My favorite DIY projects are the ones that have a huge wow factor without breaking my back or my wallet. John and I wanted to add to the bright and airy feeling we were going for in our living room with board and batten. We went to Lowes and Home Depot to scope out our supplies and were surprised by the costs of MDF boards for the batten. We also wanted to keep our original baseboards on because they didn’t show very much behind our furniture. We brainstormed how to get costs down and came across ideas from Decorchick, Thrify Decor Chick, and Young House Love.
Rather than using MDF boards, we used window trim for the chair rail and lath strips. I think most people use them to hold up their tomatoes… yay for thinking outside of the box or outside of the garden I guess you could say. We decided to give it a go since they were narrower and would rest on the baseboards.
The best thing about going this route was that it was super cheap… each board cost around 50 cents. We tried to pick the smoothest, straightest boards and sanded those bad boys down. A little primer and paint went a long way. I love how the wall highlighted our family pictures.
Our wicker chest/coffee table was moved to the corner while we listed our home for sale. We don’t usually use a coffee table anyway since I ran into one as a kid and broke my nose. I don’t usually need a place to set my coffee since I have to chug it to keep up with the kids anyway ( : The cost of paint, chair rail, and lath strips cost less than $50 and it made a huge difference in our space. No one noticed it wasn’t MDF! We got a new couch and bookshelves off of Craiglist. The bookshelves were only $50 each!!! We put an IKEA console in between them as a window seat from their AS IS section. It had a scratch on the top, which didn’t matter since we were using it as a bench. We added laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators which was on sale for $0.67/sq ft. Living room makeover accomplished.