One Room Challenge Week 4 – Installing Wallpaper + Board and Batten

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April 27, 2022


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This week is week 4 of the One Room Challenge. We’re halfway through! This week on the blog we will be tackling installing board and batten and wallpaper.

These are two things that neither Romie nor myself have ever done before. Stay tuned to see how it goes!

Last week you saw that we have installed the tile for our basement tile. Catch up here.

This week we are going to put on the board and batten. Pick out a paint color for the board and batten. AND install the wallpaper. A pretty filled week if I do say so myself.

Installing board and batten

Step 1. Measure, measure, measure. I made all of the measurements and headed to home depot to find all of the boards we needed. Because wood supplies are very expensive at the moment, we went with pvc and mdf primed boards.

In order to calculate the batten spacing. I used this online tool.

I went with a 1 x 4 for the baseboard, a 1 x 6 for the top board, and a 1x 4 for the shelf. The battens are 1x 2’s.

This was our list from Home depot

  • 1×6 board
  • (2) 1×4 boards
  • (5) 1×2 boards
  • (2) quarter rounds
  • Wood filler
  • Drywall spackle
  • Sanding paper (various grit)
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Toilet caulk
  • Tub caulk
man at home depot with wood

The hardest thing was putting them in the car lol. This was also our first time putting wood in the back of the truck.

I just used a miter box to cut the wood. So nothing fancy. Here is what a miter box looks like.

miter box

So I cut them. Nailed them to the wall with a brad nailer. NO LIQUID NAILS.

Then I filled them in with wood filler. Sanded. And then painted.

Now one thing I would CHANGE is painting the wood prior to nailing it on the wall. Especially with the quarter round. Rookie mistake. But lesson learnt.

Hexagon floor tile with board and batten

Installing the wallpaper

Now we chose the crane wallpaper from Milton and King – located here. It comes in a variety of colors and seemed easy enough to install. This wallpaper set the theme for the entire design, so it really had to go well. Like I said, this was our FIRST TIME EVER installing wallpaper.

Milton and King Crane Wallpaper

So this wallpaper is a paste the wall type of wallpaper. I definitely had heard horror stories about peel and stick, so I knew I wanted the easiest possible wallpaper to install for the first time. For the wallpaper paste, we used the Roman Pro 543 Universal wallpaper paste.

Roman Pro 543 Wallpaper Paste

It was great. The only thing was that it dried quickly. I think this is why people really like wallpaper that you have to wet in order for it to stick. We really had a work quickly to get things aligned just right.

This wallpaper from Milton and King was a two roll wallpaper. Meaning you had Roll A and Roll B. There were some mess ups because I went rogue when cutting and thought I had enough length and I didn’t. Oops. So we didn’t have enough for the back wall. That’s ok though. It looks great.

The corners were also really hard. I found that having two people to help was really helpful.

Bathroom with Board and Batten and Crane Wallpaper. Hexagon bathroom floor tile.

Next steps are to install the countertop, new faucet, towel hooks, mirror, toilet seat, curtain rod, light and bath accessories.

Stay tuned for next week!

Stay tuned for next week when we install our board and batten and wallpaper!

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