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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

DIY Board & Batten Wainscot Combo Wall |2-Story Family

This wall…. it’s been the bane of my existence… Okay, it’s not quite that dramatic, but it kept calling for a DIY.  At least I try convincing my husband I can “hear these walls talk” telling me what the house wants/needs 😉

Thinking about the board & batten process on the wall, I originally thought I would do a pattern similar to this;

But after consulting w/ my friend Julie, who is an amazing interior designer, she came up w/ this;
Knowing that this wall was going to be in the works, I knew the fireplace wall was also going to get some updates.  I started w/ that because I wasn’t sure if I would be “wrapping” the framework across that wall, to the built-ins, then the large t.v. wall.
DIY fireplace mantel tile wall frame before & after 7And here is the family room as of today!… I love how the board & batten turned out and totally transformed the feeling of this space.  The wall, being 19ft tall was literally a big, bear, empty wall.  The room itself is good sized at 19ft x 17ft, and the tall walls made it feel less intimate.

diy family roomBEFORE & AFTER DIY FAMILY ROOM 3Here are some before & afters;
BEFORE & AFTER DIY FAMILY ROOM 2I can’t believe how far this room has come since we bought our home… It’s definitely more our personal taste now.  It’s really a refreshing, cozy feeling now, and I love it.  BEFORE & AFTER DIY FAMILY ROOM

This was also a fun little task to do, and super simple!  The vent cover before wasn’t the prettiest to look at, and you could see the studs behind it.  A quick DIY frame w/ the Kreg Jig and some aluminum sheet metal cut to size, viola!

A couple of iPhone pictures throughout the process;

The next project?  Building a custom piece to go under the t.v. along that wall.  It definitely needs to be more proportionate to the wall length.  Since the t.v. is mounted, we don’t need it to hold the t.v., but the satellite box, PS3, etc.  The large speakers are getting moved across the room and cables hidden beneath the carpet line.  Here are some pieces that I love the style of… I will make ours to fit the height under the t.v. and a bit wider;



I’m even thinking a nice pop of color… Like this:



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Kim K - July 27, 2014 - 8:40 PM

This is gorgeous! You are so talented! Check out Annie Sloan Before and After FB page. The chair you posted last looks like something painted with chalk paint.

ImaginatePhotography - July 27, 2014 - 10:40 PM

It is… Annie Sloan "blue robin"… But I make my own 🙂

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