? Probably.  What can I say though except: different strokes. Continue Reading →

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8 Ways to Prepare Your Guest Room for Holiday Hosting

Do you guys have people coming to stay for the Holidays? My sister was in town the first week of December celebrating for the Holidays, so we had our guest space in good working order a bit earlier than usual. With the Holidays approaching at lightning speed (seems like anyways!) I thought I’d share some of the things we kept in mind while preparing the room for her arrival, just in case you have people coming to stay too!

If you're expecting company, you'll want to check out our tips to prepare your guest room. Click for the full run-down! Continue Reading →

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4 DIY Favorites of Christmas Past

Making things for my home is probably one of my favorite things to do and especially so around the Holidays, as the projects are often created along with or for loved ones. And there just seems to be an added element of tradition, nostalgia, and memory-making that goes along with each handcrafted piece. Here are four of my DIY favorites from over the years:

Four of my all time favorite DIYs of Christmas past. Click for the round-up! Continue Reading →

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