Black Friday Master List

Here is an entire A-Z list of the BEST Black Friday deals so that you don’t have to battle the crowds to get your holiday shopping done! You can refer to this page throughout the weekend to see which retailers have launched their Cyber Week Sales. I will be updating this tab as sale change!


ABERCROMBIE | 30% off entire store + FREE SHIPPING. See more of my top picks HERE.

AMAZON | Save up tp 70% on devices that work with Alexa, TONS of sales happening! 

AMERICAN EAGLE | 30% off entire store + FREE SHIPPING + 25% all jeans. 

ANN TAYLOR | 50% with code FRIDAY50 

ANTRHOPOLOGIE | 30% off

ASOS | up to 80% off almost everything + additional 20% off with code FRIYAY20 

BANANA REPUBLIC | 40% off purchase 

BAUBLEBAR | 30% off purchase with code BB30 + FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75

BLOOMINGDALESTake $25 off every $100 you spend

BOOHOO | 60% off everything + get extra 10% off with code EXTRA

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS | up to 50% off 

DSW | 25% off with code BFDEAL + free weekender with $49 purchase + code BFDEAL| Become a VIP for 20% off

EXPRESS | 40%-50% off EVERYTHING. More of my picks HERE.

FOREVER21 | Extra 30%-80% off everything

FRANCESCAS |50% off and extra 10% off $75 purchase with code CHEERS

FREE PEOPLE | Up to 50% off + FREE EXPRESS SHIPPING

GAP |  40% off everything 

GOODNIGHT MACAROON | 40% off with code THANKS2021

H&M | 30% off everything

J.CREW | up to 60% off sale styles + 40% off almost everything with code BESTFRIDAY | FREE SHIPPING

J.CREW FACTORY | 50% off SITE WIDE + get $10 off every $50 spent

LEVI’S | 40% off + FREE SHIPPING

LOFT | 50% off with code FRIYAY

LORD & TAYLOR | $30 off $100+ with code BMSM30 | $75 off $250+ with code BMSM75 | $150 off $400+ code BMSM150

M-A-C | 50% off face & foundation + 30% off site wide | FREE SHIPPING on $25 or more

MACY’S | 75% off select bedding, 50% off fragrances, 60% off diamond studs and earrings. FREE SHIPPING on $25 or more

MADEWELL | 30% off everything with code OHJOY

MARLEY LILLY | Up to 75% off + free gift with purchase. Love this site for monogrammed gifts!

NASTYGAL | 50% off everything + download app for additional 10% off

NEIMAN MARCUS |Up to $500 off with code THANKFUL | up to 75% off regular-price and sale items | 

NORDSTROM | Tons of sales up to 50% off 

NORDSTROM RACK | Best place to stock up on holiday gifts, extra 40% off sale items + up to 65% off + FREE SHIPPING

OLD NAVY |50% off

PINK LILY | 30%-80% off

POTTERY BARN | up tp 70% off

RED DRESS | 25% off with code THANKS25

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE | $75 gift card with $150 purchase with code BLKFRISF + 15% off beauty

SAM EDELMAN |30% off with code GIFT30 

SAM’S CLUB | $75 Hunter boots (size down if in between sizes) 

SHOPBOP | Take 15%-30% off with code HOLIDAY | up to 50% off sale items

SEPHORA | tons of sales| FREE SHIPPING with code FREESHIP

STEVE MADDEN |30% off site wide with code BF2021

SOREL | FREE SHIPPING

TARGET | So many sales! Clothing up to 50% off. Kitchen appliances up to 40% off. Top tech up to 50% off.

TORY BURCH | 30% off on select styles. Up to 50% off sale styles.

T3 MICRO | 25% off sitewide (I love this wand)

UGG | 35%-40% off select styles 

ULTA Beauty | tons of sales! | spend $35 and receive FREE SHIPPING

URBAN OUTFITTERS | 25% off entire purchase

VICTORIA’S SECRET | free tote with $85 purchase with code BFVSTOTE | FREE SHIPPING 

VINCE CAMUTO | 30%-50% off everything with code CYBER + STYLESTEALS

WALMART | hundreds of items already on sale!

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50+ Funny Thanksgiving Day Instagram Captions

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Before I go stuff my face (and probably drink a little too much wine) with family, I wanted to share some cute and punny instagram captions for all of those grams I know you’ll be posting later on when you’ve turned into a couch potato!

  • Let’s get basted
  • I yam what I yam
  • Fifty shades of gravy
  • Zero plucks given
  • Eat hard, nap harder
  • I get pie with a little help from my friends
  • Hey there, cutie pie
  • Eyes on the pies
  • My role at family functions is to look the best and drink the wine
  • Eat, drink, and wear stretchy pants
  • What a cluster pluck
  • May your pants stay stretchy, your glasses stay full, and your family avoid talking politics
  • Turkey and wine and I’m feeling fine
  • Every day is leg day
  • ThankFULL
  • Feast mode
  • I cran and I will go back for seconds
  • Too soon for leftovers? Asking for a friend.
  • Nobody puts gravy in the corner
  • Gobble ’til you wobble
  • This is a reminder to set your scale back ten pounds this weekend
  • Family, turkey, and football — oh my!
  • Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about
  • Cranberries without vodka? Must be Thanksgiving
  • It’s all gravy, baby
  • Official occupation: couch potato
  • Is it time for leftovers yet?
  • Thanksgiving is plucking awesome
  • To do: Eat, drink, nap. Repeat.
  • Alexa: activate feast mode
  • My fondest Thanksgiving memory is sitting at the kids table and not being judged
  • My mom’s Facebook friends are going to lose it over these Family pics
  • Staying single, eating double, drinking triple
  • One of my biggest fears is that I’ll marry into a family that runs 5ks on holidays
  • Get your fat pants ready
  • Keep calm and gobble on
  • You know I’m all about that baste
  • Sweatpants are all that fit me right now
  • Just keep eating, just keep eating
  • Pro tip: You don’t have to answer your family’s questions if your mouth is full of food
  • Seasons eatings!
  • Turkey thot
  • Mom asked what I was making for Thanksgiving, I said ” a scene”
  • Let’s play “how drunk can I get at the family gathering without them knowing?”
  • Pies before guys
  • #blessed
  • You miss 100% of the leftovers you don’t take
  • Clear plates, full stomachs, can’t lose
  • If you ran a 5K this morning, we are not the same
  • No relationships were harmed in the making of this Thanksgiving dinner
  • Red wine pairs best with my relatives
  • Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint
  • If there are leftovers, you’re just not trying hard enough
  • No food left behind
  • It’s all fun and games, until your pants don’t fit anymore
  • Carb loading for Black Friday

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New England Fall Foliage Road Trip

Day 1: Burlington, VT
Day 2: Stowe, VT
Day 3: Manchester, VT
Day 4: Woodstock, VT
Day 5: White Mountains, NH
Day 6: Maine Coast (Portland, Kennebunkport, York, Portsmouth)
Day 7: Salem & Boston, MA

THINGS TO KNOW

  • A lot of restaurants and other places are closed random days of the week like Tuesday and Wednesday. Also random times. Many close before 8 pm which we found extremely odd and inconvenient. Check before you go! Also highly recommend making reservations for places that take them. 
  • Rent a car! Not many Ubers and it really is better just to have one. 
  • Be open to rerouting. If you plan your trip in advance you might very well not know when “peak” is. The more north the towns are, the better chance of seeing foliage. We happened to be there during peak in Stowe and New Hampshire which was awesome. Manchester and Woodstock are a little more south and had not hit full peak yet so we were a little disappointed and wished we would have rerouted to other areas.
  • There is no service is a lot of parts especially the mountains. Have back up maps and plenty of music on your phone. 
  • There are not many street lights throughout New England so if you can avoid driving in the dark, it is recommended.

MAP

new england road trip
https://goo.gl/maps/Vr7rppwyhrTvT5uaA

ITINERARY

DAY ONE: Burlington, VT to Stowe, VT

We chose to start the trip in Stowe so Burlington was the closest airport to there. Stowe is about a 45 minute drive from Burlington with beautiful views along the way and tons of photo opportunities. But then again that’s almost all of New England 😉 There are two routes to get to Stowe but if you arrive during the day I highly recommend taking the route through Cambridge which will bring you down through Smuggler’s Notch– one of the most picturesque routes for Fall foliage. 

Cambridge has a cute, covered bridge that we stopped at on the way to grab a picture. Honestly there are more covered bridges in New England than you can count so if you want to wait, there are definitely more memorable ones later on. If you can wait, I suggest bypassing food in Burlington and heading onto Stowe. We stopped at Smuggler’s Notch Resort for pizza and our first cider of the trip and WOW it was good. 

From there, continue on through Smuggler’s Notch. There are not many places to “safely” pull over although people are stopped all along the route taking pictures. Drive slowly because it’s twisty and people are known to be in the streets taking pictures *cough cough me*. 

We stayed at Spruce Peak Lodge and it really is the best place to stay as it has everything you could need! The lodge has several different restaurants on site, hiking trails, a beautiful golf course, and is the only ski-in and ski-out resort in Stowe if you happen to come in the Winter. 

We grabbed pre-dinner drinks at the bar at Solstice located on site at Spruce Peak. For dinner we headed to Idletyme Brewing Company and had the yummiest fried pickles and truffle macaroni and cheese. Loved that they have a large outdoor patio to enjoy the views and amazing weather. 

If you want to keep the party going, head on over to Burt’s Irish Pub. It’s a local dive spot so you know it’s good!

Additional things we didn’t get to do but I wanted to try:

  • Breakfast: The Skinny Pancake
  • Explore Lake Champlain on bike
  • Country Christmas Loft

DAY TWO: Explore Stowe, VT

Definitely spend a full day in Stowe or more if you can! This town looks like something straight out of a hallmark movie it’s so cute. We started the day out with a gondola ride and hike up Spruce Peak. There are several hiking trails to choose from that range from beginner to intermediate level. If you want to skip the hike but see beautiful views, take the Stowe Mountain Resort gondola up and down. It’s a small fee and located directly across the street from Spruce Peak.  

After our morning hike we headed into town for coffee and breakfast at Black Cap. If you can, I suggest grabbing coffee at Black Cap and then walking over to Butler’s Pantry for breakfast. Unfortunately it was closed when we were there. Make time to just walk around the little town center of Stowe after breakfast and pop into some of the shops- you won’t regret it. A few memorable ones were Shaw’s General store for souvenirs and Laughing Moon Chocolates for obvious reasons- get the Habanero Salted Caramel!

Next we went in search of another covered bridge for pictures and found the cutest red bridge (literally called Red Covered Bridge) about 15 minutes outside of town. There is also Emily’s Bridge located in Stowe that is supposed to be haunted but we forwent that one. 

We ended the day at Stowe Cider with a flight of of apple ciders and light bites from the food truck on site. Cold Hollow Cider Mill is another place for cider that I went to the next day. Both good- personally I found Cold Hollow Cider Mill over crowded and over hyped. If you want a more personal, low key experience go to Stowe Cider!

We ended up grabbing some cider to go and heading back to the hotel for room service because we were so tired. It was a fun night of drinking, downing pizza and girl talk by the fire. 10/10 recommend. 

DAY THREE: Drive from Stowe, VT to Manchester, VT

Before heading out of town I HAD to have another coffee from Black Cap. I somehow had it 3 times in 2 days. Had the Maple latte, Almond Joy latte and Nutella latte and honestly it was a 3 way tie for my favorite. 

Since Cold Hollow Cider Mill was on the route to Manchester we stopped off there for donuts and a cider (breakfast of champions). As stated before I personally found this place over crowded and over hyped. It was a zoo- hard to find a place to park as well as a spot to sit down. 

Now on to Manchester! Take Route 7. We stopped at Mad Tom Orchard to pick apples and obviously take orchard pictures. This orchard is literally surrounded by mountains on all sides so the views are amazing. Pictures really don’t do it justice. 

We stayed at Aerie Inn which is almost right next door to Mad Tom Orchard. Out of all of the places we stayed from here on out- this one was our favorite. Not because of any certain niceties other than it was cheap, convenient and got the job done. We could drive right up to the door, unload our belongings and come and go as we pleased. We dropped our stuff off and went into town for dinner. While it might have been a bit more convenient to stay in Woodstock, we chose here as it was considerably cheaper than anywhere else and about 10 minutes outside of Woodstock so not bad at all. 

We ate dinner at Silver Fork which came highly recommended. It is an old library turned into a restaurant that still has several of the original bones. It is a little on the nicer side so we chose to sit at the bar since we were dressed casually from our travel day. I’m very glad that we didn’t forgo this place as it was DELICIOUS. We split a few sharable dishes and enjoyed a couple of cocktails. The check came in a library book in which customers sign the pages. Very neat experience! 

DAY FOUR: Drive from Manchester to Woodstock, VT to Franconia, NH

Note that we did have to backtrack just a bit this morning since we stayed at Aerie Inn. Nonetheless it was worth it to us. We headed back into town for breakfast at the Little Rooster Cafe and to explore Manchester in the daylight. Manchester is known for their their name brand outlet stores so needless to say great shopping! Little Rooster Cafe was a very small, mom and pop sort of cafe and the food was SO good. Get there early and order the veggie hash with a side of whatever the seasonal pancakes are. 

From there we made a few pit stops at Chiselville Covered Bridge and Equinox Valley Nursery before doubling back and heading onto Woodstock. Equinox Valley Nursery was a cute nursery and served donuts. Good for a picture but the donuts were subpar if we are being honest. 

On to Woodstock via Route 100! Definitely plan to spend more time in Woodstock than Manchester. Woodstock is super cute! It was just unfortunate that the Fall foliage hadn’t really made its way there yet when we went. If you do decide to stay in Woodstock, everyone just raves about the Woodstock Inn even if it’s just to go and check it out!

We went a little past the town center to Sleepy Hollow Farm and Sugarbush Farm. Sleepy Hollow Farm is a photo opportunity (and that’s it) all over the internet. Personally I just really didn’t get it. Unless you are dying for a picture here, I would pass on it. Sugarbush Farms was very near Sleepy Hollow Farms and also a little underwhelming as they only offered 2 tiny maple and 2 tiny cheese samples. But dammit those tiny samples were good. We bought some and brought it home with us! 

We had some time to kill before dinner so we spent some time walking around Woodstock’s town center. This is where the Middle Covered Bridge is and several cute shops. We had dinner at Prince and the Pauper which again came highly recommended and reservations should definitely be made in advance. This was one of our more expensive dinners and if I’m being completely honest I’m not sure if it was worth the price tag. It was a prefixed, 3 course menu that you could choose an appetizer, salad and entree from. We enjoyed the butternut squash and apple cider soup, prosciutto and stuffed dates with blue cheese, and parmesan crusted cod.

After dinner we drove in the dark to Franconia for our stay at Sugar Hill Inn

DAY FIVE: Drive through the White Rock Mountains, NH

Wake up early! Also note you really need a solid day and a half to two days in New Hampshire to see everything. So this day was our busiest day and we ended up having to rearrange it because we slept in. If you want to make the most out of your day, I highly suggest doing the Artist’s Bluff trail early in the morning. Apparently there are two different routes- one that is 20 minutes and one that is over an hour. I’ll let you guess which one we somehow found ourselves on 😛

There are so many scenic areas in New Hampshire to hike and see. The great part is that there are hikes for all experience levels and if you don’t want to hike there are plenty of lookouts too! Rocky Gorge Scenic Area has a hiking trail that’s supposed to be really pretty but we just went for the pictures at the bottom. Another good one to check out is Flume Gorge.

The real star of the show though in New Hampshire is going to be the Kancamagus Highway. It’s a 34 mile stretch that lives up to the hype with the beautiful orange, yellow and red changing leaves if you hit it at the right time.

If you have a few hours to spare, you might check out the Mount Washington Cog Railway. It’s a train that chugs up to the peak of Mount Washington. Just a heads up it does take 3 hours to get up and back down and you don’t see any fall foliage as it doesn’t grow that high up the mountain but still a really cool experience that takes you above the clouds. I suggest bringing a book because there is no service on the cog.

We stayed the night Bartlett, NH which was a central location and good spot to jump on the second half of the Kancamagus Highway. Take Bear Notch Rd there- you won’t be sorry. If you need a good dinner spot that stays open late, Matty B’s Mountainside Cafe is a winner. I think it was $25 for a large pizza and bottle of wine and boy was that a good pizza.

A few other places we would have liked to visit:

  • Lunch/Coffee: Half Baked & Fully Brewed
  • Flume Gorge (hike)
  • Albany Covered Bridge (photo op)
  • Dinner: 1865 Wine Cellar

DAY SIX: Drive down the NE coast of Maine

Since we stayed another night in New Hampshire we woke up early, took Bear Notch Rd. to the Kancamagus Highway and stopped in Conway for coffee at Sweet Maple Cafe. It’s a cute little spot and their food looked so good but we wanted to hit the road so we didn’t stay for food. We did however stop to grab a picture at Swift River Bridge.

On our drive from Conway to the coast we made a pit stop at Sherman Farm Market for kettle corn and apple cider. They also have a pumpkin patch and corn maze!

From there we originally planned to start our Maine coast adventure in Portland but after coming off of a Fall Foliage high Portland was not our vibe so we escaped and headed South to the smaller, cuter coast towns if you will. Sorry no hate towards Portland but it was just a totally different vibe than what we were craving on this trip!

We moved on to Kennebunkport and Y’ALL. I will for sure be going back and spending some time here. SO FREAKING CUTE. I’ve never been to the Hamptons but I feel like it’s the Hamptons of the South. York and Ogunquit are also close by and equally as cute. You must grab a lobster roll and clam chowder basically anywhere here. We grabbed both at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport and sat by the water. We also heard that Batson River Brewing is a really fun place if you have time. Honestly just walk around and explore Kennebunkport- you’ll see why!

We stopped by Nubble Lighthouse (there are many on the coast but this is one of the more popular ones) before eating dinner at The York River Landing. The lobster roll was good but man the beer battered fish and chips were the move. Also, get a Shipyard pumpkin beer if they have it. I’m not the biggest beer drinker but I LOVED this.

We stayed the night in Portsmouth but if I could do it over again we would stay in Kennebunkport, York or Ogunquit. We immediately came back the next morning to York for breakfast at Stonewall Kitchen and to explore a bit more before trekking on!

A few other places we would have loved to visit:

  • Two Lights Lighthouse
  • Lunch: Lobster Shack (Ogunquit, ME)
  • Dinner: Black Trumpet (Portsmouth, NH)

DAY SEVEN: Explore Salem, MA and Boston, MA

Unpopular opinion here because literally EVERYONE and their mother told us to go to Salem, MA especially since it was October and Salem is obviously where the witch trials happened not to mention where Hocus Pocus was filmed, but personally I could have passed on Salem. Yes, if you are Halloween, witch or Hocus Pocus obsessed it’s worth stopping by but if not, maybe pass on Salem.

The good thing though is that you can knock Salem out in a couple of hours in my opinion. There are lots of tours- walking tours, ghost tours, hocus pocus film tours, etc- that allow you to see Salem pretty fast. We decided to just drive around Salem and use Helene’s Hocus Pocus set location map to find some of the poplar Hocus Pocus places.

From there we spent the rest of the day in Boston and if you’ve been to Boston than you know how grand it is! It’s hard to see Boston in a day- you really need at least 2-3 but seeing as it’s a direct flight back Houston we really only came for the airport. And oysters. You have to get oysters in Boston! I suggest going to the Lookout Rooftop bar for drinks and then Union Oyster House for dinner!

A couple of other places we would have loved to visit:

  • Mack’s Apples
  • Dinner: Little Donkey (Boston)

CONCLUSION

Would I go back? YES. I literally want to go back every year to do a Fall Foliage trip. I’d love to explore northern Maine next time that I go because I’ve heard amazing things but really you can’t go wrong anywhere in New England in the Fall. It really is just breathtaking at every turn! And seeing as I live in Texas and never see changing leaves or mountains- it was all the more special.

There are WAY more pictures and videos of our road trip adventure and places that we stopped along the way saved to my New England highlights on my Instagram page. If you do go and use any of my recommendations- please tag me! And if you find any amazing spots that I need to visit next year please leave those in the comments below:)

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Preliminary New England Road Trip Itinerary

MAP

https://goo.gl/maps/FQFmSsR3yC7qqjXEA

Day 1: Burlington, VT
Day 2: Stowe, VT
Day 3: Manchester, VT
Day 4: Woodstock, VT
Day 5: White Mountains, NH
Day 6: Maine Coast (Portland, Kennebunkport, York, Portsmouth)
Day 7: Salem & Boston, MA
Day 8: Boston, MA

ITINERARY

  • Burlington, VT
    • Breakfast: The Skinny Pancake
    • Explore Lake Champlain on bike
    • Country Christmas Loft
    • Travel to Stowe via way of Cambridge
    • Gates Farm Covered Bridge (photo op)
    • Smuggler’s Notch (photo op)
    • Dinner/drinks: Idletyme Brewing Company
  • Stowe, VT
    • Breakfast: Butler’s Pantry
    • Take a gondola up to see a scenic view of Stowe (photo op)
      • They are several but Stowe Mountain Resort was recommended
    • Explore the town of Stowe
    • Emily’s Bridge (photo op)
    • Stowe Maple Products
    • Cold Hollow Cider Mill (photo op)
  • Manchester, VT
    • Travel to Manchester via Route 7
    • Champlain Orchards (photo op)
    • Equinox Valley Nursery (photo op)
  • Woodstock, VT
    • Sleepy Hollow Farm (photo op)
    • Billings Farm & Museum
    • Sugarbush Farm
    • Visit the Woodstock Inn (photo op)
    • Middle Covered Bridge (photo op)
    • Dinner: The Prince and the Pauper or Mangalitsa
  • White Rock Mountains, NH
    • Sunrise: Artist’s Bluff (photo op)
    • Flume George (hike)
    • Breakfast/Coffee: Half Baked & Fully Brewed
    • Kancamagus Highway (foliage scenic route)
    • Bear Notch Road (foliage scenic route)
    • Rocky Gorge Scenic Area (hike)
    • Albany Covered Bridge (photo op)
    • Mount Washington Cog Railway (must buy tickets in advance)
    • Dinner: 1865 Wine Cellar
    • Swift River Bridge (photo op)
  • NE Coast
    • Breakfast: The Holy Donut (Portland, ME)
    • Two Lights Lighthouse
    • Explore Kennebunkport
    • Lunch: Lobster Shack (Ogunquit, ME)
    • Nubble Lighthouse
    • Dinner: Black Trumpet (Portsmouth, NH)
    • Breakfast: Stonewall Kitchen (York, ME *we are backtracking for this)
  • Salem/Boston
    • Stop by Mack’s Apples on the way to Salem
    • Salem Heritage Walking Tour
    • Explore Salem
    • Head to Boston
    • Explore Boston/Freedom Trail
    • Dinner: Little Donkey

SOURCES

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DIY Board & Batten Wall

Am I a DIY blogger now y’all?! I can’t believe I am sharing my first ever home project on here! And the crazy part is that I want to do it all over again. The project list is growing and you know I will take y’all along for the ride!

Backstory to all of this is that I bought my first home in October of 2020. It was built in 2013 so it is pretty updated and was very move in ready but I knew there were a few small changes and upgrades that I wanted to make to make it feel more like me. Well it only took me 8 months, several contractor quotes, and dragging my feet to muster up the courage to attempt my first DIY project.

I had seen and saved several board and batten style walls on Instagram and Pinterest over the 8 months that I was dragging my feet. If you are new to board and batten, just a heads up that there are a million and one different ways to achieve the board and batten style. I personally didn’t care for the super symmetrical patterns and chose something that I felt like elongated my already tall ceilings. Here are the two styles that I was originally between and ultimately with with the left style.

BEFORE

Not much to show before but a plain ‘ol wall. It’s such a big wall that I could never figure out what decor to put on it. Everything seemed lost on the wall so when I discovered board and batten, I was SOLD because honestly little to no decor is needed with this!

DIY Board and Batten Wall

*Before we dive into this tutorial I do want to note that I wish I would have taken more pictures. Sadly I video documented the entirety of the project but somehow didn’t think to take photos. So while I hope that my tutorial is helpful I would also suggest checking out the other articles I reference as well as do your own research prior to embarking on your DIY project.*

MATERIALS

  • Primed Pine Wood
  • Caulking
  • Caulking Gun
  • Invisible Nails
  • Brad Nail Gun
  • Electric Sander
  • Box Cuter
  • Putty Knife
  • Hammer
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes/Rollers
  • Wood Filler Putty

STEP BY STEP

Step 1: Move all of the furniture out of the way and strip down your wall. It is honestly personal preference if you want to remove any sort of base board and crown molding. We chose to keep our baseboard but remove the trim underneath the upper crown molding so that the board and batten would be flush with the walls on either side. I followed this video to remove the trim. You’ll need a box cutter, putty knife and a hammer (use the claw end). They didn’t use the hammer claw in the video but we found it worked MUCH better to pull the trim away from the wall once the box cutter and putty knife were used to loosen the grip on the wall.

Step 2: Depending on how much you removed/scraped off of the wall, you might have some gaps in the wall where the paint and or part of the dry wall has been removed. We personally did not need to do this as we didn’t remove much and knew the boards would cover it but you do want to ensure that you have a smooth canvas before you start laying your wood! So if you have any uneven parts remove, sand, plaster and sand again.

Step 3: Get a pen and paper and measure out your wall. You will need the exact dimensions of the wall to figure out board spacing and no matter how savvy you or your memory is WRITE IT DOWN. Once you have your dimensions, decide how many vertical boards you want. I knew I wanted minimal boards and larger spacing. Again this is personal preference depending on what look you are going for and it really helped me to physically draw this out! My dimensions were 218 inches x 110 inches which was a bit annoying because all of my measurements didn’t end up being pretty whole numbers.

I decided on 6 vertical boards (including the two side boards) so 5 spaces total. To figure out your spacing between each board you will need to do a little math. Since I knew my board width was 3.75″ (Home Depot will say 4″ but we learned that actually means 3.75″ for some insane reason) and I had 6 boards I multiplied 3.75 x 6= 22.5 and subtracted that from my total width 218-22.5= 195.5. Then divide that number by the number of spaces you will have. Since I had 5 spaces I divided 195.5/ 5= 39.1. This will be your spacing between each vertical board which is what you will need to cut your horizontal boards to. Since I had 5 spaces, I needed 5 … boards.

  • Two 12 ft boards (top board and baseboard)
  • Two 8 ft boards cut down to 6.16 ft (top board and baseboard)
    • Our room was just over 18ft and the biggest size pine wood that they make is 12 ft so we had to put two together)
  • Six 12 ft boards cut down to 8.58 ft (vertical boards)
  • Five 3.28 ft boards (horizontal boards – can use the scrap pieces from the above)

Step 4: It’s time for the fun part! It’s time to add the wood framing. Before we get into specifics though I suggest you do your research between MDF and pine. I originally wanted to use MDF as it is a much cheaper option but Home Depot would not cut it down for me and I was not about to attempt to do it myself so I ultimately went with pine. If you are confident enough to cut your own dimensions (MDF comes in a sheet), then I suggest going the MDF route, if you are a DIY newb like me, spend the extra money and buy the pine and have Home Depot or wherever you purchase from cut it down to your exact dimensions. If you choose to go the MDF route, I found this DIY article helpful.

Step 5: Now it’s time to start adding your wood to the wall. Do your baseboard first, top next and sides last. If you have any sort of trim or baseboard on the surrounding walls be sure to trim the existing baseboard/trims so that your pine fits right in place. Use the invisible nails as glue to mount your boards and then come in with the nail gun to hold the board in place. You want to be generous with the nail glue but don’t go overboard and also keep it in the middle of the board so that it doesn’t ooze out whenever you mount it.

After the boards were up, we probably used about 6 nails per board. You don’t need a ton! Obviously it’s best to nail into a stud but if that’s not possible it’s ok to nail into the wall. Between the invisible glue and nails you will be fine. That being said, if you know you aren’t nailing into a stud, angle the nail in so that it grips into the wall better.

Step 6: Adding in your inner pine pieces. Assuming you measured correctly, your Home Depot technician cut those exact measurements, and your wall isn’t too warped this part should be a breeze. I’m laughing as I type this because let’s just say the starts did NOT align for us as the boards were not cut to the exact dimension AND our wall was pretty warped. It took cutting the boards down a bit and then hammering the boards into place. What I mean by hammering is that we almost had to put the board in at a diagonal angle and then hammer it sideways until it was perfectly vertical. If the boards aren’t flush against the wall with the invisible glue, that’s ok. That is where the caulking will come in.

Step 7: Time to prep for paint! That means filling in all of the nail holes with spackle, caulking where the boards aren’t flush with the wall, and sanding down the board seems so that once the paint goes on you won’t even see where the boards meet.

For caulking, you will need to go around every seem. We literally caulked around every single board. The point of caulking is to fill in any gaps so that all of the boards are flush with the wall. It’s easiest to do one board or section at a time. Apply the caulking swiftly so that you aren’t getting too much in one area. After you do your caulking line, immediately run your finger all the way down the board to make a smooth line. Make sure to also go over any seems where the boards meet. Basically use the caulking everywhere that there is a gap or seem! Use a wet towel to remove any extra caulking from the wall or boards as you don’t want any added texture once you start painting.

Filling in the nail holes with wood filler putty is pretty self explanatory. If you use this tool it makes things much easier. If not, just use your finger and feel free to be generous as you will go back in with a hand sander after and sand down where you just filled in the holes.

An electric sanding machine is going to be your best friend here. We own this one from Amazon and it works like a charm! You can also rent them from Home Depot but the Amazon one is so cheap it makes more sense to just buy it. Now wherever the boards meet sand them down so that they are totally flush. Feel free to also use the sander anywhere that there is added texture. You want your boards to be as smooth as a baby’s bottom with no seems or texture before you start painting.

Step 8: Tape off the outside perimeter with painter’s tape so that you don’t go outside of the lines!

Step 9: Paint time! We went with Sherwin William’s “Passive” which is a light grey. It pulled blueish tones at first which made me worried but it turned out beautiful! We had off white, almost yellow walls before so I opted for a cooler grey to neutralize.

Sherwin Williams had me buy two different types of paint for some reason (one for wood and one for the wall) but don’t do that. We used the wall paint on everything and it worked just fine! We used roller brushes everywhere and then went back in with a paint brush where the roller brush couldn’t fit. It took two coats and we used almost an entire gallon.

AFTER

Drumroll please….. DUN DUN DUN.

I am beyond happy with how it turned out! All in all it took 3 days. One full day of work to get everything ready to the paint stage and then another 2 days just for the two coats of paint so that was probably only a couple hours each day. Now that I have the hang of it and hopefully wouldn’t have to make 10 Home Depot runs again, I would 100% do it again. If I can do it on my first try, I have faith that you can too!

If I missed anything or you have questions feel free to comment below or reach out to me on Instagram. And if you attempt your own board and batten wall- good luck!

DIY Board and Batten Wall
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