We just finished sprucing up our half bathroom on the main floor, and boy do I love it! Before I continue, let me show you the "before":
From the day we moved in (which is almost a year ago! wow!), this bathroom has stumped me decorating-wise. It was a small, boring white box with a cramped sink and a big blank wall next to the toilet. After a while, I finally figured out board and batten was the look I wanted! We used a few tutorials to help figure out what to do (here, here, and my friend Sada's were the most helpful). I feel like this project is *relatively* self-explanatory, and everyone's board and batten project is different because of the varying dimensions of each house. It's totally one of those "figure out as you go" projects.
We didn't feel like we needed to replace our baseboards since they were the same width as the board under the shelf. We used pine for the boards, batten and molding under the shelf and painted them with Sherwin Williams Swiss Coffee (the same white as the white walls). For the most part, we painted before we hung them up (using Liquid Nails and a nail gun), but obviously we had to do some touch-ups to cover the nail holes. The charcoaly grey is Seal Grey by Glidden. It's the perfect amount of contrast from the white. We placed our shelf at a height that was consistent with the paneling on our doors. I love how the doors make it look like this board and batten has always belonged in this house (see photo below).
I'm keeping my eye out for more art and/or decorations, but for now I am loving the few things I have found. Mint and coral are two of my favorite colors at the moment. I found the "Every little thing is gonna be alright" print at a local craft fair. The frame is from Wal-Mart ($7!) that I spray-painted gold. The bird print is by Etsy seller TheaterClouds. It is one of my new favorite things in the whole house. It's so peaceful and serene. Russ even mentioned how it reminds him of the birds we see flying over the river behind our house. I totally agree. The ampersand is a gift from my dear friend Sada. The little "flower carton" is from decorsteals.com. And the flowers were taken from the table-settings at my cousin's wedding (with permission, of course). :)
The mirror may actually have been one of the most time-consuming aspects of this project. About a year ago my sister was cleaning out her house and gave me this flower-painted mirror. I loved the shape and it is quite substantial, so I've been keeping it for a future project. This baby needed some serious sanding! The flowers were actually raised off the black from so much paint. I sanded for EVER, primed it a few times, and did a million coats of the mint paint (no exaggeration ;) with sanding in between each coat to try and get it nice and smooth. (The green is Supreme Green by Sherwin Williams).
....aaaaaand it worked. I love, love, love the mirror. It is a perfect contrast to the coral hand towel (from Anthropologie). The rug is from Crate and Barrel.
If you are still reading you deserve a medal.
I hope you enjoyed seeing our little board and batten renovation! It's relatively cheap and easy, so if you have thought about doing it... go for it! I believe in you! :)
(ps. I apologize for the sub-par pictures... small bathrooms with no natural light are really hard to photograph, especially for an amateur like me :)