I got smarter as I went along and lined them all up to sand instead of working on each individually.
I also lined them up together to prime and then paint all the boards.
Everyone will tell you to get a nail gun. We didn’t and it took longer, but whatever. We needed to keep the cost way down on this project and no one in our area rents nail guns. We did buy a circular saw and did all the cutting and mitering of the boards in our basement. Mitering corners is a whole tutorial in itself, and I’ll do one for you soon.
The big reveal will have to wait until I complete the other 27 or so projects on this level, but for now enjoy our progress!
Isn’t it starting to look lovely?
Below is a pic taken from the kitchen looking at the 1/2 bath and basement doors. This just gives you a feel for what it’s looking like. The paint on top is Ramie by Sherwin Williams and it looks fantabulous with Sea Salt.
And here is a horrible pic of my new mantel area! Please ignore the lack of decorations and bad lighting. I pulled my mirror from my bedroom to see if I liked it down here or not. Jury is still out. But what I am liking is the board and batten above! The fireplace might get painted white in the spring time. We’ll see.