J & A Master Bedroom, Day 2:: More Board & Batten (and My Love For Caulk)

Yesterday was my second work day on John & Alice’s master bedroom. I finished installing all of the molding, and got about 1/3 of the caulking done.

I just have to ask…what in the world did people do before caulk was invented? Did they just live with those annoying gaps and cracks? Or was everyone a master craftsman?

Well, whatever the answer, let’s just say that I’m soooo incredibly thankful for caulk. Anything that can take this…

DIY project board and batten walls

and make it look like this…

DIY project board and batten walls

is nothing short of miraculous in my book.

I didn’t fill the nail holes yet. I usually do those with wood filler (another miracle worker) so that they can be sanded super smooth. I can never seem to achieve that really smooth look with caulk. I tried using caulk on nail holes once on a project, and just ended up with little indentations everywhere. It wasn’t pretty.

So here’s the whole 360-degree view of the room as it looks now, clockwise starting with the main wall where the headboard will go.

DIY project board and batten walls
DIY project board and batten walls
DIY project board and batten walls
DIY project board and batten walls
DIY project board and batten walls
DIY project board and batten walls

And one more semi-closeup. This is one of the walls that I caulked.

DIY project board and batten walls

I can’t wait to see this painted! I would love to think that I’ll get it finished today, but that might be wishful thinking. I first need to finish up the caulking, fill and sand the nail holes, and prime.

On another note, I’m thinking about painting all of the interior doors black. I haven’t talked to John and Alice about this yet, but I’ve been wanting to do this in someone’s house ever since I saw this home that was designed by Joni of Cote de Texas

living room designed by Joni of Cote de Texas

Here are a few more interiors with black doors:

interior doors painted black
via Lavender & Lilies


interior doors painted black

via Design*Sponge

interior door painted black

via Domino Magazine

I absolutely love the look. What’s your opinion on black interior doors?

Alrighty…I must get to work. The wallpaper is supposed to be delivered Friday (along with another little something that I ordered, and I’m very excited about), so I need to get this board and batten finished up! Hope you have a great day!

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  1. Kristi, you are just sooooo creative. LOVE the black door and thinking that would look cool in my condo as I have all white woodwork but a beautful cottage style TV stand in black……

  2. Janet, I love your black door! Thanks for sharing it. I think you should definitely do the rest of your home. It looks great with your dark floor.

  3. I've been contemplating black doors because I have cheap crappy ones and can't afford to replace them for another year or two. So I've pretty much decided as I paint each room and trim, I'm going to do the doors black so they'll look nicer until I can get some nice new doors. I love the look and I have mostly white, gray, creams so I think they'll look so much better, even if they are still cheap and crappy, lol!

  4. I love the black door idea- let me know how they respond to your suggestion. The walls are coming along. 🙂

  5. Stunning room. The black doors are awesome, I am moving into my brand new house in June, and have gleaned so many ideas here. Thanks

  6. The black door idea is great. I might paint my closet doors in my bedroom black. Would you recommend using a paint sprayer? Are you planning on smoothing the texture in between the wood panels?

    Great Work! LOVE your blog.

  7. The black doors look sleek and classy. It looks fabulous against the pastel colored walls. Love that fabulous pendant light in the bathroom as well.

  8. Kristi, I would love to know if you used liquid nails on installation of the board and batten treatment or just finishing nails?  I'm seriously considering using this treatment in my son's bedroom, (now turned guest room).  I am so inspired by all of your projects and in awe of your talent!

  9. Susan, my adhesive of choice is Loctite Power Grab–the kind that says "instant grab" on the tube.  Then I follow up with finishing nails.  If you don't have a brad nailer with an air compressor, I highly recommend purchasing one before you start on a project like board and batten.  You don't have to spend a lot of money.  I bought mine (compressor AND nail gun) in one package for $99 at Lowe's.