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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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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: 2016 Home Projects (Before & After!)

A look back through the 2016 home projects we tackled this year. Click for the before & afters!

With a full year of home projects under our belts (and because I’m pregnant and unapologetically sentimental right now), I decided to take a look back through everything we’ve tackled in this house so far. Seeing it all rounded up in one place, I almost couldn’t believe how far we’ve come since closing in July of 2015. Though much of the main kitchen and the upstairs apartment kitchen renovations (we have an upstairs apartment that we rent out) were tackled at the end of 2015, finishing touches and the actual blog posts went up in 2016, so I decided to include these spaces as well. I’ve linked each before/after pairing back to the original post in case you want to see more or are looking for a product source. I hope you enjoy the walk back through this year’s home projects as much as I did!

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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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Guestroom Office Makeover: Get the Look

On the coattails of yesterday’s big reveal, I wanted to breakdown what specific pieces we used to achieve the overall look. There were a few accessories that I DIY’ed myself, like the pink floor mirror, Ikat lumbar pillow, message board and indigo-dyed shams, but most everything else is shoppable. I also tried really hard only to include links to the EXACT accessories you see in the reveal. The only exceptions to this are a few of the DIY’ed pieces and the  insanely gorgeous, one of a kind vintage rug from Woven Abode. In this case, I linked to the most similar rug available.

Love the look of our guestroom office makeover? Find all the sources for recreating the look at your place. Click for the full list! Continue Reading →

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Before & After: Creating a Small-Space Guestroom with method

Baby Girl Francois is well on her way to taking over our current guestroom come February, and with 3 bedrooms in our home: our bedroom, my office/studio, and the soon-to-be-nursery, we had to figure out a way to accommodate overnight guests comfortably without resorting to our living room sofa (our only sofa) as the royal sleeping chambers.

After much ‘what-the-heck-are-we-going-to-do-with-our-guest-bed-situation?‘ discussion, Ken and I concluded that our only real option was to add a bed to my current office and turn it into a multi-use space by re-configuring the layout.

I tossed in the idea of doing a murphy bed, because I had one in my tiny first apartment post-college, and they’re such a smart space saver. The way it folds up into itself when not in use, giving me nearly the same amount of space in my office to work on large projects as I originally had, was just too tempting to pass up!

See how we created a guestroom within our office using a murphy bed. Click for the full before & after! Continue Reading →

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