DIY Nursery Board and Batten

Before we found out we were having a boy I didn’t look too much into nursery ideas, because there are just SO MANY out there. I figured it would be easier to wait until we knew the gender so I could at least narrow it down in that way. Once we found out we were having a boy the search was on! I know I wanted an accent wall, and I also knew I didn’t want a traditional “nursery theme”. I wanted something that could stay even as he got older, and really wanted to stick with more of a color scheme than a theme. Finally after some time we decided to go with a partial board and batten wall. My in-laws and husband made all my dreams come true creating this wall! Also honorable mention to my mom, aunt, grandma, and brother Cole who helped do a little painting in the room!

This is the final product of the wall, and I think it turned out so perfect! Below is a breakdown of everything we used, and the steps we took to get the wall up! 

For starters I will also include that this wall is ROUGHLY 13ft long, and our ceilings are about 8’9”. This could change the height you want your boards! 

Paint: all three walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish. The top of the accent wall is Woodland Lichen by Sherwin Williams also in matte.  

**disclaimer: since we have highly textured walls we did not do a faux board and batten where you only add the batten portion to the wall. Since the wall would be white we were worried the texture would come through too much. IF the texture doesn’t bother you then it’s way less material and time and you can just got out the whole first portion of these steps.

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First Trimester Recap

First of all I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are to be having this little boy! And thank you so much to all the love and support from everyone who has reached out and prayed for this sweet sweet boy. 

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What’s the back story? 

If you are new around here I will try and catch you up in a short and sweet way. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for quite some time before we decided to seek help. I am a planner at heart so when this wasn’t working for us I took it really hard. I saw my doctor in December of 2020 and expressed my concerns and asked if there was anything she could do for us before seeing a fertility specialist. She ran typical blood work, which all came back normal, and then an internal and external ultrasound along with a Hysterosalpingography. Which is a very long word for an uncomfortable procedure where they shoot dye into your fallopian tubes to see if there is any blockage. Ding Ding Ding, my right fallopian tube was completely blocked off with scar tissue. This was then causing a fluid to back up into my uterus so even if I had a successful fertilized egg from the other side the fluid would sleep it from implanting. I did still go see a fertility specialist which led us to find out I had a low AMH, which means low egg count and I was highly encouraged to do IVF once I got my tube removed. I did decide to have the fallopian tube removed in March 2021. For the rest of the story on that process, and us deciding to hold off on IVF you can check out this youtube video here

How did I find out I was pregnant?

I actually had a chemical pregnancy in June of 2021, this hurt so bad. It had happened before, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen again after I had my surgery. But, we decided to stay positive and see that my body is moving in the right direction! My husband is a state trooper, and is currently working shifts on and off at the border. Which means he’s gone for 2 weeks at a time. Well, while he was at the border I missed my period. I didn’t think anything of it, because honestly after surgery my periods weren’t very consistant, and it’s very possible for your period to take 4 to 6 weeks to return after a chemical pregnancy or miscarriage. When my husband got home (around 8am, exhausted from a 6 hour drive) I took a test. I couldn’t look at it though. So he walked into the bathroom and picked it up. He looked down at it and then at me as he flipped it around and once I realized it said positive I noticed the giant smile on his face! I jumped into his arms with so much excitement. Excitement from a positive test, but also excitement knowing I should be 6 weeks pregnant if the math was right which is further than I had ever gotten! 

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