DIY Planked Board and Batten Focal Wall Reveal

You want to know the absolute greatest DIY secret on the planet?

I’m talkin’ complete painting-frenzy game-changer here:

The “Don’t Stop Believin'” Pandora Radio station.

It’s true. Snow White’s seven dwarves who whistled while they worked? They were onto something.

So 80s rock jams are officially the soundtrack of our master bedroom makeover

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UPDATE: See our full master bedroom makeover reveal here!

Anytime Robert and I bust out the power tools or paint brushes, Journey or Queen is blaring throughout the room.

We make it a dance / DIY date, usually with Olivia jumping on the bed along with our tunes.

So last week, while I was sharing Part 1 for how we built our DIY planked board and batten focal wall, I was caulking and painting away like a mad woman.

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I looooove (okay, erm…really really likity like) how it turned out!

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I went with the color Sherwin Williams Alabaster in semi-gloss for the planked wall, and I think it might be my favorite shade of white ever. It’s the perfect creamy white, not too stark white and not too yellowy, just right.

A few years ago, if you had asked me what my favorite shade of white was, I would have looked at you like you had three eyeballs on your head. It’s bonkers how many white shades are out there and how completely different they can look in a room.

The Alabaster paint doesn’t match our bathroom and closet doors at all, but those are about to get switched out for something fancier anyway.

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We’re nowhere close to being finished in here, and we already have more updates to show you guys, but this is really the first step that has felt like a big leap.

I already have a pretty good idea what I want to hang over our bed, but I’m curious, what would you put there? A mirror? Art? Faux taxidermy? Wreath? Leave it blank?

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After having our duvet for over two years, I finally picked up this ticking stripe one at Ikea last week. Our bedding feels so much more luxurious with that extra weight now.

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Here’s where we are on the ol’ checklist:

  • DONE: Paint walls (Benjamin Moore Moonshine)
  • DONE: Install planked board and batten wall
  • Change hardware on dresser
  • Install window trim
  • Install crown moulding
  • Refinish barn doors
  • Hang barn doors
  • Change out lamps
  • Hang decor over bed
  • Replace blinds with bamboo shades?
  • Hang curtains
  • Buy area rug
  • Change out mirror
  • Paint a gray wash on bed?

Whew! Yep… still a long way to go. But it’s nothing a little power tool jam sesh to “Bohemian Rhapsody” can’t fix. 😉

UPDATE!  You can check out more about all of the projects and makeovers that went into our master bedroom here:

So what do you think? Are you loving it as much as we do? Do you have a favorite 80s rock jam all us DIYers should add to our playlist? Or a favorite Pandora station??



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  1. The wall is awesome, but you’re playing the wrong Pandora station – Decades 60’s is THE station to “dance” through all those DIY projects (guess it’s a generational thing). ?

  2. Love your wall!!! We were going to do the exact same thing -Jenna Sue design – in SW Alabaster 🙂 so thankful I have a pic to show hubby and you guys did an awesome job!

  3. It looks great! Can’t wait to see the barn doors you talked about!!! As far as my 2 cents as to what to put over the bed, have you seen Joanna Gaines calligraphy-script-vinyl/painted-wall-art she used throughout her home? I don’t know, I always default to that… But, nothing at all I think looks great, too! I’m going to show this to my hippie-man who makes fun of me for liking “everything white” (because he likes COLOR on an unhealthy level) to hopefully bring him over to the “farmhouse” style I love so much!! Thanks for the inspiration and awesome posts!!!!

  4. Love the transformation thus far!!! From the looks of your “to do” list and your design board, the room is going to have somewhat of a rustic feel…. Whatever hangs above the bed shouldn’t be so big that it takes away from the batten and planks and it should be rustic…. I like the mirror idea. I also like the lamps and wondered if they would “fit in” more if you painted them in another , more rustic color?! Just a thought…. Can’t wait to see the complete transformation…

    1. Thanks, Lanita! It definitely will have a rustic feel with a modern twist. That’s a good idea about the lamps. My main concern is I think they might be a bit too tall since they’re higher than the headboard. But it might just be me trying to get used to the changes. We’ll see. Always love your input, Lanita. 🙂