One Room Challenge: Week # 4 Office Woes Turned Whoa

We made it to Week 4, phew!  At this point, I feel like it is crucial to look back at Week 1 and Week 2 to emphasize the transformation. Back when I thought we were just adding thicker trim and a moody green accent wall.

Well, the walls are halfsies board & batten, halfsies dark green paint! That escalated quickly. The board & batten turned out awesome (we think). Although this project took a bit of patience, I will say that anyone with a table saw, a level and a keen sense of perfection for measuring could tackle it. Did you catch the post on our super handy, pretty dang important tips for board & batten? Check it out here.

diy board and batten

The great paint debacle of Spring 2017, from the Week 3 post has been settled. Tarrytown Green by Benjamin Moore for the win. Fun fact: My sister and her family lived in Tarrytown, NY. When they moved there my nephew Finn, insisted on calling it ‘Scarytown.’ So we now have scarytown green on the walls and we love it!

If you recall from the Week 1 post, I mentioned that we would be including a cozy nook in the office. I’m super excited that the chair has arrived earlier than anticipated! While, I haven’t quite worked out the logistics of where it will go, it looks pretty dang sharp.

Last, but not least, the desk chair is complete. I’m beyond relieved that this, above anything else on our ORC to do list is finally done. This thing was a product of blood, sweat and tears…well, I don’t think I actually cried, but one of us did get bloody. It was Lincoln! He knocked a container of the studs on the ground and then proceeded to walk barefoot in the same direction of the fallen daggers. Whyyy!??? Oh man, it was straight out of a scene from Home Alone. Poor Marv.

diy oak chair

Do you remember what the chair looked like before? Be sure to catch up on instagram to see the transformation.

Dear Week 5, Please be kind to us. Here’s what we have on our agenda:

  1. Hang the light fixture (the new one has arrived, just missing a few parts).
  2. Frame pictures for picture rail moulding (waiting on the arrival of the frames).
  3. Reveal the new rug for the space (possible sneak peek on insta stories).
  4. Finish filing cabinet project (add castors, stain wood slab, attach sleek new pulls).
  5. Pick out floating shelves.
  6. Hang curtains.
  7. Hunt for accessories: greenery, side table, lamps, desk organizer.

one room challenge

Is there time? Can we do it? What do you guys think so far?


So Old Brand New knocked my socks off with their progress for the ORC. Did you catch the latest? No, well take a look and then head over to the link above to see more. Of course you can catch all the amazing designers from the ORC, here.



DIY Board and Batten

The board and batten is looking fresh to death. If you have any interest in this style I definitely recommend getting involved ASAP. For those of you with drywall in your homes (lucky jerks, I mean ducks) this project is cost effective and legitimately in the weekend project category.

Not to say us lath and plasterers couldn’t tackle this in a weekend, but we like to dilly dally, eat snacks, watch one too many seasons, I mean episodes of netflix. The usual. When reviewing our receipts we believe the materials; trim, board, batten, and chair rail, ran us about $250.

diy board and batten

There are a ton of DIY board & batten chronicles found on the interweb, like this one from Love Grows Wild or this one from DIY In Real Life. As promised in the ORC Week 2 post I’ve prepared the lath and plaster version of DIY Board & Batten or more appropriately the Karen and Linc version of Board & Batten with 3 PRETTY DANG IMPORTANT TIPS. Hopefully, this will contribute to the elusive ‘just one trip to the hardware store’ concept. The day we achieve this, there will be cake, lots of cake and it will be glorious.

Tip #1:

Measure and mark the wall for your ideal height of the tippity top of where the B & B will end on your wall.

trim removal

How This Helps: Avoid awkward run ins with window trim ex) too high, too low. Determine approximate length of batten needed (figuring in height of baseboard trim and chair rail)..

We have two windows in this room, one had trim that would awkwardly interrupt our chair rail. Anticipating this, we decided to remove the window trim and implement the height of the chair rail equal to its height for consistency.

Tip #2:

Get out your palm sander and give that B & B the once over.

diy board and batten

How This Helps: In comparison to our lath and plaster walls, the board (plywood) we purchased is super flat. However, it was not super smooth. We decided to go over it with a palm sander using 100 grit sandpaper. Ultimately, we did this for the batten as well.

Tip #3:

This one may seem like Tip #1, but pay close attention! Measure and mark the wall for the spacing of your battens.

diy board and batten

How This Helps: You can save time and energy by working around the outlets in your room. If you choose 18″ between each batten and one falls right over an outlet…that stinks. Measure them out ahead of time, if that means one wall is 18″ apart and another is 19.5″ apart, chances are it will remain undetectable from the human eye.

diy board and batten


I’m really excited for you guys to see our progress on Thursday’s ORC Week 4 post.

Spoiler Alert: Finally, there is just one paint color on all of the walls and it might just be a little scary….Please come back and check it out. Don’t forget to visit all the other crazy talented humans partaking in this event, click here. Shout out to Linda from Calling It Home for keeping the crazy alive and well, thank you!

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